Commissioners applauds FG, backs decision against school reopening

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The Commissioners of Education in the 19 Northern States have applauded the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, for taking a decisive stand against school reopening as they pledged their full support following the spike in cases of COVID-19.

In a virtual meeting on Saturday, attended by commissioners of 13 of the 19 northern states namely, Kaduna, Bauchi, Gombe, Niger, Nasarawa, Adamawa, Taraba, Kogi, Kwara, Katsina, Kano, Borno and Jigawa.

According to them, keeping schools closed considering the spike in cases of COVID019 across the country is a sure step in ensuring that children remain safe. “We have, therefore, resolved that schools should be reopened only when it is safe to do so and when states have complied with the minimum COVID-19 safety protocols as outlined by the NCDC.

“We will also participate in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination and other examinations only when it is safe to reopen schools and when coordinated by the Federal Ministry of Education,” they said.

The commissioners also resolved to carry out holistic assessment of schools to determine safety status for reopening and submit reports to their respective governors for consideration.

They also urged their respective states to take steps to provide critical facilities required for reopening of schools as specified by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

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