Addressing stakeholders in the education sector in meeting held on Monday 28th September, Professor Kaniye Ebeku disclosed the adoption of two sessions, morning and afternoon, as a veritable measure to avoid over-crowding in schools with large populations.
He clarified that schools will reopen on 5th October for third term 2019/2020 academic session for six weeks, for students in JSS1 and JSS2 and SS1 and SS2 while first term 2020/2021 session will commence on the 16th of November 2020.
The commissioner said:
“If a school is capable, it should adopt blended learning approach. All staff and students must continually be educated on the need to comply with all Covid-19 Protocols.”
Continuing further, the Commissioner said;
“All students must come to school wearing their facemasks or NO ENTRY”. As part of measures to check over-crowding in schools, all schools should adopt two sessions, except where the population of the school is so small as to make possible for only morning session to hold.”
The stakeholders meeting of secondary schools was attended by members of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, NAPPS; All Confederation of Principals of Public Schools (ANCOPPS), State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Rivers State Senior Secondary Schools Board (RSSSB), Parents Teachers Association (PTA) and other critical stakeholders in the education sector.