The Kwara State Government has told private schools’ owners in the state not to collect third term school fees from parents and guardians as the 2020/2021 academic session commences on Monday, 5th October 2020.
The State Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Hajia Fatimah Bisola Ahmed made this known in a meeting with stakeholders held at St Anthony Secondary School on Friday.
Hajia Ahmed said the state Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has approved 5th October 2020 as the beginning of 2020/2021 academic session, stressing that no school under any disguise should collect third term fees.
She suggested that rather schools should organize revision classes and placement examination within two weeks of resumption.
The commissioner who was represented by the Director, Quality Assurance Bureau, Mrs Comfort Abioye, said Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) will start on Tuesday 6th, October 2020 while Common Entrance will hold on 17th October 2020.
Hajia Ahmed who urged the schools to ensure strict compliance with the Covid-19 guidelines in order to flatten the curve of the pandemic said that the swapping of principals to curb examination malpractices will continue in both BECE and the forthcoming NECO examinations.
“Principals in public schools will be swapped to other schools to monitor and supervise exams. This will allow external invigilators to do their work effectively and efficiently.” She stated.
The approved Kwara State School Calendar for 2020/2021 was unveiled at the meeting. The Academic Session is as follows: First Term – 5th October 2020 to 18th December 2020; Second Term – 4th January 2021 to 31st March 2021; Third Term – 26th April 2021 to 30th July 2021
The 2021/2022 Academic Session begins on 20th September 2021 to 17th December 2021, respectively.