Edo State government has said that schools reopening in the state will not be at an optimal level for all the students in the state. This is as a result of the pandemic ravaging the whole world since the virus has caused a lot of harm to nations.
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State in his message has hinted that Junior Secondary School 3 and Senior Secondary School 3 students would be prioritised ahead of the reopening of schools in the state. Schools in the state have been under locks and keys since the month of March in a bid to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic in the Edo state.
Speaking on Sunday, the governor made know that the state is in talks with the Federal Ministry of Education to develop modalities and guidelines for the reopening of schools in Edo State. This according to Governor Godwin Obasaki will help the stake against the later spread of the virus among the students.
“Schools remain closed, however, guidelines for phased reopening are being developed together with the Federal Ministry of Education especially for students in JSS 3 and SS 3 who are preparing for their exit examinations”, he said.
For other levels of students in the state, the governor further urged all caregivers to continue to utilize the e-learning platforms made available by the state.
“I encourage all Edo parents and guardians of pupils in primary schools, to continue to utilize our e-learning platforms for their educational needs, while they are still at home”, Obaseki said.
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On religious activities and worship centres in Edo State, Obaseki noted that preparations were on for churches and mosques to reopen in the state, stressing that contact tracing of COVID-19 suspected cases would be extended to worship centres.
“Following consultations with the Christian Association of Nigeria and religious bodies, we will commence a reopening of places of worship. We are expanding screening and testing to religious groups/organisations and business establishments. We call on all religious organisations, corporate bodies, and health facilities to assist us to drive modalities for our new norm and cooperate with the designated health and security agencies in this regard,” he added.
The governor conclusively emphasised that the 10pm to 4am curfew as directed by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 subsist in the state.