Kaduna state government has approved Monday, 10th August 2020, as the resumption date for the Senior Secondary School (SS)3 students that are expected to begin West African Senior School Certificate Examination slated for 17th August 2020.
In a statement by the state Commissioner for Education, Dr Shehu Usman Mohammed says it is in compliance with the announcement of the Federal Ministry of Education, which advised students to resume from 4th August 2020.
According to the statement, the State Ministry of Education directed all principals to make arrangements to receive SS3 boarding students on 9th and day students on 10th August 2020.
It explained that, all Administrators of public and private schools to note that, the one-week period starting from 3rd August, was meant to allow them to prepare adequate and to put COVID-19 guidelines in place.
The statement noted that No school, whether public or private, allowed to open before the 10th of August, 2020, stressing that, Principals are also to ensure compliance to agreed guidelines.
“The guidelines which include reduced hours of work/revision to 4 hours per shift, strict social distancing both in the classes, laboratories, libraries and hostels, consistency of temperature monitoring and handling any suspected case of COVID 19 case to the health authorities, It said.”
The statement further explained that Private secondary schools were expected to report their readiness to the Kaduna State Schools’ Quality Assurance Authority, using an appropriate checklist and obtaining a written ‘’no objection to open’’ on clean bill of health.
“On the other hand, Heads of Higher institutions, principals of public schools are to report to the relevant department in the Ministry of Education.”
The statement further advised parents to ensure proper arrangements for safe transportation of their children to and from schools.
Dr Shehu stated that the state government was doing everything possible to decontaminate and disinfect public schools, including higher institutions, provide handwashing facilities, arrange for temperature monitoring of both staff and students, provide facemasks for staff and students in public institutions, as well as provide hand sanitizers.
It, however, advised parents to equip their children with extra facemasks and 100ml hand sanitizers for use during their trip to and from schools.
The statement revealed that, appropriate resumption dates for other examinations and for the rest of the classes, including the SS1, SS2 and JSS 1-3, as well as primary schools would be announced in due course.
The ministry encouraged schools to continue the e-learning education programme using the Google classrooms, radio and television stations and other online applications until full normalcy is returned to the academic environment.
It also commend all partners in the education sector, Non-Governmental Organizations, Parents Teachers Associations, Proprietors of private schools, old students associations and the press for their continued support and understanding.