The Kogi State Government has announced September 14th as resumption date for all schools in the State.
The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Wemi Jones who made the announcement on Tuesday in Lokoja said resumption is for all schools from primary,secondary to tertiary institutions.
According to her ,the State Government arrived at the decision after series of interaction with the relevant stakeholders.
Jones said: “You will recall that His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello, had directed the closure of all schools from primary to tertiary institutions in the state from March 23, because of the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic.
“Subsequently, upon the directive of the Federal Ministry of Education, exit classes were opened for Primary 6, JSS3 and SS3 in Kogi on August 10, to particularly allow the SS3 classes to prepare and write the WAEC examination.
“Therefore, upon further review having had several meetings with relevant stakeholders, His Excellency has directed that all schools in Kogi State should fully reopen on September 14, 2020”.
The commissioner stressed that the state government’s decision to reopen all classes was upon the success story from the resumed exit classes, “We have not recorded any negative report as far as COVID-19 pandemic is concerned.
“Hence, His Excellency deemed it fit for every school to open for full academic activities”, he said.
“So, the State Government will not stop at anything to ensure that our learners are kept in good condition as far as COVID-19 pandemic and indeed other diseases or health issues are concerned.
“We encourage everybody to play their roles be ensuing personal hygiene reiterating that personal hygiene remained the personal responsibility of everybody. ”For the higher institutions, I have personally placed direct telephone calls to the heads of all state’s tertiary institutions and I had discussions with them to ascertain their level of preparedness. It appears that all of them are fully ready for schools’ reopening.
“We have equally asked them to get in touch with the ministry should there be any further requirements in order for them to make their institutions safe for the benefit of students and staff”, the Commissioner added.