Governor Seyi Makinde has further eased restrictions that had earlier been implemented in Oyo State to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force, chaired by the governor, announced on Monday, June 15, 2020 that critical classes for Primary Six, JSS 3 and SS 3 students can resume on June 29.
The schools have been directed to observe COVID-19 protocols, and ensure that stations for washing of hands are provided for students.
All students are also required to compulsorily wear face masks, another safety measure to combat the spread of the disease.
The resumption, according to the government, is to ensure the students are well-prepared for the public examinations ahead of them.
“The resumption of critical classes at the end of June 2020, would be two clear weeks ahead of the state’s drop-dead date of July 15.
“By that date, it would be decided whether other categories of students will return to the classes,” a statement by the governor’s media aide, Taiwo Adisa, read.
The chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, had earlier on Monday raised concerns about reports that some state governors are already considering the reopening of schools, television viewing centres, sports stadiums, and other places where large gatherings can take place.
He said state governors should strongly take a cue from guidelines recommended by the task force.
“The Presidential Task Force re-emphasises that it’s not yet safe to do so and that utmost caution should be exercised in this regard,” he said.
The reopening of schools in Oyo will not affect tertiary institutions in the state.
Adisa said a review of their situation will be carried out to determine their state of readiness.