The Kwara State Government has given a nod for the resumption of both public and private schools amidst COVID-19 pandemic.
The directive was contained in a press release by the Commissioner for Communications, Harriet Afolabi-Oshatimehin on Wednesday.
Oshatimehin said normal academic classes are to resume from Monday, October 5.
“With various training held for teachers on how to protect themselves and students from the COVID-19 infection, improved manpower in monitoring and case tracings, and the appreciable guarantee of some protection for the children, the government hereby directs the reopening of elementary schools from October 5,” the statement reads.
“Similarly, state-owned tertiary institutions are to reopen from October 12 or as may be determined by their respective governance structures.
“COVID-19 is still with us. The government, therefore, urges school authorities to ensure that all safety protocols are adhered to, including physical distance, use of face masks, and constant washing of hands with soap and water, in order to flatten the curve of transmission of the virus. The government similarly wishes our students and teacher a safe stay in school while promising to continue to do its best to keep the citizens safe at all times. Schools with scanty regards for safety protocols risk being shut.”
Recall that schools had been ordered shut since 23rd March following the outbreak of the virus.