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Governor Ortom Okays Reopening Of Schools, Gives Condition

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The governor of the Benue state, Samuel Ortom, has authorized the partial reopening of the state schools.

At the State’s Executive Council meeting, he presided yesterday, Ortom gave the approval.

This was in line with the presidential task force’s recommendations on COVID-19 on school reopening.

However, the state Media, Culture and Tourism Commissioner, Mrs. Ngunan Adingi, disclosed that only graduating classes would be permitted to reopen in the state.

Talking to newsmen in Makurdi, the state capital, Adingi said, “schools in JSS 3 as well as SS3 will be reopened to primary six pupils and graduates.”

She announced that the State Action Committee on COVID-19 will meet with the Ministry of Education to further discuss guidelines to ensure that protocols are followed and a scheduled date for reopening.

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, last week the federal government had allowed the schools to partly reopen.

This had directed that only graduating students are permitted to resume their final exams.

However, the federal government required that primary and Daycare centers be held closed.

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