Delta cancels transfer of over 4,500 teachers due to Covid fears

Delta state Governor, Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa

By Kasarachi Azuka, Asaba

Delta State Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education has cancelled the recent transfer of over 4,500 secondary school teachers across the state by the Post Primary Education Board (PPEB).

The Commissioner in charge of the ministry, Patrick Ukah, in a statement in Asaba, Sunday, said that with the increasing rate of COVID-19 infections across the country, which has already affected the adjusted academic calendar, transferring teachers at this time would lead to further loss of academic hours as the affected teachers would need time to adjust and settle down in their new schools.

Teachers may need to observe isolation for two weeks and also may not be fit to mix up enough to get lodging and other logistics.

The commissioner therefore directed the PPEB to cancel the posting immediately and called on the affected teachers to remain in their duty posts as students return back to school for second term academic activities on Monday, January 18.

Ukah assured that the state government was working round the clock to put necessary measures in place to curtail the spread of the disease in the state, especially among pupils, students and teachers.