Reporter : LAWRENCE NWOKEDI
Primary and Post Primary schools in Abia State are to resume on Monday, September 28, 2020, after staying at home for over five months following the outbreak of Coronavirus disease in the country. The Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiye Kalu, made this known while briefing journalists on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting held in Umuahia.
He said that the schools would complete the 3rd term of 2019/2020 academic session with one week of revision classes. Chief Kalu noted that 3rd term promotion examination, which would be expected to start from Monday October 5 and end on Friday, October 16, 2020, would be used to assess pupils and students based on the tutorial from first and second term as well as the radio and television classroom programmes.
He pointed out that the first term of 2020/21 session for primary and secondary schools in the state would start on the 26th of October, 2020, as teachers were expected to go on one week break to enable them to mark the papers and compute promotional examination results.
According to the Commissioner, first term is to end on the 23rd of December, 2020. He explained that Commissioner for Education, Dr. Kanaelechi Nwangwa, would publish other details regarding the school resumption and required protocol to ensure the protection of school children from COVID-19.
The Education Commissioner would also announce approved fees chargeable by private schools and other guidelines. Mr. Kalu said that the Exco had also approved the resumption of tertiary institutions in the state based on the time table and protocol submitted to the state government, as would be announced by the management of each school.