Kano, Taraba reopen schools

Pupils in a classroom with their teacher at the Tsangaya Model Primary School, Ganduje

Private and public boarding secondary schools in Kano State on Sunday reopened for the first time since March.

This is based on the approval of the state government which also meant that day schools will open on Monday, 21st September.

Commissioner of Education, Muhammad Sanusi Sa’id Kiru, disclosed this development in Kano, the state capital.

Kiru said the schools reopening are those with students sitting for the National Examinations Council (NECO) Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE).

He added that the schools have been fumigated and decontaminated to check the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

“In further compliance with the COVID-19 protocols for ensuring safety and protection of our teaching staff and students, we have also provided PPEs to the schools across the State.

“As I speak with you, I am on my way to inspect one of the boarding schools to ensure everything is well prepared,” he said.

A ministry official said about 199 public schools and 329 private schools were fumigated across Kano and supplied with face masks and sanitizers.

A seminar was also held for school principals on the causes and effects of coronavirus.

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje had also reportedly released the sum of N880 million for renovation of schools in preparation for the reopening.

Kiru disclosed that Kano is among the 15 states selected to benefit from the COVID-19 incentives because of satisfactory levels of compliance with the protocols.

Taraba too

In the case of Taraba State, the Commissioner Basic and Secondary Education, Johannes Jigem, gave the directive after a stakeholders meeting that schools resume on Monday.

Jigem, who conveyed the directive of Governor Darius Ishaku for the reopening of schools, emphasised strict adherence to the COVID – 19 protocol.

“We have directed all schools to wave the third term which was thwarted by the effects of the pandemic.

“School resumption by September 21 is for the first term and fees are to be collected for the first term.
“Government hereby encourages parents to send their children back to school immediately,” he said.

The commissioner, who explained that the reopening of schools was basically for primary and secondary schools in the state, was silent on the date for the reopening of tertiary institutions in the state.

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