Kaduna State Government has directed all public and private schools to conclude all necessary arrangements and close on Wednesday, 16th December, 2020 due to rising cases of Covid-19 in the state.
In a statement by the State Commissioner for Education, Dr Shehu Usman Mohammed says all examinations must be concluded on or before Tuesday, 15th December, 2020 in all institutions of learning across the state.
According to the statement, Physical classes in the Universities and other Institutions of Higher Learning will not be held during the period of closure.
It said Institutions can make other arrangements for teaching and learning and other activities in line with their continuity and contingency plans.
“The Kaduna State Ministry of Education wishes to inform the general public, parents, guardians and students of the new date of schools’ closure due to the rising cases of Covid-19 infections in the state which show a replicate of figures recorded in the first wave of the pandemic in April, May and June 2020, indicating that a new wave of the infection is rapidly spreading across the state”
“The State’s Ministry of Health has further confirmed that, while the infections cut across age groups, this new wave especially, affects those between 10 and 35 years (which form a majority of the populace in the education sector)”
The statement explains that, learners in the basic, post basic and secondary school levels can continue learning while at home from the Kaduna State TV and Radio e-Learning Programmes.
While the State Government continues exerting efforts to prevent the spread of the pandemic, the Commissioner urged residents to continuously comply with all COVID-19 Protocols to avoid the likelihood of the worst case scenarios of the disease in the State.
It however encouraged residents of the state to adopt the spirit of FORWARD Campaign which encourage everyone to adhere to the Guidelines provided by authorities in the healthcare sector, which include Wearing of facemasks always, Observing physical distancing, Respiratory hygiene and washing hand under running water.