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COVID-19: Rivers Govt. Threatens To Shut Down Schools

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Ganiyat Ganiyu

The Rivers State Government has threatened to shut down schools that violate COVID-19 protocols as they resume academic activities.

The state Commissioner for Education, Prof. Kaniye Ebeku, gave the warning, on Monday while monitoring COVID-19 compliance in some schools in the state.

Ebeku said that having stayed at home for over six months, the government expects students, parents, and school administrators to ensure full compliance with guidelines advised by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, to curb the further spread of the virus or risk closure.

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“If they violate the protocol and the possibility of a spike, their schools will be shut down. We expect that they will duly comply with the protocol,” he said.

The commissioner said that schools with dense population in the state would operate two sessions to avoid overcrowded classrooms, adding that schools with less population will operate one session.

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