As the Covid 19 pandemic appears to ease out in the country, the Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, has directed the reopening of all public and private schools from Monday, October 5.

Diri’s directive covers public and private tertiary, secondary and primary schools across the state.

The primary and secondary schools would resume for their third term.

This was disclosed on Monday by the Committee on Safe Re-Opening of Schools after a meeting with Governor Diri in Government House, Yenagoa.

Speaking, the Commissioner for Information, Orientation, and Strategy, Mr. Ayibaina Duba, said the government decided that resuming for the third term would redeem the time lost by the students as a result of the pandemic, which necessitated the closure of schools since March this year.

His words: “The third term and session would terminate on December 18, 2020, and a new academic session would commence in January 2021.

“Government has also directed the committee to close down private schools operating below government-approved standards. This directive is strict to protect students from learning in an unhygienic environment, where they might be exposed to COVID-19 and other infections.

“What we have done is to ensure that the lost time is regained. Therefore, the government of Bayelsa State under the leadership of Senator Douye Diri has decided with all the critical stakeholders that all schools, both public and private and all tertiary institutions, should resume for classes from the 5th of October 2020.

“It has also come to the notice of the government that many private schools are not up to standard and the governor directed the Ministry of Education to shut down such schools.”