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The Ebonyi State Government has announced October 5 for the reopening of educational institutions in the state.
The state Commissioner for Education, Onyebuchi Chima disclosed this on Thursday after the State Executive Council meeting in Abakaliki, the state capital.
Chima said primary, secondary and tertiary institutions will resume next month, adding that nursery schools/crèche will not be reopened till 2021.
He noted that there will be a staggering of classes in line with the COVID-19 protocols, stressing that the state government has carried out plans to have two sessions, one in the morning (8 am- 12 pm) and the other in the afternoon (12:15 pm – 4.15 pm).
According to him, the social distancing directive in the classes is to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The commissioner promised to give more details in the coming days on modalities for the safe reopening of schools.
The state government had on March 20 ordered the immediate closure of all schools in the state following the outbreak of the coronavirus in the country.
The government also banned any gathering of more than 50 persons in the state worship centres.
Secretary to the State Government, Kenneth Ugballa, the government approved the immediate deployment of all health officers to all markets, rice mills, quarry, banks and other public event management centres to carry out a test on people randomly.
Ugballa revealed that the house to house test on all residents using 150 infrared thermometer devices will commence immediately.
‘Government of Ebonyi State have proactively built a testing and quarantine centres at Unity square and the border between Enugu and Ebonyi and shall build more at all the exit and entering points of Ebonyi State as a way of ensuring that the health of everybody entering or exiting Ebonyi State is ascertained.’
‘Ebonyians are advised against handshaking and hogging, eating of animals to have been identified as means of contracting the virus should be avoided as a way of protecting themselves,’ he said.
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