The Oyo State government has announced a slight adjustment to the schedule of school re-opening earlier released.
The development, the government said, is an effort at conforming with the agreement reached by the Federal Government and the West African Examination Council (WAEC), on the commencement of the 2020 West African School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
According to the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Olasunkanmi Olaleye, since the commencement date of WASSCE is slated for 17th August, 2020 there is the need for SSS3 students to continue their lessons until the examination begins.
As such, he said, SSS3 students are to resume school on Monday, 3rd August, after the Sallah break, while JSS3 and Primary Six classes are to continue with the holiday, as earlier scheduled and resume for their examinations on the 10th and 20th of August respectively.
Olaleye enjoined all education stakeholders in the State to note the new development and other academic schedules approved by the State Executive Council on the 21st of July 2020, which remained as announced.
“On behalf of His Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde, I wish to appreciate all stakeholders in the education sector for your unalloyed support and hardwork during the preparation for the resumption of academic activities in our schools.”
“Your dedication to work, love for our students and personal involvement in the training and observance of COVID-19 protocols in the bid to contain the Coronavirus infection among our school children is unparalleled. COVID-19 is real and unabating at the moment, we shall however defeat the virus with science, diligence and courage,” Olaleye noted.
The Commissioner expressed appreciation to teachers that took part in the revision exercise given to students in terminal classes; that is, SS3, JSS3 and Primary six, and prayed that all the efforts made at recording success in all examinations by the students would not be in vain.
Olaleye also felicitated Muslims in the State on the celebration of the Eid-el-Kabir festival and urged them not to forget the COVID-19 prevention protocols while celebrating.