Schools across Bayelsa State will resume on November 16, for the first term of the 2021/2022, the State Commissioner for Education, Hon. Gentle Emelah has said.
The Commissioner, while announcing the development said officially schools in the state were meant to close on September 10, for the 2020/2021 academic session but the rampaging flood in the state forced some schools to close early berore time.
According to him, schools located in areas of heavy flood had to shut down because of the safety of the pulpils and staff so as to avoid any casualty.
Hon. Emelah pointed out that the government is seriously watching the situation to see how fast the flood will recede, so as to take their next line of action, whether or not to extend the date for the resumption or bring it closer.
He said: “What we decided as a government was that at this period that the floods are almost everywhere, schools should be closed because we want the children to be safe in their homes. We don’t want a situation that children will fall into the flood water while coming to school. That will be sad because anything can happen in that case.
“Right now many places in Yenagoa have been covered with flood. Apart from Nembe and Brass Local Government that have salt water, the rest places with fresh water are filled with flood”.
Emelah, who recently clocked one year in office, stated that the present administration is doing its best in terms of welfare of teachers but added that the only issue is that of primary school teachers whose salaries are being owed.
Explaining that though they are supposed to be paid by local government councils, as a result of the current economic realities, the state government is doing its best to resolve the issue.
The Commissioner informed that in the last one year, he has embarked on massive inspection of all the schools in the state and on his visit he found out that the schools do not have enough teachers but have too many non-academic staff, “so the government is working on getting more teachers for the schools even from the civil service”.
He maintained that the inspection was carried out last year during the flood, and that the aim of the inspection was to get first hand information and know what was on ground in the schools in terms of staff, infrastructure and other basic facilities.
“After the inspection a report was submitted to His Excellency who is seriously working towards resolving the areas with challenges”, he added.