With less than six days to the commencement of the 20th National Sports Festival in Benin City, the Edo State Government has ordered the closure of all public and private schools across the state to allow residents to participate in the sports fiesta.

A statement by the state’s Commissioner for Education, Jimoh ljegbai, on Monday said the government has amended the state’s school calendar to give room for the new development.

“All public and private schools in Edo State are directed to proceed on break from Monday, March 23 and should resume April 2 due to the National Sports Festival hosted by the Edo State Government from March 22 to April 1.

“The second term vacation will now commence April 9. All Schools will now resume for the third term on April 27 originally scheduled.

Teachers, parents and pupils/student are enjoined to attend all events of the NSF.

This amended calendar is for both public and private schools in the state, primary and post primary schools,” the statement said.