By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Government on Friday directed all the Senior Secondary School, (SSS 3) students across the state to resume back to their classes on Monday, August 3rd.
The state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye gave the directive in a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan.
Barrister Olaleye stressed that the Monday, August 3 resumption date was as a result of the slight adjustment in the state’s calendar for the reopening of schools in the state.
According to Barrister Olaleye, the slight adjustment in the Oyo state school calendar was to enable the state’s calendar conform 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).
The Commissioner said with the commencement date of WASSCE as 17th August, 2020, there should be continuation of lessons for SS3 class till the examination commences.
He pointed out that in line with the slight adjustment in the Oyo state school calendar, “SSS3 students would go on Sallah break on Wednesday 29th July 2020 and be back in school on Monday 3rd of August 2020”.
The Commissioner added that students in ” JSS3 and Primary six classes were to proceed on holiday as earlier scheduled and resume for their examinations on the 10th and 20th of August respectively.”
While enjoining 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, remained as announced, the Commissioner lauded stakeholders in the education sector for their support and cooperation.
“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 preparation for the resumption of academic activities in our schools”, he said..
Barrister Olaleye noted, “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 Corona virus 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.”
“I cannot but most appreciate our teachers that took part in the revision exercise given to our students in terminal classes, that is SS3, JSS3 and Primary six, I pray that all our efforts at recording success in all examinations by our students will not be in vain.”
The Commissioner then felicitated with Muslims in the state on the celebration of Eid-Kabir festival and urged them not to forget the Covid-19 prevention protocols while celebrating.