Days after the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID -19 eased some restrictions including approving the resumption of pupils and students of graduating classes (Primary 6, JSS 3, and SS 3) in preparation for examinations, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education in Bayelsa state, Comrade Walter Liverpool, has declared that schools in the state were not ready to resume.
Liverpool said until the precautionary measures were put in place in all the government and private schools in the state, no academic activity would take place in any school.
The permanent secretary who gave the charge during a chat with Blueprint in his office in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state capital said, “The government has to release funds and we have not goten the money, right now. We cannot categorically say we are opening our schools tomorrow or next.
“Until we see a green light from the state government asking to go ahead, and that will come from the readiness of the governor. Whenever the governor is ready, we will now open our schools.
“As soon as funds are available we will organise seminars on the measures against the spread of the Covid-19 virus.”
Liverpool also debunked some of the allegations that the government is making demands from over 500 private schools in the state.
“There is nothing like that, and nobody from this ministry has the right to do that. There was a workshop on how to handle the students within this period, and I attended. If there is an issue of money maybe it is within them.
“Any private school that opens without our knowledge will be sanctioned until we formerly announce the reopening of schools.”