COVID-19: Kogi Schools to Reopen for Exit Classes August 10

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Kogi State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Hon. Wemi Jones has confirmed that schools in the state will reopen on the 10th of August, 2020.

The Commissioner made the disclosure in Lokoja on Monday.

He said the decision to reopen schools was reached after an emergency meeting with NAPPS and other stake holders in the education sector.

He noted that re-opening schools on August 10 will allow the Ministry of Education monitor and ensure that schools put in place necessary COVID-19 protocols.

Jones clarified that schools are re-opening for students in exit classes only. That is, Primary 6, Junior Secondary 3 (JS3) and Senior Secondary 3 (SS3).

While the West African Examination Council (WAEC) examination will commence on the 17th of August, 2020, the Commissioner said dates for BECE and PSCE will be announced later.

The stakeholders agreed that when schools re-open, all NCDC protocols will be fully in place by ensuring social distancing, making infrared thermometer, sanitizer, soap and running water available for students and teachers, fumigation of schools, among others.

It was also agreed that both the ministry and NAPPS will setup separate committees to monitor complete compliance.

Visitors, staff, pupils and students should put on their face mask/shields and their temperature tested and recorded before entering the school premises.

Kogi State Chairman of National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Dr. Habeeb Yaqeen, said the decision is a welcome development. He assured the commissioner of NAPPS’ cooperation.

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