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El-Rufai approves partial reopening of schools in Kaduna


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Kaduna State Government has approved Sunday and Monday, October 18 and 19 as the resumption dates for primary six, SS II and JSS II boarding and day schools.

The state government, according to a statement by the state Commissioner for Education, Shehu Muhammad, also approved the reopening of higher institutions in the state.

The statement, however, said the reopening would be sequel to the approval of timetable submitted to the state ministry of education.

The statement urged all principals to make arrangements for receiving Boarding students on Sunday 18th and Day students on Monday, 19th October.

It advised all higher institutions that are yet to approach the ministry with their plan for reopening are expected to do as soon as possible.

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The statement also stated that all administrators of the public and private schools must comply with all COVID-19 protocols.

These include temperature check at the entrance, compulsory wearing of face masks, handwashing and use of sanitizer and all COVID-19 guidelines as stated by the NCDC.

The state guidelines demand that the first shift would be from 8:00am – 12:00pm while the second shift would be from 01:00pm – 05:00pm.

The state government demands that: “Class size should not be more than 20 students per normal class with 1.5m-2.0m physical distancing.

“Schools must have COVID-19 team which will comprise of the SBMC, PTA, community representative, students and teachers’ representatives that will monitor compliance.

“All administrators of the public and private schools are encouraged to adopt blended learning system.

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“Parents are also advised to provide their children with facemasks and other sanitary items to help in curtailing the spread of the virus.

“Proprietors of private schools are also expected to ensure proper arrangements and compliance with all COVID-19 protocols and communicate their readiness to reopen to the schools’ Quality Assurance Authority.

“All other learning, coaching and training centers including Islamiyah/madrasas are to approach the State Schools Quality Assurance Authority, SQAA, to enable them obtain clearance for opening after satisfying all the COVID-19 protocols.

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“SQAA are to work closely with Bureau for Interfaith and Local Government Authorities in ensuring that Islamiyah/Madrasahs open gradually based on their readiness to comply with COVID-19 protocols.

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“Monitoring teams are expected to be going round to ensure compliance.

“Appropriate resumption dates for the rest of the classes will be announced in due course.”

The state ministry of education assured the public that it would continue the e-learning programme using Google classrooms, radio and television stations and other online applications until normalcy is returned to the academic environment.

The ministry also appreciated the support of all stakeholders in the education sector including, but not limited to Non-Governmental Organizations, Parents Teachers Association, Proprietors of Private Schools, Old Students Association and the Media for their continued support and understanding.

The ministry, therefore, invites all stakeholders to join the various monitoring teams in ensuring a safe learning environment for students.

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