by Juliana K. Tauna, Kaduna
The Kaduna State government, under the leadership of Governor Nasir el-Rufai, has approved Monday, 10th August, 2020, as the resumption date for the Senior Secondary School students.
The state government stated that appropriate resumption dates for examination class and others, which include SS-1. SS-2, and JSS 1-3 as well as primary schools, will be announced in due course.
The resumption is in compliance with the announcement of the Federal Ministry of Education urging students to resume on the 4th of August, 2020, in tune with the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) slated for 17th August.
This was contained in a statement signed by the commissioner, ministry of education, Alhaji Shehu Usman Muhammad, directing all principals to make arrangements to receive the SS-3 boarding students on 9th and day students on the 10th August.
According to the commissioner, “The one week interval, starting from today, 3rd August, 2020, was to allow all administrators of public and private schools to make the necessary preparation as well as put Covid-19 guidelines in place and the agreed guidelines, which include reducing working and revision hours to four per shift.”
He added in the statement that private schools should report their readiness to the Kaduna state Quality Assurance Authority using approximate checklist and obtaining a written “no objection” to open on clean bill of health, while higher institutions and public schools are to report to the relevant departments in the ministry of education.
The commissioner further explained that government is doing everything possible to decontaminated/disinfect public schools, including higher institutions, in order to make the environment safe and conducive for learning as well provide face-masks and sanitizers for staff and students.
The statement further encouraged all schools to continue the e-learning education programmed using the Google “classrooms,” Radio and Television as well as other online applications until full normalcy returns to the academic environment.