Ogun suspends staggered classes as COVID-19 cases rise

The Ogun State Government has suspended staggering of classes, replacing it with normal classes of 8am to 2pm as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the country.

The   Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu, was said to have given the directive to heads of schools in the state on Monday in Abeokuta.

Arigbabu had said, “Schools must revert to their normal hours, which is from 8am to 2pm. Staggering of classes will not hold anymore because the syllabus has to be covered, as well as safeguard lives of students who loiter around before their scheduled classes.”

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Communications, Remmy Hazzan, on Tuesday further explained that the move was for logistic reasons.

Hazzan said the government was mindful of the increasing cases of COVID-19 and had put in place measures to ensure protect both students and teachers by ensuring that non-pharmaceutical protocols are sustained.

He said the government planned to assess the new policy for two to three weeks and review it before taking another decision.

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