Schools in Oyo State may remain shut till July 15, 2020.
By that date, the second term could resume and get concluded within two weeks, while the third term will immediately kick off.
Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde said this at the Workers’ Day special programme held in accordance with the COVID-19 protocol of social distancing, at the Secretariat of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Oyo State branch, Ibadan.
The Governor, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, on Friday, May 1, 2020, said July 15 is a “drop-dead date” already picked by the Government.
He noted that his administration remains hopeful that it will be able to reopen Schools by that date.
Engr Makinde said: “I was having a discussion with Private School owners and the Schools are all closed. They rely on the School fees to pay the Teachers they have employed. Now, the children are at home, they have to keep the Teachers but there is no fund to pay. My idea is, we need to let the parents know that this period that their children are at home, we take it as their long vacation. We are hopeful that we will be able to open the Schools by July 15th and if we do that, they will complete the two weeks of the second term and immediately start the third term. This means there would not be any long holiday again and they will just flip around and start the next term.”