Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has approved the reopening of all schools in the state on Monday, Jan. 11, for the continuation of the first term of 2020/2021 academic session.
The approval was conveyed via a statement by the Commissioner for Education, Dr Kanaelechi Nwangwa, in Abia on Friday.
Nwangwa directed all school heads and proprietors to ensure the observance of COVID-19 protocols in the schools for the safety of teachers and students.
He said that this was imperative, following the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
“They should also note that by this directive, the first term of 2020/2021 will now officially end on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021.
“This is to ensure that the first term runs a full course as expected.
“Any school proprietor that short-changes this schedule and decides to cut corners by running an abridged term will be appropriately sanctioned.
“The duration of the first term for the 2020/2021 academic session is from Nov. 2, 2020 to Feb. 10, 2021 with the Christmas break in between,” he said.
Nwangwa urged school heads and proprietors to be properly guided by the directive to avoid unwanted, negative consequences.