By Obianuju Azukaego/Chinazo Okoye/Nnaemeka Egwuonwu

Awka, Jan.17, 2020 (MOI) Anambra State Government has directed all teachers, schools and school administrators to resume for the second half of the first term academic session — 2020/2021 on Jan. 18.

Students and pupils of the state are also directed to begin classes proper on Feb. 1.

This is contained in an official announcement signed by Commissioner for Basic Education, Prof. Kate Omenugha.

It said that the date of the resumption was approved by the State Executive Council (EXCO) on Jan. 14.

The announcement said that public, private and mission administrators and teachers should use the two-week period prior to resumption to install all COVID-19 protocols in their various schools.

The document noted that the Ministry of Basic Education expected schools to strictly adhere to the directives.

The announcement said: “note that no child or teacher is to be allowed into the school compound without their face masks, while school infirmaries are requested to rise to their responsibilities in ensuring that regular temperature checks of all making entry into school compounds’’.

According to the information, those in Boarding Houses are advised to prepare accordingly while returning to their hostels as visitors may not be allowed to into the school premises with them.

The document, however, advised the school management to refer to the earlier circulated guidelines for the resumption of schools.

“All stakeholders should be guided accordingly as no school should open before the stipulated date.  Instead, all schools should concentrate on getting their school COVID-19 protocols ready before receiving the students. Defaulters shall be seriously sanctioned, including closure of schools,’’ It added. It urged Ndi Anambra to join the state government and education family to keep the second wave of Coronavirus away from schools. (MOI)

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