Following a meeting with relevant stakeholders in Sokoto State and further intensive deliberations, Governor Aminu Tanbuwal
has directed that the 2020/2021 academic session for Basic & Secondary Schools should begin on Oct, 11.
This is to be followed by the resumption of Primary 6 pupils and students on the last lap of Junior Secondary School (JSS III) two weeks later, while higher education students in final year, those returning and new students are to resume on Oct. 12th, 19th and 26th respectively.
According to the state government, it took cognizance of the COVID-19 ‘protocols and guidelines’ as well as ‘the best option to be adopted by the state regarding schools reopening.’
1st & 2nd term C.A are to be used in promoting students to the next class for this session (2019/2020),” just as the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) should be conducted for the returning JSS III students as a “precondition for their transition to (SS I).”
Equally, the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) will “conduct placement exercise into Junior Secondary Schools (JSS) I and Primary One.”
The state government cautioned all schools in the state to compulsorily “adhere strictly to COVID-19 guidelines and protocols which include provision of sanitizers, hand washing machines, thermometers and isolation rooms among others.”
“schools with overcrowded students” are “to adopt shift system with a view to minimizing physical contact.”.
“that all private institutions operating in the state must strictly adhere to the state academic calendar issued by the ministry of Basic and Secondary Education.”
Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Governor
Oct. 5, 2020