Bayelsa State Government has given directives to all primary and secondary schools in the state to resume for the new 2020/2021 academic session by 11th January.
The management of schools in the state were also directed to ensure total adherence to COVID-19 laid down guidelines in order to ensure safety.
Bayelsa Commissioner for Education, Mr. Gentle Emelah, announced this in a statement.
Mr. Emelah stated that the state government is concerned about the safety of every pupil in the state and would not condone flouting of the COVID-19 laid down protocols.
He further explained that all students of boarding are expected to arrive in their schools on January 10 in order for academic activities to kick-off by 11th.
The Bayelsa State Governor, his excellency, Douye Diri, had since expressed readiness of his state to reopen schools for the new year session.
“Our high commitment to the war against the COVID-19 pandemic, which has since ravaged the entire world, is total,” Diri stated.
“for the responsibility of the health of our dear children, we ordered the closure of schools on March 26, 2020 even before we recorded the first case in Bayelsa, on 27th April, 2020.
“We implore the cooperation of all parents, teachers and other stakeholders in the state to prevent teacher-to-student and student-to-strudent transmission of the v deadly virus and vice versa.”