Akwa Ibom State Government said it has not authorised the resumption of schools , physically or virtually , for the 2019 /2020 academic year .
It threatened that any school , either public or private , that has resumed would have its operational licence withdrawn and defaulters prosecuted .
The Commissioner for Education , Nse Essien, issued the warning in Uyo on Monday .
Essien said he has been informed that some private schools have commenced online resumption and have asked parents to pay school fees , adding that the government would announce the resumption of schools in the state when it is convinced of the health safety of the children .
He said , “ Resumption of schools for the third term 2019 /2020 school year will be announced when government is convinced that our children will be safe in schools .
“ No school both (private or public ) is authorized to start the 3 rd term school year , either in schools environment or online.
“ I have been reliably informed that some private schools have already started the 3 rd term online and have asked parents and guardians to pay school fees and purchase digital gadget for their wards .
“ This should be discontinued forthwith .
Any school that goes contrary to this instructions will have its license withdrawn and will be prosecuted .
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