Governor Ortom declares the date for the schools in Benue to reopen

Governor Ortom
Governor Ortom

Governor Ortom, Benue State Government has approved the resumption of all schools in the state on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020.

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 the students were cancelled, except for JSS 3 and SSS 3. Including the payment of school fees.

“Let me emphasise ,on the issue of school fees. And there is no misunderstanding, even if the third term is cancelled, school fees will also be cancelled for the month.

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“Yet parents are required to pay their third term fees in the case of JSS 3 and SSS 3. 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 Commissioner for Education said, it was the joint decision of stakeholders in the state’s education sector to fumigate all tertiary institutions. And strictly follow COVID-19 protocols.

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.

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He said schools with a high population would have to operate morning and afternoon sessions to avoid congestion, adding that strict monitoring would be carried out to ensure compliance.

“The first term would end on Dec. 18, 2020, while the second term of the 2020/2021 session would commence on Jan. 7, 2021 and end in March, of the same year.”

Prof. Ityavyar commended the people of Benue for observing COVID-19 protocols.

He also urged Benue people with requisite qualifications to apply for the National Teachers Scheme under the Universal Basic Education Board, UBEC, adding that interested persons could contact SUBEB for details.

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