Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa
The Bayelsa State Government has warned that it has not given its nod for any private school to re-open for academic activities to resume.
The state government has warned that any private school that resumes without the directive of the state government risks losing its operating license for violating the orders of the
Governor Henry Seriake Dickson had ordered the closure of all public and private schools due to the flood disaster that submerged many communities in Bayelsa State and also affected residential areas in the state capital Yenagoa.
Words had gone around that due to the receding flood; private schools are free to resume and cover lost grounds before the yuletide holidays.
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However, Commissioner for Education in the state, Hon. Jonathan Obuebite, in a terse press statement, said that it was untrue, as a formal statement from his office had not been released to back the news that is spreading around the state.
“I am therefore advising school owners not to disregard the order of His Excellency, the Governor that all Public and Private schools in the State be shut down until the flooding situation currently had been faced by residents recedes to a bearable state.
“Any school that is caught will have their school’s license withdrawn by the Ministry and the school permanently shut down. Parents are also advised not to take their children to school until otherwise instructed by the government”.