The Kogi State Government has today Tuesday 1st September 2020 announced that schools at all levels will resume on the 14th of September 2020. Honourable ‘Wemi Jones, the State’s Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, made this known at a press briefing on Tuesday morning in the capital city of Lokoja. The decision, according to the commissioner, was reached after due consultations with all relevant stakeholders and after all public and private schools in the State were assessed to know their status of preparedness and understanding of the safety needs and requirements for the reopening of the schools.
Jones said, “You will recall that His Excellency, Gov. Yahaya Bello, had directed the closure of all schools from primary to tertiary institutions in the state from March 23rd, 2020, 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, 2020, 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, that is two weeks from today.”
He added that the State Government came to the decision after assessing situations of the schools especially after the opening for the exit classes. “We have not recorded any negative report as far as Covid-19 pandemic is concerned. Hence, His Excellency dimmed it fit for every school to open for full academic activities.”
He admonished all heads of schools to faithfully adhere to enable complete compliance with the COVID-19 precautions clearly stipulated by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, noting that all the details and guidelines are available on different platforms and media for everyone to access.
“The ministry will review the state’s Academic Calendar accordingly to reflect on the new development, and the details would be worked out and released to the relevant stakeholders in due course before resumption,” he disclosed.
“However, we encourage that all relevant educational stakeholders like ANCOPSS, ASSUS, SUBEB, NAPPS, Heads of Tertiary Institutions in Kogi State, NUT, STETSCOM and every other stakeholders are very free to liaise with us at the ministry for further clarification.
“We are equally informing the general public, parents, guardians, schools heads that we are very particular about the health and safety of our learners in Kogi State.
“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,” he continued.
The commissioner charged everyone to contribute to ensuring personal hygiene, saying 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 said.