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Schools Will Reopen On August 4 In Benue State – Samuel Ortom

Samuel Ortom

Samuel Ortom

Benue State Government has come out to say that schools will be reopened on August 4, 2020, for final year classes.

The government recently revealed that this has been decided in compliance with the recent directive of the Federal Government.

According to the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Dennis Ityavyar, a recent meeting with Governor Samuel Ortom decided on pupils in primary six and students in JSS3 and SSS3 resuming to wrap up their examination in the state.

He added that the West African Senior School Certificate Examination would commence on August 17, alongside other exams like Mock SSCE and Junior Secondary School also scheduled to commence very soon.

His words, “Government has put necessary measures in place to curtail the spread of COVID-19 among the pupils and students, parents are also to make provision for face masks and other safety measures.”

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