Delta’s tertiary schools announce resumption dates

The Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka, has announced the reopening of academic activities for the second semester of the 2019/2020 academic year.

According to the university’s bulletin, academic activities will resume on Monday, October 5, 2020.

This is coming nearly six months after the institution was shut down following the outbreak of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.

According to the bulletin, the resumption would be in phases as a result of the COVID-19 protocol and part of measures to checkmate the spread of the disease on campus.


The Delta State Government had approved October 2 for the commencement of academic activities in tertiary institutions across the state.

The bulletin titled “Re-Opening of the University after the Ease of the Covid-19 Lockdown”, however, directed all members of staff of the university to immediately resume work in preparation for resumption.

It stated that postgraduate, graduating (400 & 500 levels) and 100 level students would resume academic activities between Monday 5 – Saturday 31 October 2020.

“This is to inform the university community, particularly staff and students that management at its special meeting held on Thursday, September 17, 2020, has decided as follows:

“The university would re-open in phases as indicated hereunder: Monday 5 – Saturday 31 October 2020 Postgraduate, Graduating (400 & 500 levels) and 100 level students would resume for academic activities for completion of the second semester, with two weeks for revision and two weeks examinations.

“Monday, 20 – Monday, 30 November 2020, 200 and 300 level students including Diploma students would resume with two weeks of revision and two weeks for examinations.

“All members of staff are to resume work immediately in preparation for the resumption of academic activities scheduled for Monday 5 October 2020. Please note that all categories of staff are to resume work at 8.00 am and close at 4.00 pm,” the document read.

Meanwhile, the Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro, has also approved Monday, September 28 as the resumption date for National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) students.

However, ND l and HND l students were directed to return to class on Monday, October 12.

Also, the Delta State Polytechnic, Oghara, has approved Friday, October 2 as the resumption date for the completion of the first-semester examination which was postponed as a result of the outbreak of the Coronavirus.

A circular by the school authority indicated that the institution’s first-semester examination will commence on October 12 for ND ll and HND ll students, while ND l and HND l students will begin October 26.

Similarly, the management of the Delta State School of Marine Technology (DESOMATECH), Burutu, in a public notice, announced the resumption of academic activities for October 2, adding that modalities will be in place for strict compliance to COVID-19 guidelines.

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