Governor Ortom announces date for resumption of schools in Benue.
The Benue State Government has approved Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, for the resumption of all schools in the state.
The Commissioner for Education, Prof. Dennis Ityavyar, told journalists on Wednesday in Makurdi that both public and private primary, secondary and tertiary institutions would resume on that day.
Ityavyar explained that the resumption was 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 had been cancelled, including the payment of school fees.
“Let me emphasise on the issue of school fees so there is no confusion because if the third term is cancelled, school fees for the term are 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 the third term, they don’t need to pay fees and this applies to private and public schools,’’ he said.
The Education Commissioner said 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 face masks and hand sanitizers, while the school authorities provide handwashing facilities and monitor compliance with social distancing in terms of sitting arrangement.