Bauchi State announce School Resumption Date Despite Second wave of Covid 19

Bauchi state has Announced the reopening of its 4,816 schools on January 18 for the 2020/2021 academic session, according to Aliyu Tilde, the state commissioner of education.

The federal government is currently considering rescheduling the resumption of schools across the country from January 18 due to the spike in COVID-19 cases.

“We would reopen the schools for first term, which was supposed to begin in September,” the Bauchi State official said, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi, on Tuesday.

He said the previous lockdown of schools, as a result of the pandemic, had negatively affected the school calendar, hence government’s resolve to resume school at the earlier scheduled date.

Mr Tilde explained that the schools would strictly abide by the COVID-19 protocols of social distancing, wearing of face masks, sanitising hands and “any other measure that would prevent the disease”.

Any school found not adhering strictly to the protocols would be sanctioned appropriately, Mr Tilde said, explaining that till date no single case of the disease had been recorded in the state’s schools.

The commissioner stressed that full academic activities would begin in earnest across the 4,600 primary and Junior Secondary schools, as well as the 216 Senior Secondary schools, across the 20 local government areas of the state on the stipulated date.

He called on parents and guardians to be ready for the school resumption date, saying, ”we were supposed to resume school since the 4th of January this year, but we had to follow the federal government’s directive of January 18th”.

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