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By now, primary, secondary and technical colleges across the country would have concluded the 2019/2020 academic session with all the attendant fun. Prize giving day, end of the session party and other related activities would have been held, but that is not to be, no thanks to the coronavirus disease that is ravaging the country and which has led to schools, up to university level, being shut.
Most of the schools were yet to conclude second terms when they were shut last March and the thought of concluding it and/or resuming for the third term to complete the session did not arise in many instances.
While public schools stopped all academic activities, some private ones found a way through online teaching. Some started by using Whatsapp, while others go for Google classroom and others.
Some schools in Lekki area of Lagos moved to e-learning and charged between N200,000 and N400,000 per student. They even engaged the services of despatch riders to take materials to and from students’ homes.
Speaking during a recent meeting with parents of students in her school, Mrs Gladys Grimes, the owner of Saint Gladys Primary School and Grimes College in Alagbado, Lagos, said pupils and students must be engaged one way or the other to sustain their interest in education. ‘Charging fees for such services depends on locations and the ability of parents to pay.
“We cannot do so here, as we understand our terrain and we don’t want to put our parents under undue pressure. We started using WhatsApp to teach our students and asked parents to pay just N2,500 per student.
“We did that for some weeks and now since it appears schools may not reopen as quickly as expected, we want to migrate to Google Classroom for our secondary school students and we are only charging N18,000 per student and those in JSS3 and SSS 3 are exempted.“This is because they are expected to have completed their school fees payment before now. The new approach may serve as third term and for the promotion of the students to the next class,” she said.
Grimes opined that there was nothing spectacular if none of the usual ends of the year activities did not take place, saying the health and safety of students, teachers and others were important.
With the phased reopening of schools starting with final secondary school students this week in most parts of the country and the attendant fixing of dates for examinations by the West African Examinations Council, WAEC, the National Examinations Council, NECO, and the National Business and Technical Examinations Board, NABTEB, most states may eventually cancel the third term of the 2019/2020 academic year.
This is because the examinations to be conducted by the aforementioned bodies will run through this month and November this year.

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No reopening of schools for now in Ondo —Govt

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The Ondo State Government said it had not directed or permitted the reopening of primary and tertiary institutions , public or private , in the state while secondary schools have been permitted to open for only Senior Secondary School 3 and Junior Secondary School Class 3 .
The government said the directive was in line with its objective of strengthening public safety, protecting the lives of residents , and further mitigating the spread of COVID -19 .
The state Chairman of the Inter -Ministerial Committee on Covid- 19 , Professor Adesegun Fatusi , stated this in Akure , the state capital, on Wednesday .
According to him , all school authorities – both public and private had been ordered to comply fully with the government ’ s directive, to remain closed until the state government expressly permits such .
Fatusi said, “ The Government is very keen to see students return to classes , but in a safe, serene and secured environment . The government would not tolerate any illegal act of re -opening schools contrary to the government ’ s directive .He urged the parents to ensure that their children and ward continued to stay at home until the government directed otherwise .

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SCHOOLS RE-OPENING: Kano to procure N70m PPEs ― SUBEB Chair

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Chairman, Kano State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, Danlami Hayyo on Monday said the state will procure Personal Protective Equipments, PPEs to the tune of N70 million for primary schools as part of the preparation for safe re-opening of the schools.
The PPEs include buckets, hand washing liquid soap, hand sanitizer, and face masks among others.
Hayyo stated this while speaking with newsmen on the sidelines of a one-day meeting for stakeholders from the Northwest zone on the readiness for safe re-opening of schools organized by the United Nations Childen’s Fund, UNICEF with support from the donor for GEP 3, Foreign Commonwealth, and Development Office, FCDO held in Kano on Monday.
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The SUBEB Chairman hinted that the state is looking at the possibility of running classes in shifts for the pupils where it has congestion to comply with social distancing and avoid congestion pending the completion of the construction and rehabilitation of some schools with high congestion and that awarded to the tune of N3.2 billion.
He expressed optimism that very soon schools in the state will re-opening as the government is not leaving any stone unturned to ensure safe re-opening of the schools to safeguard the well being and safety of the school children.
According to him, “the state government has approved the sum of N70 million to purchase the Personal Protective Equipment, PPEs all in preparation for school re-opening. We have purchased buckets where the children will wash their hands, hand sanitizer, and even face masks to avert the spread of the disease. The amount also includes training for the staff of the schools to ensure compliance and safety of all.
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“On the other hand, government-approved to spend N3.2 billion for the construction and rehabilitation of schools to avoid the congestion of the classroom when they resume.
“We have sent contractors to the sites where we have high congestion and some of the work have reached 20%, 30% or 50%, and depending on the capacity of the contractors. And that’s why we engage contractors who can work within a short period of time and finish.
“Alternatively and pending when the works will be completed, we are possibly planning to the platoon, to avoid congestion. A situation where some pupils will come in the morning and others in the afternoon to ensure compliance with the social distancing and avoid congestion,” Hayyo however s

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