Bayelsa: Govt Approves Full Reopening Of Schools Including Tertiary Institutions

The Bayelsa State government has approved October 5, 2020 as the date for the full reopening of all private and public schools. The State Governor, Duoye Diri gave the approval at the end of a meeting of the committee on safe re-opening of schools held at the government house in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa capital, on […]

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The Bayelsa State government has approved October 5, 2020 as the date for the full reopening of all private and public schools.

The State Governor, Duoye Diri gave the approval at the end of a meeting of the committee on safe re-opening of schools held at the government house in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa capital, on Monday.

According to the Governor, all the schools, both private and public, including tertiary institutions are to resume full academic activities.

The State Commissioner for information, orientation, and strategy, Ayibaina Duba who communicated the decision to journalists said the government hopes the decision will help cover lost grounds as a result of the forced lockdown brought about by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

“The third term and session would terminate on December 18, 2020, and a new academic session would commence in January 2021,” he said.

“Government has also directed the committee to close down private schools operating below government approved standards. This directive is strictly to protect students from learning under unhygienic environment, where they might be exposed to COVID-19 and other infections.

“What we have done is to ensure that the lost time is regained. Therefore, the government of Bayelsa state, under the leadership of senator Douye Diri, has decided with all the critical stakeholders that all schools, both public and private and all tertiary institutions, should resume for classes from the 5th of October, 2020.

“It has also come to the notice of government that many private schools are not up to standard and the governor directed the ministry of education to shut down such schools.”

Similarly, Gentle Emelah, commissioner for education, said though no coronavirus infection has been recorded among pupils and students in terminal classes who had resumed in August, full COVID-19 protocols would still be in place as schools reopen in the state.