By MUHAMMAD IBRAHIM
The Kaduna State Government has approved the resumption of SS3, JSS3 and JSS1 across the state for both public and private schools, Monday, 1st February, 2021.
This is coming after an extensive appraisal of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in the State and a series of consultations with relevant stakeholders of both State and Federal Health and Education sectors within and across the State.
This was contained in a statement signed and made available to news men on Thursday, 29th January 2021 by Phoebe Sukai Yayi, permanent secretary, ministry of education, Kaduna state.
“Government has also approved Primary 6, 5 and 4 of Private Schools only, to resume on the same day. All public Primary Schools remain closed until all the Covid-19 protocols have been properly put in place before they will be opened,” the statement reads.
In view of this, the Kaduna State Ministry of Education is directing all Principals and Head Teachers to arrange to receive Boarding and Day students of the above stated classes on Monday, 1st February 2021.”
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. Thus, all Administrators of public and private schools are to note that, they must comply with all COVID-19 Protocols (Temperature checks at school entrance, compulsory wearing of facemasks, regular hand washing/use of sanitizer and all COVID-19 guidelines as directed by the COVID-19 Taskforce as well as those contained in the State FORWARD Campaign). Any violation in complying with these protocols may lead to the closure of the affected school without any notice.”
Moreover, the schools will operate on shift inorder to observe social distancing and other covid-19 protocols in schools.
“Schools will be on shift to enable them meet with these guidelines as the first shift will run from 08:00am – 12:00noon while the second shift will be from 01:00pm – 05:00pm. The class size should not exceed 20 students per normal class with 1.5m to 2.0m physical distancing, schools must also have COVID-19 Committee which will comprise of the SBMC, PTA, Community representative, Health personnel, Students and Teachers representatives to monitor and ensure compliance. Parents are also advised to provide their children/wards with facemasks and other sanitary items to help in curtailing the spread of the virus.”
The State Government has again called on all Schools to voluntarily comply and take personal responsibility for their own health and abide by the simple preventive measures as it is the right and safe thing to do.
“While the Ministry is assuring the public of continuing the e-learning program using Google classrooms, radio and television stations and other online applications, Administrators of public and private schools are encouraged to adopt blended learning system.”
She further said that resumption dates for the rest of the classes (SS2, SS1 and JS2 in public and private schools and primary 3, 2, 1 and Nursery classes) will be announced in due course, subject to school’s compliance with guidelines in place.
“The Ministry appreciates the cooperation of all stakeholders in the education sector for their continued support and understanding and invites all of them to join its various monitoring teams in ensuring safe learning environment for our children.
This directive also covers all Islamiya and Qur’anic Schools in the State, please.”