COVID-19: Edo Govt Warns against Reopening of Schools


FIC Report (Edo State) – The Edo State Government has said that it has not authorized the reopening of schools for 3rd term academic activities, warning that the government will impose sanctions on schools that would flout the directive.

In a statement, Commissioner for Education, Hon. (Barr.) Jimoh Ijegbai, said the state government did not authorize the reopening of schools whether public or private, including certificate classes.

He said, that it has come to the attention of the Edo State Government that some schools in Edo State have reopened and some are planning to reopen for the 3rd term academic session.

Ijegbai included, for the sake of clarity, that the state government has not authorized schools whether public or private, even the certificate classes to reopen under the present circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He promised to communicate a new date of resumption to all stakeholders after modalities have been put in place to ensure the safety of our children and wards.

The commissioner urged school proprietors to be guided by the state government’s directive, warning that adequate sanctions will be meted out on any school that flouts the directive.

Daniel E. Ejodamen
(FIC, Benin City).