Oyo cancels 3rd term, fixes BECE, new school calendar

Seyi Makinde, Oyo State governor

The Oyo State government has announced the cancellation of the Third Term for the 2019/2020 academic session across its primary and secondary schools.

It also approved a new academic calendar for the 2020/2021 academic session.

Oyo State Executive Council at its meeting on Tuesday, 21st July, 2020 said the approved the academic calendar was to guide resumption of schools and other associated educational activities in the State.

Among this is the fixing a date for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) conducted by the government.

With the cancellation of the Third Term 2019/2020 session, promotion of students, for all affected classes, will now be determined by First and Second Term Continuous Assessment.

EduCeleb.com understands that the irregular situation is a result of the general closure of schools in Nigeria since March to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Schools in Oyo State had however been reopened for the past three weeks for students in their terminal classes – Primary Six, Junior Secondary School 3 (JSS 3) and Senior Secondary School 3 (SSS 3).

The government said these set of students who have been in school solely for revisions will proceed on holiday from 30th July and resume based on various schedules.

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For those in JSS 3, they were expected back in school for the BECE to hold between 10th and 18th August, 2020

Also, a Competitive Entrance Examination into the Schools of Science for those in Primary Six will hold on 19th August, 2020.

Registered candidates would also be participating in a Placement/Screening Test to JSS1 on 20th August, 2020.

Placement Test into Technical Colleges would hold 28th August, 2020.

Those in SSS 3 will resume for their examination as soon as the examination bodies – the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and the National Examination Council (NECO) – announce the date.

For the 2020/2021 academic session, the First Term commences on 21st September and ends on 18th December, 2020.

The Second Term is between 11th January and 9th April, 2021 while the Third Term spans between 3rd May and 30th July 2021.

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