COVID-19: AKS govt to withdraw licence and prosecute any school that resumes online and offline
Amid the coronavirus pandemic that has forced students to stay at home for months, the Government of Akwa Ibom has issued a strong warning to both public and private school managements on the need to desist from resuming the 3rd term 2019/2020 school year either in schools environment or online without its authorization.
The Commissioner for Education, Professor Nse Essien who gave the warning on Monday, May 18, 2020 during an interactive session of Akwa Ibom State Education Think-tank Committee with Education Stakeholders in the state, stated that any school found to flaunt the order would have its licence withdrawn and prosecuted.
”I have been reliably informed that some private schools have already started the 3rd term online and have asked parents and guardians to pay fees and purchase digital gadgets for their wards. This should be discontinued. Any School that goes contrary to this instruction will have its licence withdrawn and will be prosecuted,” Professor Nse Essien, Akwa Ibom Commissioner for Education
He stressed that the state government would announce the resumption of both public and private schools in the state when it is convinced of safety of the children.
In his words, “No School, both public and private is authorized to start the 3rd term 2019/2020 school year, either in Schools environment or online. Resumption of Schools for the school year will be announced when government is convinced that our children will be safe in Schools.
On the effort which the government had put in place, Essien disclosed that the ongoing School-on-Radio programme for Junior Secondary School 3 and Senior Secondary 3 in the state was put in place to help the students prepare for their external examination, adding that government has also commenced the School-Radio programme for the primary schools this week.
He added that later in the week, a special website where all the lessons so far delivered on radio would be hosted to enable students to go back, revise and download both audio and lecture notes in lessons already delivered.
Essien however, encouraged schools to initiate an optional online revision classes with their students who are still at home but on no cost to the parents as they are already overburdened with hardship arising from COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
“We, however, encourage our schools to start online revision classes with their students who are still at home. This should be optional and should attract no fees. Parents are already overburdened by severe economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown.