The commissioners of education in 19 northern states in the country have backed the suspension of school reopening over the pandemic by the federal government.
The commissioners disclosed this in a communique issued in Kaduna state on Saturday, July 11, after a virtual meeting to consider school resumption and other issues to strengthen the education sector, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The commissioners of 13 of the 19 northern states namely were present at the meeting, the states that attended the meeting are as follows Kaduna, Bauchi, Gombe, Niger, Nasarawa, Adamawa, Taraba, Kogi, Kwara, Katsina, Kano, Borno and Jigawa The commissioners applauded the minister of education, Adamu Adamu, for taking a decisive stand against school reopening and pledged their full support.
However, conditions were given to merit the school resumption in the country, following the statements by the commissioners. Students can only participate in WASSCE when it is safe to reopen schools and when coordinated by the Federal Ministry of Education.
“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 a holistic assessment of schools to determine safety status for reopening and submit reports to their respective governors for consideration. “Schools’ infrastructure, such as dilapidated classrooms, students’ hostels, source of safe water, sanitary facilities, including handwashing equipment and security are critical and should be improved. “We will equally clear schools of bushes and grasses, as well as fumigate school’s surroundings to support learning and ensure safety when schools resume,” they said.