COVID-19: After months of closure, Kwara govt gives nod to reopening of schools


• Elementary schools reopen Oct 5, tertiary institutions Oct 12

Kwara State government has approved the reopening of schools after several months of closure occasioned by the rampaging COVID-19 pandemic, The Ravens can readily report.

Schools had been ordered shut by the FG since March 23.

According to a statement by Harriet Afolabi-Oshatimehin, Commissioner for Communications, the reopening follows series of trainings for teachers on how to protect themselves and students from the virus.

The statement noted that after an appreciable guarantee of some protection for the teachers and students was ascertained, the government hereby directs the reopening of elementary schools from October 5.

It added, “Similarly, state-owned tertiary institutions are to reopen from October 12 or as may be determined by their respective governance structures.

The government however warned school authorities and other concerned persons to adhere to safety protocols, as coronavirus is still very much around.

“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.”


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