CLAIM: On June 15, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a report online claiming that the Oyo state government has announced resumption activities for junior and senior secondary students in examination classes.
The report headlined; COVID-19: “Oyo State Resumes Academic Activities for JSS3 and SS3 students” has gone viral and raised a lot of controversies on the social media space.
FACT: Investigations by fact-checkers at the CDD show that the Oyo government’s COVID-19 task force announced ease of the lockdown issued by the state.
A statement released on Monday, June 15, 2020, by Taiwo Adisa, the chief press secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State said, the task force decided after it met with the chairman, the governor.
According to the statement, decisions reached between the task force and the governor includes the resumption of classes for Primary Six, JSS3, and SS3 students from Monday, June 29.
The statement also said that the resumption of work by all categories of workers at the state secretariat would be on June 22, while worship places will operate at 25 percent capacity.
Adisa said the plan to limit public gathering to not more than 25 persons is to contain the spread of the Coronavirus disease in the state.
Further checks by CDD also show that students in critical classes (JSS3 and SS3) are to resume at the end of June 2020, to ensure they are well prepared for the public examinations ahead.
The schools are also to observe the COVID-19 guidelines that the task force released.
These guidelines include that schools must ensure that stations for washing of hands are provided with the support of their Parents/Teachers Associations (PTA), while all students are to put a face mask compulsorily.
CDD fact-checkers can confirm that at the time of releasing this fact check on June 16, 2020, this claim is “TRUE.”
CDD is urging members of the public to read beyond headlines before sharing any news report, especially from blogs in the habit of using sensational headlines to draw traffic to their blogs.