Following the advent of the ravaging Coronavirus pandemic, the Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force has announced that resumption of classes for Primary Six, JSS-3 and SS-3 Students is now Monday, June 29, 2020.
The Task Force, which made the decision public on Monday, June 15, 2020, after a two-and-a-half-hour meeting presided by its Chairman, Governor Seyi Makinde, stated that Students in critical classes are to resume at the end of June to ensure they are well-prepared for the public examinations ahead of them.
According to a statement released by the Chief Press Secretary to the State Governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, other decisions reached include the curfew imposed on the State, which would now run from 10pm to 4am; resumption of work by all categories of workers at the State Secretariat from Monday, June 22; opening up of Mosques and Churches, which are to operate at 25 per cent capacity; and the decision to limit public gathering to not more than 25 persons.
The statement noted that Schools are to observe the COVID-19 protocols as released by the Task Force, ensure that stations for washing of hands are provided in all Schools, while all Students are to compulsorily wear face masks.
The Taskforce added that Schools are to provide hand wash points with the support of their Parents/Teachers Associations (PTA).
It noted that the resumption of critical classes at the end of June 2020, would be two clear weeks ahead of the State’s drop-dead date of July 15; adding that by that date, it would be decided whether other categories of Students will return to the classes.
The statement further stated that the resumption order will not affect the Tertiary Institutions for now, as the Task Force would review their situation and determine their state of readiness.
It affirms that the Task Force will not mind shutting down everywhere if evidence emerges that the Coronavirus safety protocols are being violated, or should there be an explosion in the number of cases.
The State Government promise to intensify enlightenment campaigns to ensure the safety of the people of the State.