The attention of the Bayelsa State Government has been drawn to reports that some private schools in the State are flouting the directive of the government for all schools to proceed on a 6 weeks flood break, starting from yesterday to 11th of next month.
A statement by Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education, Mr. Christopher Ewhrudjakpo, for the Commissioner, Mr. Gentle Emelah notes that schools that are currently part of the ongoing National Bureau of Statistics and Ministry of Education data validation exercise are expected to close their schools next week Monday immediately after the conclusion of the above exercise.
According to the ministry, the statement is to remind operators of private schools that the flood break is an adjustment to the calendar to provide for the flood should in case there is any, so as to keep children safe at home with their parents.
The statement further noted that no form of holiday lessons are expected to hold in whatever guise within the period and any school planning to hold lessons for her terminal students should come to the ministry of education to obtain an approval before embarking on such.
Adding that inspectors from the ministry will be going round town to ensure strict compliance it notes that all schools are mandated to follow and operate the government approved calendar to ensure the safety of the children during the flood, as defaulters will be decisively dealt with moving forward.