The Katsina state administration has set Oct. 3, 2021 as the official reopening date for all public and private schools in the state, according to Malam Sani Danjuma, the state’s Ministry of Education’s spokesperson.
The state’s Commissioner of Education, Dr. Badamasi Lawal, was quoted in the statement, which was signed and issued to newsmen on Sunday in Katsina, as indicating that courses would resume on Monday, October 4 for both day and boarding pupils.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the schools were supposed to resume on September 13 but were postponed to allow for adjustments to the school schedule.
When contacted by NAN, the commissioner stated that the timetable change was made to allow the academic calendar to be aligned with that of other states.
He also stated that the resumption was for the completion of third-term academic activities for the 2020/2021 session, including in schools in security-challenged areas.
Lawal urged all schools in the state to strictly adhere to COVID-19 prevention measures, particularly the use of hand sanitizers, face masks, and social distancing.
The commissioner also assured parents and students that adequate security would be provided, stating that the state government would do everything possible to protect their lives.
Lawal also urged parents and the general public to continue to pray for the end of the state’s and others’ security challenges in the north. (NAN)