By Eseoghene Emuke & Mercy Jerry
The Delta State University, Abraka, says it will re-open for academic activities for the second semester of 2019/2020 Academic session on Monday October 5, 2020.
This is coming over five months after the institution was shut down following the outbreak of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
According to the institution’s bulletin, students would resume in phases as a result of the COVID-19 protocol and part of measures to checkmate the spread of coronavirus in the university community.
NIGER DELTA TODAY (NDT) Online reports that the Delta State Government had approved October 2 for the commencement of academic activities in tertiary institutions in the state.
The bulletin titled “Re-Opening of the University after the Ease of the Covid-19 Lockdown”, however, directed all members of staff of the university to immediately resume work in preparation for resumption.
It stated that postgraduate, graduating (400 & 500 levels) and 100 level students would resume academic activities between Monday 5th – Saturday 31 October, 2020.
A copy of the document read, “This is to inform the university community, particularly staff and students that Management at its special meeting held on Thursday September 17, 2020 has decided as follows
The university would re-open in phases as indicated hereunder: Monday 5″- Saturday 31 October, 2020 Postgraduate, Graduating (400 & 500 levels) and 100 level students would resume for academic activities for completion of the second semester with two weeks for revision and two weeks examinations.
“Monday, 20 – Monday, 30 November, 2020 200 and 300 level students including Diploma students would resume with two weeks of revision and two weeks for examinations.
“All members of staff are to resume work immediately in preparation for resumption of academic activities scheduled for Monday 5 October, 2020. Please note that all categories of staff are to resume work at 8.00 am and close at 4.00 pm.”
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Similarly, the Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro, has also approved Monday September 28 as resumption date for National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) students.
It, however, directed ND1 and HND 1 students to return to class on Monday October 12
Also, the Delta State Polytechnic, Oghara, has approved Friday October 2 as resumption date for the completion of the first semester examination which was postponed as a result of the outbreak of the coronavirus.
A circular by the school authority indicated that the institution’s first semester examination will commence on October 12 for ND11 and HND11 students while ND1 and HND1 students will begin October 26.