The Rivers State government has announced that all its public primary schools across the state are opened for teaching and learning as the state government is not owing any security guard in its employment.
The Rivers State Commissioner for Educatio, Professor Kaniye Ebeku, said this after a tour of public primary schools across Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government areas, on Monday.
“All our public schools have been reopened. The teachers and pupils are in their respective schools.
“Like I said before, we are not owing any security guard that is in direct employment of the Rivers State government. Therefore, nobody can close the gates of the public schools.
“The elements making noise on the radio are unknown to the Rivers State government and they have no contractual agreement with us. “
At all the schools visited , the commissioner had interactions with the pupils and their teachers.
Some of the public primary schools visited by the commissioner include: State Primary Township Schools 1 and 2, Moscow Road, Centenary Primary School, Port Harcourt and Saint Andrews Primary Schools (1,2,3 and 4), in Port Harcourt.
The Head Teacher of Port Harcourt City Centenary Primary School, Mrs Okachi Charity, said that 85 pupils turned up on the first day of resumption. She said that teaching and learning had already commenced.
A teacher at the Port Harcourt City Centenary Primary School, Mrs Joy Okoroafor, said she is happy to be back to her duty post.
The Head Teacher of State Township Primary School 1, on Moscow Road, Mrs Wokoma Robert, said that all teachers in the school resumed on the first day, while over 300 pupils turned up for learning.
Mrs Blessing Idia, the Head Teacher of State Primary School 2, Moscow Road, in Port Harcourt, said that academic activities had already commenced.
All the schools visited were also conducting admission of new pupils.