Katsina Govt Orders Reopening Of Four Boarding Schools

A file photo of Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari.

 

Katsina State Government has directed the reopening of four boarding schools in the state with effect from Tuesday, March 2 2021.

The State Commissioner for Education, Professor Badamasi Lawal Charanchi, gave the directive on Sunday after his meeting with top officials in the Ministry including the Permanent Secretaries and the 12 zonal inspectors of education, among others.

This comes barely one month after day schools in the state resumed academic activities sequel to an indefinite vacation following the abduction of 344 students of Government Science Secondary school, Kankara by bandits on December 11 2020.

The Commissioner while clarifying that boarding students in the four command schools in the state are to resume fully on Tuesday noted that the schools were Government Secondary Command School, Faskari, Government Secondary Command school, Musawa, Government Girls Command school, Barkiya and Police Secondary School, Mani.

According to the Commissioner, male students in the remaining boarding schools are to report at any nearest secondary school to their places of abode to continue their studies while their female counterparts should await further instruction from government.

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He said: “All girls boarding secondary schools should hold on a little until security situation improves.”

“We want to see that schools reopen and the students back in classes to recover the lost grounds in the school curriculum. At the same time, we are not toying with their safety and we have the assurances of the support and cooperation of security operatives in this regard.

“We also seek for the prayers of our Emirs, religious leaders and other stakeholders to make Katsina safe ” Charanchi added.

The Commissioner further revealed that Katsina State had about 38 boarding schools.

Kano Govt. Shuts Down 10 Boarding Schools After Zamfara School Abduction

The Jangebe Government Girls Secondary School hostel in Zamfara State.

 

Following the Abduction of over 300 schoolgirls in neighbouring Zamfara State, Kano State has ordered the immediate closure of 10 boarding schools located at the outskirt of the state.

A statement signed on Friday by the state Commissioner of Education Muhammad Sunusi Kiru, said some of the affected schools are Mariana Sule Science College Gaya, Girls Secondary School Kachacko, among others.

“This decision is part of our resolve to protect our children from any unforeseen circumstances.”

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Meanwhile, Mr Kiru urged parents to bear with the state government over the painful decision, saying it is for the good of the children.

He said schools will resume once the security situation is brought under control.

Lagos Confirms Six COVID-19 Cases In Boarding School

A file photo of a healthcare worker holding a COVID-19 test kit.

 

Six positive cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in a secondary boarding school on the mainland, the Lagos State government said on Friday.

A member of the school’s staff was confirmed positive for COVID-19 on Monday, and contact tracing revealed that a student and four contacts of the staff member were infected with the disease.

According to the government, the staff member fell ill for a few days and received first aid at the school clinic before she later tested positive for COVID-19 at the Lagos State Biobank.

While the state’s COVID-19 Incident Command System, through the Emergency Operation Centre is investigating the incident, the government assures residents that the situation is completely under control.

It added that steps were being taken to contain the spread within the school and reduce exposure to the outside community.

“All parents are being contacted first through the PTA and a family zoom call is being arranged to further allay their fears.

“It is important to note that COVID-19 presents with very mild symptoms in children and teenagers, compared to other age groups.

“However, there is the risk of infected children transmitting the disease to adults who they interact with daily, and who may be at higher risk of severe disease and death,” the government said in a statement.

It noted that the school authorities, supported by the Lagos State Ministry of Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), and the Ministry of Education, were following the COVID-19 guidelines as set out by the government.

The government stated that students who test positive would be isolated in the premises and, if unwell, they would be admitted in one of the accredited isolation centres in Lagos.

It also appealed to the students not to go home to avoid infecting members of their families, stressing that a joint approach has been adopted to manage the outbreak in the school.

Most of the infected persons, according to the government, are predominantly asymptomatic while some have mild symptoms.

“Members of the Emergency Operation Center Lagos, NCDC and our counterparts in the Ministry of Education have been deployed in the school to provide strategic interventions and support. These include psychosocial support, infection prevention control, medical monitoring and risk communication experts to further enlighten affected people.

“COVID-19 is still very much with us and we must strive to prioritise the safety of all, including students and teachers, by adhering strictly to prevention protocols and guidelines issued by the government to prevent its spread,” the government said.

It asked residents to observe and practise the highest standards of personal and environmental hygiene to prevent the spread of the infection.