Benue discloses schools’ resumption date

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The Benue State Government has approved 21st September, 2020, for the resumption of all schools in the state.

This is according to the state Commissioner for Education, Dennis Ityavyar.

According to him, both public and private primary, secondary and tertiary institutions would resume on that day.

This is the first time schools in the state would be reopening since March when they were all shut as part of measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

Ityavyar noted that the resumption is for the first term of the 2020/2021 academic session, adding that the third term for other categories of pupils and students except JSS 3 and SSS 3 has been cancelled, including the payment of school fees.

He stated that all tertiary institutions in the state will be fumigated and COVID-19 protocols strictly observed.

Parents are advised to provide face masks and hand sanitizers for thier children/wards while the school authorities will provide handwashing facilities and monitor compliance with social distancing in terms of sitting arrangement.

Schools with a high number of students would have to operate morning and afternoon sessions to avoid congestion, adding that strict monitoring would be carried out to ensure compliance.

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He said the first term will end on 18th December, 2020 while the second term of the 2020/2021 session will commence on 7th January, 2021 and end in March of the same year.

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