By Titus Atondu, Makurdi
Benue State Government has approved Monday, 21st September, 2020 for resumption of all category of schools across the state.
Professor Dennis Ityavyar Commissioner for Education who announced this on Tuesday at Government House Makurdi while briefing journalists explained that both public and private primary, secondary and tertiary institutions are to abide by the directive.
He explained that the resumption is for first term of 2020 and 2021 academic session, stressed that third term has been cancelled including payment of school fees for all other categories of pupils and students except the exit classes of JSS 3 and SSS 3.
“Let me emphasize on the issue of school fees to avoid confusion because if third term is cancelled, school fees for the term is also cancelled. But in the case of JSS 3 and SSS 3, parents are expected to pay their third term fees. However, those who have not done third term, they don’t need to pay fees and this applies to private and public schools,” Prof Ityavyar explained.
According to the Education Commissioner, it was the collective decision of stakeholders in the education sector in the state that all tertiary institutions be fumigated and COVID-19 protocols strictly observed.
He stated that parents are to provide facemasks and hand sanitizers while school authorities provide hand washing facilities and monitor compliance with social distancing in terms of sitting arrangement.
Professor Ityavyar stated that schools with 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 first term would end on 18th December, 2020 while second term of 2020 and 2021 would commence on 7th January 2021 and end on March the same year.
Education Commissioner also urged Benue citizens 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.
Nigerian NewsDirect reports that the Education Commissioner was accompanied to the briefing alongside SUBEB Chairman, Executive Secretary TSB, Executive Secretary Benue State Examination Board, Education Permanent Secretary among others.