By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA, Abeokuta
Ogun State Government has announced Monday September 21, 2020 for the reopening of schools in the state for the first term of 2020/2021 session.
This he said was in addition to the earlier resumption of students in SS3 who are currently writing the West African School Certificate Examination.
Governor Abiodun stated this in a Press Statement issued in Abeokuta by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin.
Governor Dapo Abiodun announced that this second phase of the reopening of schools is extended to all classes in primary and secondary schools, Technical and Vocational Colleges, and Tertiary Institutions.
However, that as part of the efforts to meet the COVID-19 guidelines for school operations, the schools hours are staggered for public schools.
According to, Primary 1 to primary 3 will resume from 8.00am to 11.00am while,Primary 4 to Primary 6 will resume from 12.00noon to 3.00pm.
He as well gave resumption time of JSS 1 to JSS3 said from 8.00am to 11.00am,SS1 to SS3 12.00noon to 3.00pm while he said that Technical and Vocational will operate their normal school hours of 8.00am to 2.00pm.
Abiodun also gave directive to Early Child Care Development and Education classes i.e 3-5 years of age not to hold on until the next phase of schools’ reopening.
“Private schools are also expected to take necessary measures to meet the COVID-19 protocols for physical distancing, among other requirements.
“Tertiary institutions are allowed to commence reopening from 21 September, 2020 as may be determined by their respective Management.
“It should be noted that the government had earlier announced that all students had been given automatic promotion to the next class, including automatic placement for primary 6 students in public primary schools into JSS1 of public secondary schools.
“However, primary 6 students desirous of placement into the State-owned Boarding Schools will sit for the Common Entrance Examination on Saturday, 12 September, 2020.
“The hitherto JSS3 students who have now been promoted to SS1 will write their Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in October, 2020.
“The Statement emphasised that the COVID-19 guidelines earlier issued for reopening of schools are still in effect”
“Our approach to COVID-19 pandemic management has been deliberate, methodical, focused, inclusive and carefully balanced between life and livelihood and this has manifested in the steps we have adopted to the reopening of schools, ensuring safety of our children whilst minimising disruption in their education. The guidelines are applicable to all schools in the state whether private or public.
I have directed the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology to provide all public schools with the required items to meet the guidelines and private school owners are enjoined to do same.Abiodun explained.
He also charged students to take full benefits of the reopening of the schools for their education advancement and wish them a very fulfilling 2020/2021 academic year”, the Governor said.