The Ogun State Government has announced Monday, 21 September 2020 for the reopening of schools in the state for the first term of 2020/2021 academic session.
It has also released a schedule of the school hours for public schools as part of the efforts to meet the COVID-19 guidelines for school operations.
The students, who will be resuming for the first time after the nationwide closure in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will join students in SS3 who are currently writing the West African School Certificate Examination.
In a press statement issued in Abeokuta by Kunle Somorin, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, he announced that this second phase of the reopening of schools is extended to all classes in primary and secondary schools, technical and vocational colleges, and tertiary institutions.
He stated that as part of the efforts to meet the COVID-19 guidelines for school operations, the school hours are staggered for public schools.
Students in Primary 1 – 3 and JSS 1 – JSS 3 are to attend classes from 8.00am to 11.00am while students in Primary 4 – 6 and SSS 1 – SSS 3 are to attend classes from 12.00noon to 3.00pm. Technical and Vocational will operate their normal school hours of 8.00am to 2.00pm.
However, the Chief Press Secretary noted that technical and vocational colleges will operate their normal school hours of 8.00 am to 2.00 pm, while tertiary institutions are “allowed to commence reopening from 21 September 2020 as may be determined by their respective management.”
He added that “Private schools are expected to take necessary measures to meet the COVID-19 protocols for physical distancing, among other requirements. Also students between the ages of 3 to 5 will not be resuming in public schools until the next phase of schools’ reopening.
Mr Somorin noted that the government had announced that all students had been given automatic promotion to the next class, including automatic placement for primary 6 students in public primary schools into JSS1 of public secondary schools.
“However, primary 6 students desirous of placement into the state-owned boarding schools will sit for the Common Entrance Examination on Saturday, 12 September, 2020.
“The hitherto JSS3 students who have now been promoted to SS1 will write their Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in October, 2020”, he added.