Imo State Government has given approval for resumption of schools on Monday October 5, 2020.
The resumption is however subject to adherence to recommendations by the Committee responsible for COVID-19 safety protocols headed by Deputy Governor Prof. Placid Njoku.
The decision to reopen the schools was reached at the State Executive Council meeting on Wednesday September 30, 2020 presided over by Governor Hope Uzodimma.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, who briefed newsmen, also said the Council gave approval for Imo school system to be fully automated and digitalised to capture pupils and students enrollment; teachers, pupils and students personal data; payment of school fees; examination details and other relevant information concerning schools in the state.
The automation, the Commissioner emphasised, is to make it easy for 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 will head the automation process.
The Commissioner however informed the State Executive Council had received information the planned warning strike by doctors in Imo is not only politically motivated but an intention to blackmail government.
He said that government has been making frantic efforts to sanitise the wrongs and rots in the payroll system where past administrations, civil and public servants have been found to be complicit.
He 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 planned warning strike and think of amicable resolution through dialogue with the appropriate government officials.