By Eseoghene Emuke
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State on Wednesday ordered the reopening of primary and secondary schools in the state for academic activities beginning from Monday September 28.
The government, however, deferred resumption date for Nursery/Pre – primary and KG 1 to 3 pupils till January 2021.
The governor said the reopening was to enable schools in the state conclude the 2019/2020 academic session and commence the 2020/2021 session.
Okowa had ordered closure of all schools including Primary and Secondary schools in the state following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The reopening is coming over five months after they were shut to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus in the state.
In a statement issued by the State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah, said the governor had ordered resumption of academic activities for primary and secondary schools.
The commissioner explained that “Secondary school students in JSS 1, JSS 2, SS 1 and SS 2 that are yet to write the second term examination will resume from Monday, September 28, 2020 to Friday, October 9, 2020 to enable them prepare for and write their second term examinations in order to conclude the 2019/2020 academic session, while boarders are expected to resume on Sunday, October 27, 2020.
“Also, Primary School Pupils in primary 4 and 5 that are yet to complete the second term examination would resume on Tuesday October 6, 2020 to Friday, October 9, 2020.”
He stressed that second term examinations will be waived for pupils in primaries 1 to 3.
Ukah stated, “the resumption date for first term in the 2020/2021 academic session for both pupils and students in primary and secondary school will run from Monday, October 12, 2020 to Friday December 18, 2020.
“While, the resumption date for Second Term is scheduled to commence on January 4, 2021 and terminate on Wednesday March 31, 2021.”
The commissioner added that third term is scheduled to commence from April 12, 2021 and end on August 13, 2021.