His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has approved Monday, 10th August 2020, as the resumption date for the Senior Secondary School (SS)3 students that are expected to begin their West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) slated for 17th August 2020. This is in compliance with the announcement of the Federal Ministry of Education, which advised students to resume from 4th August. 2020. Therefore, the Kaduna State Ministry of Education is directing all principals to make arrangements to receive SS3 boarding students on 9th and day students on 10th August. 2020.
All Administrators of public and private schools are to note that. the one week period starting from today is meant to allow them necessary preparations and to put COVID-19 guidelines in place. No school, whether public or private is allowed to open before the 10th of August. 2020. Principals are also to ensure compliance with agreed 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.
Private secondary schools are 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. the other hand. On the order hand, Heads of higher institutions, Principals of public schools are to report to the relevant department in the Ministry of Education. Furthermore, parents are advised to ensure proper arrangements for sale transportation of their children to and from schools.
To make the school environments safe and conducive for academic activity. Government is doing everything possible to decontaminate/disinfect public schools Including higher institutions, provide hand washing 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. However, parents are also advised to equip their children with extra facemasks and 100ml hand sanitizers for use during their trip to and from schools.
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 will be announced in due course.
The Ministry is encouraging schools to continue the e-learning education programme using the Google classrooms, radio and television stations and other online applications untill full normalcy is returned to the academic environment. The Ministry is using this opportunity to commend all partners in the education sector, Non-Governmental organiuttions, Parents Teacher Associations, Proprietors of private schools, old students associations and the press for their continued support
Shehu Usman Muhammed, PhD