Benue State Government has announced Monday, September 21, 2020 as the new date for School Resumption following the shutdown necessitated by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Commissioner for Education, Prof. Dennis A. Ityavyar in a press briefing Wednesday afternoon afternoon says, both Public and Private Schools will resume for the First Term of 2020/2021 academic session, this according to him means that, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary institutions in the state will resume academic activities on that day.
The first term, he says, will end on 18th December, 2020 while second term of 2020/2021 session is to commence in January 2021 and end in March 2021.
Prof. ityavyar says, the Benue State Government has decided to cancel the third term already lost during the COVID-19 lockdown, hear him:
"Let me emphasize on the issue of school fees so there is no confusion because if third term is cancelled, school fees for the term is 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 third term, they don't need to pay fees and this applies to private and public schools”.
He says, all tertiary institutions must be fumigated and COVID-19 protocols strictly observed, adding that, Parents should provide facemasks and hand sanitizers for their Children, while School authorities provide hand washing facilities and monitor compliance with social distancing in classroom sitting arrangement.
Schools with high population are required to operate morning and afternoon sessions to avoid congestion.
Prof. Denis Ityavyar says, strict monitoring will be carried out to ensure compliance in all Benue schools.