The Rivers State Government has approved the reopening of universities, other tertiary institutions, as well as secondary and vocational schools in the state, with effect from Monday, October 5, 2020.
The decision was reached at the end of an emergency State Executive Council meeting on Friday and presided over by Governor Nyesom Wike in Government House, Port Harcourt.
“The council approved that schools in the State reopen on the 5th of October, 2020, with only the following – all secondary schools in the state, vocational schools in the state, universities and other tertiary institutions.
The Rivers State Ministry of Education has urged all schools to adhere to all COVID-19 health protocols to enable them to operate, as schools reopen on Monday, October 5, 2020.
“Schools are to reopen from Monday, October 5, 2020. However, there are conditions schools must comply with to ensure that we not only reopen but remain open,” she said.
He said all schools billed to reopen on that date must ensure that they install and provide handwashing facilities around the campus and all persons entering the campus environment must be subjected to temperature checks.
He noted that schools must provide a temporary holding center for people who show symptoms of COVID-19, adding that where practicable, schools should adopt a blended learning approach in instructing students.
He also charged the school heads to ensure that there were no cases of spike or infection in their institutions, urging them to enact a rule to sanction any staff or student who flouts the COVID-19 protocols.