The government of Imo State has approved the resumption of schools on Monday, October 5, 2020.
The resumption is however subject to the adherence to the recommendations by the committee responsible for ensuring that COVID-19 safety protocols headed by the deputy governor, Prof. Placid Njoku.
The decision to reopen the schools was reached at the State Executive Council (SEC) meeting presided over by Governor Hope Uzodimma.
The commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, who briefed the press, said that the council gave approval for the Imo State school system to be fully automated and digitalised to capture pupils and students enrolment; teachers, pupils and students personal data; payment of school fees; examination details and other relevant information concerning schools in the state.
The reason for the automation, the commissioner emphasised, is to make it easy for the government, parents, teachers, students, pupils and the general public to access information on schools as well as data of anyone who passed through such schools. Emelumba said that the commissioner for education would head the automation process.
He, however, informed, regrettably, that SEC had received information that the planned warning strike by doctors in the state is not only politically motivated, but intended to blackmail the government.
He said that the government had been making frantic efforts to sanitise the wrongs and rots in the payroll system where past administrations, civil and public servants had been found to be complicit.
The government therefore enjoined the public not to be deceived by the planned doctors’ warning strike. Emelumba, however, urged the doctors, especially their leaders, to reconsider their stand on the warning strike and think of amicable resolution through dialogue with the appropriate government officials.