Don’t expect long vacation after school resumption, commissioner tells C’ River students

Dr. Godwin Amanke, Cross River Commissioner for Quality Education, has ruled out the possibility of pupils and students in the state enjoying  the usual long vacation when schools resume.

Amanke said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Calabar that students go straight to third term after resumption.According to him, 70 per cent of schools in the state are through with their second term examination before the sudden closure of schools caused COVID-19.

He said those schools that were able to -off their examination, continue after resumption, adding  that immediately examinations were concluded,  the third term commence and run through the weeks that students were supposed to go for their annual long vacation.On the the issue of reopening schools, he said, it was a one or state affair because Cross River was isolated from the other states.“We cannot talk about reopening schools at the moment because Cross River is in isolation but in relation with other states and the Federal Government.

“So, other stakeholders like the Federal Ministry of Education, Health and Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 (PTF) will have to be involved.“The state of education run with the policies, curriculum and syllabus as directed the Federal Ministry of Education.

“Ordinarily, we will have said schools should reopen in the state because we have no case of COVID-19, but that won’t be in tandem with the Federal Government’s policy on ground in to COVID-19,” he said.He however called on the students in the state to take advantage of the Ayade digital learning initiative and the school on radio to learn at home.NAN that as at Wednesday June 3, Cross River has remained the only state that was yet to officially have a case of COVID-19. (NAN)