The Bayelsa State Government has condemned some private schools in the state for flouting an order on the adjustment of academic resumption calendar, after it had earlier giving an outstanding directive on the resumption of all schools in the state due to the persistent perennial flood experience ravaging the state and its environment.
The State government directed that all schools in the state should resume by November 2021, however the Education Commissioner Dr. Gentle Emelah said on Monday that it had come to the notice of the government that some private schools had resumed academic activities, against government’s stipulated date of November 2021.
He said the adjustment of the academic calendar was necessitated by the persistent perennial flood experienced recently.
The commissioner in his message stated that: “Due to perennial flooding experienced in the state, government has adjusted the academic calendar to prevent children from going to school during the flood period, for safety and to resume in November, which is the beginning of regular dry season.”
He further stressed that the “Government is, however, monitoring the flood situation and may announce resumption of schools before next month, should there be any need to do so. But for now, all schools are advised to remain closed.”
Meanwhile, Dr. Gentle Emelah has directed schools that had resumed to shut down immediately to avoid the rod of the state government on them and advised them to wait for further directive from the government, as the ministry would not hesitate to sanction any erring school.