The controversy concerning the re-opening of schools in Imo State Nigeria has finally been settled as the State government formally announces Monday 5th October as the date all primary and secondary schools will open for normal academic activities.
The date was agreed during the usual state executive council meeting held on Wednesday and made public through a broadcast by the State radio, Orient FM.
There has been a lot of speculation concerning the re-opening of schools in Imo especially when it became evident that many other states had since started academic activities in their various schools.
In fact, at a time when the government could not give any directive to open the schools, the management of the individual institutions started announcing dates for their schools to open, this decision infuriated the state authorities who warned them to desisted from taken such action as their licenses may be withdrawn if they were not careful.
Many of the students who arrived to those schools became stranded as it became clear to them that it was impossible for the schools to resume without authorization from the state government.
Among the reason the government gave for the delay was the COVID-19 mass testing it said was being carried out around the state, which was geared towards knowing the status of the virus in the state before finally opening the schools.