Oyo has announced September 28 reopening date for public and private higher institutions in the state.
The new development follows an earlier directive on reopening of primary and secondary schools slated for Monday September 21.
The directive was contained in a statement by Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology Olasunkanmi Olaleye on Tuesday.
According to the new directive, schools in the state will operate morning and afternoon shifting for pupils and students of primary and secondary schools.
While discouraging sharing of objects and items by student when the school resumes, a revised guidelines for resumption also approves the usage of libraries, examination halls and laboratories as classroom as the schools will only operate for three- hour pending another review.
The statement reads in parts: “The Executive Governor of Oyo State, Engineer ‘Seyi Makinde has approved the resumption dates for public and private primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in the state.
“The resumption date for 2020/2021 academic session for public and private primary and secondary schools as announced by the State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology will commence on Monday, 21st September, 2020.
“The revised guidelines for primary and secondary schools now include the followings:
“Schools will now operate morning and afternoon shifting for pupils and students of primary and secondary schools as stated below:
“Primary 1-3 runs from 8 to 11.00 am; primary 4 – 6 runs from 12 noon to 3pm.
“JSS 1-3 runs from 8 to 11am, SSS 1-3runs from 12noon to 3pm.
“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.
“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.
“Pupils / students should be attached to Chairs and Tables as well as discouraging sharing of items.
“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 the guidelines on re-opening.”