Covid-19: El-Rufa’i directs partial re-opening of secondary schools in Kaduna

The Kaduna State government has instructed all secondary schools in the State to reopen for academic sessions on February 1, 2021.

The State’s Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Phoebe Yayi, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen on Friday.

Yayi explained that only Senior Secondary School 3 (SS 3) and Junior Secondary School 1 (JSS 1), JSS 3 were to open. According to her, the government said that all public primary and nursery schools would remain closed, while primary 4, 5 and 6, in private schools should reopen.

She also disclosed that the resumption date for SS2, SS1 and JSS 2, would be communicated soon, subject to such schools’ compliance with the COVID-19 protocols.

The Permanent Secretary said that academic activities in schools would run on shift bases, with the first shift running from 8 am to 12 noon, while the second shift will be from 1pm to 5 pm.

Yayi added that the decision was reached by the government following extensive appraisal of the COVID-19 second wave pandemic in Kaduna and sequence of consultations with appropriate stakeholders.

She also advised parents to provide their children with face masks and other sanitary items, to help in controlling the spread of coronavirus and warned that any breach against the Covid-19 protocols would lead to instant closure of any defaulting school.

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