The government of Oyo State has ordered the cancellation of the third term academic calendar for the 2019/2020 session for both primary and secondary schools in the state.
With the new order, pupils and students are set to be promoted to next class using their academic performance for first and second terms of the 2019/2020 academic session.
The directive by the Oyo state government is part of resolutions reached at the State Executive Council meeting held on Tuesday.
According to a reliable source in the state’s Ministry of Education, who pleaded anonymity, the decision to review the calendar and cancel the third term was raised by Governor Seyi Makinde and was discussed by the Council.
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The source stated that Governor Makinde was more concerned that pupils be not exposed to the Covid-19 pandemic even as the state battles the lethal virus.
The Oyo state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Olasunkanmi Olaleye, stated that pupils in terminal classe including Primary Six, Junior Secondary School 3 and Senior Secondary School 3, are to proceed on holiday from July 30 and resume for their examination.
Olaleye said: “The Oyo State Executive Council at its meeting today (yesterday) has approved the academic calendar to guide resumption of schools and other associated educational activities in the state.
“According to the approved calendar, Third Term 2019/2020 session has been cancelled and promotion of pupils for affected classes will now be determined by First and Second Term Continuous Assessment.
“Pry 6, JSS 3 and SSS 3 will proceed on holiday from July 30 and resume for their examination as follows:
“Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE)- 10th to 18th August 2020. Competitive Entrance Examination into the Schools of Science- 19th August 2020.
“Placement/Screening Test to JSS1- 20th August 2020. Placement Test into Technical Colleges- 28th August 2020
“The SSS 3 will resume for their examination as soon as the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) announces the date.
“The 2020/21 academic session, according to the calendar approved by the State Council is as follows:
“First Term- 21st September to 18th December 2020. Second Term- 11th January to 9th April 2021. Third Term- 3rd May to 30th July 2021.
“The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology enjoins stakeholders and the public to take note of the details of the academic calendar.”