Secondary schools in Kaduna to reopen on February 1, academic activities to run on shift bases

The state government arrived at the decision, after extensive appraisal of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Kaduna State Government has directed public and private secondary schools, across the state, to reopen for academic activities on Feb. 1, according to Mrs Phoebe Yayi, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education.

Yayi, who conveyed the directive in a statement, made available to journalists, on Friday, in Kaduna, however, said that only Junior Secondary School 1 (JSS 1), JSS 3 and Senior Secondary School 3 (SS 3) were to open.

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.

She added that the government also approved primary 4, 5 and 6, in private schools to reopen, while all public primary and nursery schools would remain closed.

The permanent secretary said that a resumption date for JSS 2, SS 1 and SS 2, would be communicated in due course, subject to such schools’ compliance with the COVID-19 guidelines.

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She said that the government arrived at the decision, after extensive appraisal of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state and series of consultations with relevant stakeholders.

“In view of this, the ministry of education is directing all Principals and Head Teachers. to make necessary arrangements to receive Boarding and Day students of the above stated classes on Monday, Feb. 1.

“However, the State COVID-19 Task Force will continue to monitor all schools to ensure safe learning environments against the pandemic, in addition to strict adherence to the guidelines issued by the State Government.

“All administrators of public and private schools must comply with all COVID-19 Protocols. Any breach of the protocols will lead to the closure of the affected school, without any notice,” she said.

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