KWARA, Nigeria – Public and private schools in Kwara State are to resume academic activities on Monday, October 5, 2020.
A statement by the state Commissioner for Communications, Afolabi Oshatimehin, announced in Ilorin, on Wednesday.
Tertiary institutions are however, expected to resume on October 12, 2020.
The Commissioner 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.”
OgeneAfrican learnt that Kwara State Government shut schools since March 23, 2020, following the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic.