The Kwara State government has announced October 5 as resumption date for both private and public schools within the state.
The announcement was confirmed by a statement by the state’s Commissioner for Communications, Afolabi Oshatimehin, in Ilorin on Wednesday.
According to the Commissioner, the resumption date for state-owned tertiary institutions in that state are quite different as they are expected to resume for academic activities on the 12th of October, 2020.
He said “With various trainings held for teachers, on how to protect themselves and students, from COVID-19 infection, improved manpower in monitoring and case tracings, and appreciable guarantee of some protection for the children, the government hereby directs the reopening of elementary schools from October 5, 2020.
“Similarly, state owned tertiary institutions are to reopen from October 12, 2020, or as may be determined by their respective governance structures,” the statement added.
According to the commissioner, “COVID-19 is still with us. The government therefore, urges school authorities to ensure that all safety protocols are adhered to, including physical distancing, use of face masks, and constant washing of hands with soap and water, in order to flatten the curve of transmission of the virus.
“The government, similarly, wishes our students and teachers a safe stay in school, while promising to continue to do its best to keep the citizens safe at all times.”
The government warned that “Schools with scanty regards for safety protocols risk being shut.”
Like every other states of the federation, Kwara State economy and education system were shut down on the order of President Buhari-led administration in March as a precautionary measures in curbing the spread of the coronavirus disease.