The Rivers State Government has finally approved the re-opening of public and private Nursery and Primary schools in the state.
The resumption shall take effect from Monday, 23rd November, 2020 for the First Term 2020/2021 academic session, in line with the school calendar published by the Ministry of Education in August 2020.
A statement late Monday, signed by the Permanent Secretary, Rivers State Ministry of Education, Sir Chidi Adiele, on behalf of Prof. Kaniye Ebeku, Honourable Commissioner for Education, said Governor Nyesom Wike approved the resumption.
“By this announcement all Head Teachers, Proprietors and other concerned persons should take all necessary steps to ensure safe and hitch-free resumption in line with extant COVID-19 Protocols,” the statement added.
The Rivers State government had shutdown all schools in Rivers State on Monday, March 23, 2020 over the Coronavirus pandemic. Governor Nyesom Wike, who handed down the order in a statewide broadcast, said the action of shutting down schools was taken in the interest of the state.
However, on October 5, secondary schools re-opened for the third term of the 2019/2020 academic session. Under the system it dubbed “Blended Learning”, students in Junior Secondary, JSS 1-2, are to start physical classes from 8.00am and end by 11.00am, Monday to Friday, and are to resume virtual classes at home from 3.00pm to 5.00pm. On Saturday, the junior students are to report in their classrooms for studies that are to commence from 9.00am and end by 12noon.
Then, in a revised order, students in Senior Secondary 1-2, are to start virtual learning at their various homes from 8.00am and wrap-up at 11.00am and report in their classrooms for physical lessons from 3.00pm to 5.00pm. Then on Saturdays, they are expected to be in school for “Make-up Classes” from 1.00pm to 4.00pm.
They also are to attend classes on Saturdays which commence at 8.00am and terminate by 5.00pm.