Delta State Government has assured parents and guardians that primary and secondary schools closed as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic will soon be reopened.

The state Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah, said the reopening would be in line with the directive of the federal government that only pupils/students of graduating classes, that is primary six, JS 111 and SS111, who have external examinations would resume classes.

In a statement in Asaba on Monday, Chief Ukah said a meeting has been scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday) between the federal and state governments to work out modalities for the reopening of schools.

The Basic and Secondary Education Commissioner disclosed that several meetings had been held with critical stakeholders in the educational sector in the state, and all were geared towards the eventual reopening of schools.

He said the educational advancement of students and pupils in the state was of paramount importance to the state government, adding, however, that the necessary protocols to curtail the increasing spread of the coronavirus must be in place before schools could reopen.

The commissioner advised students to continue to take advantage of the state government’s teleclass educational programmes on several radio and television stations in the state to keep them on track with their studies.

 Chief Ukah urged Deltans to disregard the conflicting posts on the social media purporting that schools would reopen in the state on particular dates, stressing that once the modalities for the safe reopening of schools in the state were in place,  a definite date for the reopening would be announced officially.

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