All private nursery, primary and secondary schools in Rivers State are to resume academic works starting from tomorrow, January 4, 2021. This is a direct disregard of federal government’s directive that schools should reopen from January 18, 2021, to stem the spread of Covid-19 pandemic in the country.
The directive to reopen schools in Rivers State was contained in a press statement by the state’s Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr Chidi Adiele.
The statement read, “The Rivers Education Ministry wishes to announce that, with the approval of Gov. Nyesom Wike, the school calendar published in August 2020 stands.
“Accordingly, both public and private schools in the state are hereby reminded that schools will resume on January 4, 2021, for normal academic activities.
“Schools are to maintain all COVID-19 protocols, including the wearing of face masks, use of hand sanitiser, and staggered classes.
“The classes are expected to be staggered morning and afternoon sessions in order to avoid overcrowding.”