The Government of Ogun State has announced the reopening of schools, five months after they were shut down to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The state government stated that schools should reopen on September 21 for the first term of 2020/2021 session.
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This was disclosed in a statement released by Kunle Somorin, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Dapo Abiodun, on Monday. The statement announced that the reopening of schools is extended to all classes in primary and secondary schools, technical and vocational colleges, and tertiary Institutions of learning.
According to Kunle Somorin, universities, polytechnics and colleges of education are to resume same day, September 21.
However, as part of COVID-19 guidelines, school hours are staggered for public schools.
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The official statement said that pupils in Primary one to three will be in school from 8am to 11am; while those in Primary 4 to 6 will be in classes from 12 noon to 3pm. For those in secondary schools, the hours are staggered in the same manner among those in junior and senior classes.
Somorin also added that technical and Vocational will operate their normal school hours of 8am to 2pm.
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He maintained that Early Child Care Development and Education classes for infants from 3 to 5 years of age will not be resuming in public schools until the next phase of schools reopening.
“Tertiary institutions are allowed to commence reopening from 21 September, 2020 as may be determined by their respective Management,” he said.