Many states across the country may allow their schools to resume on the 18th January 2021. The reason being that they have lost ground academically after the last lock down forced schools closure from March till September 2020.
Bauchi State government is one state which says it would reopen its 4,816 schools on this date for the 2020/2021 academic session.
Mr Aliyu Tilde, the state commissioner of education said,
“We would reopen the schools for first term, which was supposed to begin in September”.
He said the previous lockdown of schools, as a result of the pandemic, had negatively affected the school calendar, hence government’s resolve to resume school at the earlier scheduled date.
Mr Tilde explained that the schools would strictly abide by the COVID-19 protocols of social distancing, wearing of face masks, sanitising hands and “any other measure that would prevent the disease”.
He warned that any school that is found not adhering strictly to the protocols would be sanctioned appropriately, explaining that till date no single case of the disease had been recorded in the state’s schools.
The commissioner stressed that full academic activities would begin in earnest across the 4,600 primary and Junior Secondary and 216 Senior Secondary schools, across the 20 local government areas of the state on the stipulated date.
He called on parents and guardians to be ready for the school resumption date, saying, ”we were supposed to resume school since the 4th of January this year, but we had to follow the federal government’s directive of January 18th”.
“We have since fumigated all our schools, including the four existing tertiary institutions, to guard against any eventuality ” he added.
The Federal Government had in December 2020, in the wake of the second wave of Covid19 said schools in the country would remain shut till January 18, 2021.
The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, announced the closure of bars, night clubs, pubs, event centres, and recreational venues as well.
He had urged religious centres to maintain 50 per cent capacity at all times and as well as ensure strict compliance to Covid-19 protocols at all gatherings.
But that was not needed during the Christmas festivities as church’s in part were organizing one program or the other with assorted crowds thronging venues.
Mustapha had said that measures were important to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease as the country battled the second wave of the pandemic.
“All government staff on Grade Level 12 and below are to stay at home for the next 5 weeks; Permanent Secretaries and Chief Executives are to be held accountable for enforcing NPI rules in their domains with frequent spot checks.
“The PTF on the advice of the Federal Ministry of Education, expects that schools would have vacated from the 18th December 2020 and remain closed till at least the 18th of January, 2021 to enable the measures introduced to take effect.
“All persons above the age of 60yrs and/or with comorbidities are to be encouraged to stay at home and avoid crowds. All non-essential travels – both domestic and international during the holiday season are seriously discouraged.”
Edo is one of the states with increasing number of active cases rise as health officials say people have become more susceptible to contracting the virus. It’s schools are most likely resuming on 18th.
Edo State active cases of the dreaded Coronavirus is being managed at the state’s isolation and treatment centres have climbed to 215 in 24hours.
State COVID-19 Incident Manager, Dr. Andrew Obi, said Edo state said, “We have recorded 18 new COVID-19 cases in the state. Of these, 12 were recorded at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), while 6 were reported at the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH).
“The results came from the 72 samples collected across the screening and testing centres in the state. We currently have 215 active cases in the state and recorded 10 recoveries.”
He noted that the state government is intensifying efforts to curb the spread of the virus and has stepped up public enlightenment and disease surveillance activities across the state.
“The data we have on the second wave of the epidemic is disturbing. We have a community spread rate of 13.7 percent and case positivity rate of 13.1 percent. This means that people are more susceptible to contracting the virus than before,” he added.
He added that patients are actively being managed at the state’s isolation and treatment centres, including those at the UBTH, ISTH, Stella Obasanjo Hospital, Edo Specialist Hospital and Ogbe Nursing Home, among others