ASABA – Parents of JSS 3 students in schools in Asaba, Delta State capital, have expressed mixed feelings over the approval of Tuesday, September 8, 2020, as resumption date for students in Junior Secondary School (JSS3) across the state.
The Delta State government has approved for the relaxation of lockdown on academic activities for students who will be sitting for Junior Secondary School Certificate Examination (JSSCE).
It would be recalled that the Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu, had earlier revealed that the state government would not rush the resumption of schools having recorded over 1,700 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state.
However, a statement by the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Patrick Ukah, confirmed the reopening of schools for students in JSS 3 classes.
Ukah noted that the resumption was in line with relaxation of lockdown in the education sector, which continues with the reopening of schools beginning with certificate classes.
He stressed that the state government would strictly monitor adherence to COVID-19 protocols, including the wearing of facemasks and use of sanitisers by staff and students.
According to Ukah, “JSS 3 students are to immediately begin revision lessons for their Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) organised by the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education scheduled to begin on Monday, September 21, 2020.”
He advised school principals to ensure that all COVID-19 protocols put in place during the earlier resumption of SS 3 students were maintained to avoid the spread of the dreaded disease among the students.
The statement noted that to this effect, a five-man monitoring team had been constituted in each council to monitor and enforce Corona virus regulations in schools.
“There will be a strict monitoring of Covid-19 protocols in schools by the Ministry and the state Post-Primary Education Board (PPEB),” he stated.
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