The Periscope reporter
Kaduna State government said all schools should remain closed excluding Kaduna Polytechnic and the National Open University to be able to allow students write their examinations..
The permanent Secretary, Ministry of education, Mrs Phoebe Sukai Yayi made the announcement at a news briefing in Kaduna where she said the state government has not concluded arrangements for the reopening of the schools.
Yayi said it became necessary to address journalist to clear the air on the date of resumption to schools.
“W know that, the federal government stated that schools can resume on Monday the 18 of January 2021 following the closure of schools last year due to the second wave of the Covid 19 increased cases.
“The situation was different in Kaduna State, as we have the second wave, we also had increases in the number of the COVID-19 cases that are coming up.
“In Kaduna State, we have our own peculiar situation, before now, we had the news through the Social Media that Kaduna state government had declared 18 January 2021 to be the resumption date, which we disclaimed.
“We want to make it categorically clear that Kaduna state government is yet to fix a date for resumption to schools.
“In as much as the federal government has declared 18 January as date for resumption, Kaduna state is yet to declare a date for resumption,” Yayi said.
Yayi pointed out that government was still monitoring the situation and promised to make pronouncement regarding that in due course.
Yayi maintained that tomorrow Monday, ministry of education, would hold stakeholders meeting on education in the state. The state ministry of health would also brief them on the Covid-19 cases with a view to take position on how to advice government.
According to the Permanent Secretary, the only exception they have for now, is the National Open University of Nigeria and Kaduna Polytechnic who have specifically requested for them to open for students to write semester examination only.
She further revealed that they have inspected the school premises, confirmed their preparedness and satisfied with all the protocols put in place and giving them approval to open for exams only.
Yayi also requested the state or federal institutions that are in Kaduna state to please hold on their activities untill government come up with clear date for resumption.
“For Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, we are yet to receive any communication from them, so as far as we knew, ABU Zaria is till closed until we receive directive from Kaduna State government”