Stakeholders in the education sector in Benue State met on Friday, 11th September, 2020 at the Ministry’s headquarters to discuss the possibility and modalities for reopening of schools.
The State Commissioner for Education, Prof. Dennis Ityavyar said the meeting was to consult with the relevant stakeholders in the sector in other to have their views and contributions in preparation of the possible reopening of schools adding that the state government is very concerned about the safety of the students and teachers. He further appreciated the concern shown by all stakeholders and the divergent views expressed on the matter.
The stakeholders listed the following as conditions to be met ahead of reopening of schools:
“All schools of learning must have hand washing facilities, facemask and body temperature checks to their major facilities including the gates, hostels, classes and offices.
“The whole premises of each school must be decontaminated and all efforts must be geared toward maintenance of the highest level of hygiene.”
“Ensure social and physical distancing in class sizes and eating spaces,”
Those in attendance included Commissioner for Health and Human Services, House standing committee of education, science and technology representative, Vice Chancellors of Universities, Rector of polytechnics, Provost of Colleges of Education in the state, heads of agencies in education and directors of the ministry of Education.