JUST IN: Benue Set To Reopen Schools By September 21
The Benue State Government has approved the resumption of all schools across the state on Monday, 21 September 2020.
Commissioner for Education, Professor Dennis Ityavyar, who announced at Government House Makurdi this Wednesday, while briefing journalists, said that public and private primary, secondary and tertiary institutions must abide by the Directive.
He clarified that the resumption is for the first term of the 2020 and 2021 academic sessions, stressing that the third term for other groups of pupils and students except JSS 3 and SSS 3 has been cancelled, including the payment of school fees.
“Let me stress the problem of school fees, so there is no misunderstanding because, if the third term is cancelled, school fees for the term are also cancelled. However, in the case of JSS 3 and SSS 3, parents are expected to pay their third term fees. However, those who have not completed the third term do not have to pay fees and this applies to private and public schools, “explained Prof. Ityavyar.
According to the Commissioner for Education, it was the joint consensus of stakeholders in the education sector that all tertiary institutions should be fumigated and the COVID-19 protocols strictly followed.
He stated that parents are to provide facemasks and hand sanitizers while school authorities provide handwashing facilities and monitor compliance with social distancing in terms of sitting arrangement.
Professor Ityavyar stated that schools with a high population would have to operate morning and afternoon sessions to avoid congestion, stressing that strict monitoring would be carried out to ensure compliance.
The Education Commissioner who acknowledged the compliance of Benue people with COVID-19 protocols said the first term would end on 18th December 2020 while the second term of 2020 and 2021 would commence on 7th January 2021 and end on March the same year.
Professor Ityavyar, in another development, urged Benue people with requisite qualifications to apply for the National Teachers Scheme under the Universal Basic Education Board, UBEC, adding that interested persons could contact SUBEB for details.