No Third Term Fees, As Benue Schools Open Sept 21

By Denen Achussah

Parents and guardians, whose wards are in basic and senior school in Benue State will not pay third term school fees, Education Commissioner Professor Dennis Ityavyar has announced. The exit classes are however, exempted from the no-third-term school fees directive.

Professor Ityavyar, who disclosed this while briefing journalists at Benue Peoples House Makurdi, said resumption date for public and private education institutions in the state will be 21st September, 2020.

Both second term and third term were truncated following the lockdown measures occassioned by Covid-19 pandemic.

With the gradual easing out of lockdown measures, stakeholders in the education sector in the state have agreed that all tertiary institutions be fumigated and COVID-19 protocols strictly observed as the schools reopen.

The resumption, according to Prof Ityavyar is for first term of 2020/2021 academic session, meaning that third term for other categories of pupils and students except JSS 3 and SSS 3 had been cancelled.

Hear him: “Let me emphasise on the issue of school fees so there is no confusion because if third term is cancelled, school fees for the term is also cancelled. But in the case of JSS 3 and SSS 3, parents are expected to pay their third term fees. However, those who have not done third term, they don’t need to pay fees and this applies to private and public schools.”

Parents are expected to provide facemasks and hand sanitizers for their wards while school authorities provide hand washing facilities and monitor compliance with social distancing in terms of sitting arrangement.

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According to the Education Commissioner, schools with high population would have to operate morning and afternoon sessions to avoid congestion. He warned that strict monitoring would be carried out to ensure compliance.

Prof Ityavyar explained that the first term 2020/2021 academic session would end on 18th December, 2020 while second term would commence on 7th January 2021 and end in March of the same year.

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