Imo postpones school resumption

Imo postpones school resumption

School resumption in Imo State has been postponed until Jan. 25 due to the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic.

Prof. Bernard Ikegwuoha, the state’s Commissioner for Education said in Owerri on Monday that the postponement was as a result of rising cases of COVID-19 in the urban areas of Owerri West, North and the Owerri Municipal Local Government Areas.

He said further that monitoring teams of the state Ministry of Health and that of Education would ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 protocol on the part of schools as a prerequisite for resumption.

He, however, warned that defaulters would be sanctioned accordingly and charged proprietors and principals of schools to be on red alert.
“Before we can reopen or resume, all the COVID-19 protocols must be compulsorily observed. Our monitoring teams will ensure strict compliance.

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“Imo would have resumed its schools on Jan. 18, 2021, but for the rise in Covid-19 infections in three LGAs of Owerri Municipal, Owerri North and Owerri West.

“Government decided to watch the situation; consequently, January 25, 2021, is the tentative date for the resumption of schools in Imo”.

Acording to him, community testing are ongoing in the 27 LGAs of the state and would be completed on or before January 21, 2021, adding that the state government would take a decision on a particular line of action to be taken upon completion of the exercise.