Niger State reopens schools October 4, gives directives

The eagerness of students in Niger state to resume schools has been tend to by the state government as it announced October 4 as resumption date for schools in the state.

This was announced by the State’s Commissioner for Education, Hajiya Hannatu Salihu, during a news conference in Minna on Monday where she said that all basic and post basic classes of private and public institutions across the state are to resume for third term of 2019/2020 academic session.

Salihu said that the decision to reopen schools was a result of a series of meetings with stakeholders and State Commissioners for Education, where resolutions were adopted.

She said that all teachers are to return to their respective schools from Sept. 29 to commence preparations for the reopening of schools.

The minister said that the reopening of school would be with exception to public boarding schools, where only SS2 would resume on the same day using the platooning model. She said that JSS1 and JSS2 are to attend morning classes while SS1 and SS2 would attend evening classes, adding that the 2020/2021 session would commence on Jan. 3, 2021.

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She added that pupils of primaries one to three in public schools would attend morning classes, while pupils in primary four to six would attend evening classes.

The minister, however, noted that all senior and junior secondary schools as well as private primary schools were to open and operate in line with COVID-19 protocol.

Speaking further, she clarified that all Tsangaya, Quranic Islamiyya, and faith-based schools would open and operate in line with COVID-19 protocol.

It’s the first time the school will open since closure in March after the federal Government’s directive at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, which was six months ago.

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