From Alfred Babs, Ilorin
As schools in Kwara State reopen today after four months of closure as a result of COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, the state government has warned principals and private schools owners not to collect third term school fees from parents and guardians.
The goverment on Friday announced that the 2020/2021 academic session commences today.
State Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Hajia Fatimah Ahmed disclosed this during a stakeholders meeting held at St Anthony Secondary School on Friday.
Hajia Ahmed, who reminded stakeholders that Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has approved 5th October, 2020 as the beginning of 2020/2021 academic session, stressed that no school under any disguise should collect third term fees.
She suggested that instead, schools should organize revision classes and placement examination within two weeks of resumption.
Represented by the Director, Quality Assurance Bureau, Mrs Comfort Abioye, the Commissioner disclosed that Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) will start on Tuesday 6th, October, 2020 while Common Entrance will hold on 17th October, 2020.
Hajia Ahmed enjoined all schools to comply with the Covid-19 guidelines in order to flatten the curve of the pandemic and avoid contraction among students.
The Commissioner also said the swapping of principals to curb examination malpractices will continue in both BECE and the forthcoming NECO examinations.
“Principals in public schools will be swapped to other schools to monitor and supervise exams. This will allow external invigilators to do their work effectively and efficiently,” she stated.