Katsina govt bans WhatsApp use in schools

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The Katsina State Government has ordered schools to forbid the use of WhatsApp for information dissemination.

This is widely seen as the latest in the government’s suspected clampdown on social media.

This directive not only affects schools but also civil servants.

The state Ministry of Education ordered principals of government schools to abolish all existing Whatsapp groups in their respective schools.

The same goes for Facebook, where government workers have been asked to avoid the use of the social media platform to comment on government activities, either positively or negatively.

The circular, MOE/ZDKT/ADG/VOL.1, seen by EduCeleb.com, came from the Zonal Education Quality Assurance of the Katsina State Ministry of Education and was sent to all heads and principals of public schools in the state.

The circular, dated December 7 and titled, “Abolishing of Whatsapp group in our schools” was signed by one Muhammad Sada Dikko, for the Zonal Coordinator.

It reads, “I am directed to write and inform all the principals to direct the various Group Admin in their respective schools to wipe out the so-called school Whatsapp. The abolishing of this group becomes necessary due to the multiple postings being made, which create problems and insubordination between the school authority and its staff.

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“Principals should also remind their staff about the government circular that prohibits any civil servant from commenting positively or negatively on government activities on Facebook or WhatsApp.”

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