Oyo schools resume Sept 21, govt splits students into morning, afternoon classes


The Oyo State government has announced September 21, 2020, as the beginning of the 2020/2021 new academic session for primary and secondary schools in the state.

This disclosure was made in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Olasunkanmi Olaleye, and made available on Tuesday.

In the statement entitled: Oyo State Government approves Resumption Date for Public and Private Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Institutions,” it said, Governor Seyi Makinde has has given his approval for schools in the state to resume.

According to the government’s plans, owing to the need to ensure proper compliance to COVID-19 guidelines the students have now been split into morning and afternoon classes.

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As released, the revised guidelines for primary and secondary schools now include the followings:

(a). Schools will now operate morning and afternoon shifting for pupils and students of primary and secondary schools as stated below:

Primary 1 – 3
8.00 am – 11.00am

Primary 4 – 6
12.00noon – 3.00pm

JSSS 1 – 3
8.00am – 11.00am

SSS 1 – 3
12.00noon – 3.00pm

(b). It becomes mandatory for all Schools, Public and Private to constitute Covid-19 Task force to be headed by Heads of Schools with Two members of Staff

(c). School Heads are advised to make temporary use of spaces like Laboratories, Libraries and Examination Hall as Classroom where it is necessary in order to observe social distancing.

(d). Pupils/Students should be attached to Chairs and Tables as well as discouraging sharing of items.

3. In another development, the Governor has also approved the re-opening of State owned Tertiary institutions and Private Institutions for regular academic activities to commence from Monday 28th September, 2020.

Academic Boards and Senate of institutions are expected to fixed their date and comply strictly with Covid 19 guidelines for the reopenings of schools.