The Oyo State government has announced slight adjustments to the school calendar earlier made public.
The adjustment, according to the state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye, is in conformity with the agreement reached by the Federal and State Governments with the West African Examination Council (WAEC).
The exam body has fixed the date for the commencement of the West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for August 17 this year.
Olaleye said in a statement on Sunday that there would be continuation of lessons for SS3 Class till the commencement of WASSCE on August 17, 2020, with the SS3 students expected to resume to their respective schools on Monday, August 3, 2020 after the Eid-el-Kabir break.
According to the statement, Junior Secondary Class 3 and Primary 6 Classes are to proceed on holiday as earlier scheduled and resume for their Examinations on the 10th and 20 August, 2020 respectively.
Meanwhile, the State Government has hailed teachers in the state describing them as the heroes of the successful resumption of classes in the state despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said that the state government was appreciative of the commitment of the teachers to its programmes.
The Commissioner praised all the teachers who took part in the revision exercises for terminal students from July 6, 2020.
Terminal classes including Senior Secondary School Three (3), Junior Secondary Three (3) and Primary Six (6) pupils resumed classes in Oyo State on July 6, despite alarms raised by the Federal Government and some education stakeholders.
The Commissioner stated that the unalloyed support of teachers and stakeholders in the Oyo State education sector as well as the hard work they put into the preparation for the resumption of academic activities in the various schools were commendable.
Olaleye said: “Your dedication to work, love for your students and personal involvement in the training and observance of COVID 19 protocols in the bid to curtail coronavirus infection among our school children are unparalleled.”
He noted that though COVID-19 is real and un-abating at the moment, the state would defeat the virus with “science, diligence and courage.”
He added: “I pray that all our efforts at recording success in all examinations by our students will not be in vain.”