Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has hinted that Junior Secondary School 3 and Senior Secondary School 3 students would be prioritised ahead of the reopening of schools in the state.
Schools in the state were shut in March as part of measures to curtail the spread of the coronavirus disease.
In a statement on Sunday, the governor said the state government was liaising with the Federal Ministry of Education to develop guidelines for the reopening of schools.
He said, “Schools remain closed, however, guidelines for phased reopening are being developed together with the Federal Ministry of Education especially for students in JSS 3 and SS 3 who are preparing for their exit examinations.
“I encourage all Edo parents and guardians of pupils in primary schools, to continue to utilize our e-learning platforms for their educational needs, while they are still at home.”
Obaseki noted that preparations were on for churches and mosques to reopen in the state, stressing that contact tracing of COVID-19 suspected cases would be extended to worship centres.
Following consultations with the Christian Association of Nigeria and religious bodies, we will commence a reopening of places of worship. We are expanding screening and testing to religious groups/organisations and business establishments. We call on all religious organisations, corporate bodies, and health facilities to assist us drive modalities for our new norm and cooperate with the designated health and security agencies in this regard,” he added.
The governor emphasised that the 10pm to 4am curfew as directed by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 subsist in the state.