The Oyo State Government has cancelled the third term for the 2019/2020 academic session for primary and secondary schools, adding that, pupils are to be promoted based on their academic performance in first and second terms of the suspended session.
According to a source in the Ministry of Education, who was privy to the meeting and pleaded anonymity, adding that the governor was more concerned about the need to ensure that, the pupils were not exposed unnecessary and strongly advocated their safety as the state battles the COVID-19 pandemic.
Adding that, the decision to review the calendar and especially cancelled the third term was advocated by Governor Seyi Makinde and discussed by the Council, following the directive formed part of decisions reached at the State Executive Council meeting, noting that SSS 3 will resume for their examination as soon as the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) announces the date.
While the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Olasunkanmi Olaleye, said terminal classes pupils, including Primary Six, Junior Secondary School 3 and Senior Secondary School 3, are to proceed on holiday from July 30 and resume for their examination, whose detailed was released in the revised academic calendar, however, expressed that, Oyo State Executive Council at its meeting, has approved the academic calendar to guide resumption of schools and other associated educational activities.
According to the approved calendar, Third Term 2019/2020 session has been cancelled and promotion of pupils for affected classes will now be determined by First and Second Term Continuous Assessment, while Pry 6, JSS 3 and SSS 3 will proceed on holiday from July 30 and resume for their examination as follows, while First Term- 21st September to 18th December 2020, Second Term- 11th January to 9th April 2021 and Third Term- 3rd May to 30th July 2021, according to report.
Recall that, on Monday, July 6, 2020, Oyo State Government announced various measures that were in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in schools, as Oyo state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Olasunkanmi Olaleye disclosed it while responding to questions from journalists in Ibadan that, various training has been given to categories of school heads, principals and teachers on how to monitor and report any sign of illness showing symptoms of Coronavirus to the authority.