By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
A private school proprietor in Osun State has been arrested by the police for circulating unauthorized reopening date of schools in the state.
The proprietor was said to have been circulating proposal on school reopening on social media since last Tuesday.
The proprietor, who further claimed that the decision was reached at a stakeholders’ meeting held on 6th July, 2020 at the Ministry of Education said schools in the state were to resume on July 20, 2020 and only 20 children were to sit in a class.
The proposal circulated reads in parts: “Schools are to resume on 20/07/20, Children to be only 20 in a class, For big schools, there will be two shifts every day, Morning shift 8 am to 12 pm.
“Afternoon shift 1.30 pm 5.30 pm, there will be no use of school buses until further notice, Resumption on 20/07/20 will run for 3 or 4 weeks to cover for 2nd term for pry6, Js3 & Ss3 only, Immediately after these weeks the full sch resumes for all classes to run for 11 weeks to cater for 3rd term, Immediately after the third term around 1st week of Nov. Schools resume for 1st term of 2020/2021 Academic year of which the first term will end in January 2021. While the second term starts around Feb. 2021, All schools must abide by PTF covid’19 rules on schools reopening.”
Reacting to the issue, the state government through the Special Adviser to the governor on Education, Mr Jamiu Olawumi confirmed that the person behind the proposal has been handed over to the police.
Olawumi noted that “Schools were closed by the President and the power to reopen has been conceded to the state governors. We have handed the person circulating fake information over to the police”.
He urged the people and citizens of the State to wait for the announcement as endorsed by the Governor very soon.