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Schools in Kaduna to remain closed except KadPoly, Open University

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Oba Darasimi

Only Kaduna Polytechnic and the Kaduna branch of the National Open University will be allowed to resume tomorrow for academic activities, Kaduna State government announced on Sunday.

The permanent Secretary in the state  Ministry of Education, Mrs Phoebe Sukai Yayi, said in a statement that all schools in the state should remain closed apart from those owned by the federal government.

She said stakeholders in the state would meet on Monday to decide the exact date when schools will be opened.

“We 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 COVID- 19 but the situation is different in Kaduna State.

“But following the second wave of the virus, the  state now has an increase in the number of confirmed cases. We want to make it categorically clear that, Kaduna State government is yet to fix a date for resumption to schools.”

The statement pointed out that the government was still monitoring the situation and promised to make pronouncement regarding resumption in due course.

“Tomorrow, Monday, the Ministry of Education, would hold a stakeholders meeting, also the state ministry of health would brief on the COVID- 19 cases and take a position on how to advise the government.”

The Permanent Secretary said the only exception they have, for now, are the National Open University of Nigeria and Kaduna Polytechnic who have specifically requested for them to open for students to write semester examinations only.

The statement explained that the government had inspected the school premises, confirmed their preparedness and satisfied all the protocols put in place and given them the approval to open for exams only.

It requested that state or federal Institutions in Kaduna State, hold on their activities until the government comes up with a clear date for resumption.

It said, “For Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, we are yet to receive any communication from them, so as far as we know, ABU Zaria is still closed until we receive a directive from Kaduna State government.”

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