Edo State Government Implements Three-Day School Week in Response to Fuel Subsidy Removal.
In response to the removal of fuel subsidy, the Edo State Government has announced a reduction in school days to three times a week. This decision aims to mitigate the impact of the subsidy removal on the education sector.
Ozavize Salami, Chairperson of the Edo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), announced Benin City on Friday following a meeting between government officials, including Anthony Okungbowa, the state’s Head of Service.
The meeting was convened to discuss the government’s directive for public and civil servants to work three times a week in light of the subsidy removal.
“For the three-day work week, we tried to cluster the school learning days into the first three days of the week. We did not want any gaps for administrative reasons. So, children will come on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in all basic education schools across the state,” she noted.
According to her, the government has already established plans to align with the school curriculum.
“What we have done also is that we’ve extended the learning time by one hour in primary schools and two hours in junior secondary schools to ensure that the term’s curriculum is achieved,” the SUBEB boss noted.
“So, we have taken the timetable for Thursday and Friday and integrated it into the timetable for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.”
In response, the Head of Service clarified that government offices will remain open throughout the week, despite public and civil servants working three days a week. He further stated that employees off duty will operate remotely.
Edo State is not alone in implementing measures to alleviate the effects of the subsidy removal. Kwara State has also adopted a three-day working week for public and civil servants, in line with the nationwide struggle against the rising cost of petroleum.
Additionally, organized labor is advocating for an increase in the minimum wage and the provision of relief measures to mitigate the impact of the subsidy removal.