- Kano state has earmarked N3.2 billion for schools rehabilitation and construction of classrooms
- This is to ensure compliance with COVID-19 protocols when the schools resume
- The Kano state government plans to put necessary facilities in place to protect pupils and teachers against the COVID-19 pandemic
Ahead of the school resumption in Kano, the state government under the administration of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has earmarked N3.2bn for the rehabilitation and construction of classrooms in public schools across the state.
According to Daily Trust, Dr. Danlami Hayo, the executive chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), disclosed this at a one-day sensitisation workshop to prepare the 44 local government areas’ School-Based Management Committees (SBMCs) on the school reopening guidelines.
It was gathered that the move is meant to provide adequate classes for students to observe social distancing in line with the COVID-19 protocol when schools eventually resume.
In another report by Nigerian Tribune, Hayo hinted that without putting in necessary facilities to protect pupils and teachers against the further spread of the pandemic, Kano state government was not in a hurry to reopen schools.
He was quoted as saying: “The state government approved N3.2 billion for school rehabilitation, and why is it necessary to spend such huge amount of money?
He said before the introduction of the free and compulsory education programme, the pupils’ enrollment before was 1.5 million, however, after the implementation of the policy, the enrollment increased to 3.5 million, and now there is an outbreak of coronavirus."
This development is coming two days after Governor Ganduje's media aide, Salihu Tanko Yakasai, disclosed that the Kano state government will reopen schools once it gets clearance from the federal government.
Yakasai, also commonly known as Dawisu explained on Twitter that the Kano government was waiting for clearance from the federal government before it allows schools in the state to reopen.
According to the aide, the state government lacks the powers to permit schools to reopen without the approval of the federal government.
Yakasai made the explanation when a twitter user asked why Kano state with only 70 active COVID-19 cases was yet to reopen schools.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that as the cases of COVID-19 continue to decrease, the Ogun state government announced Monday, September 21, for the reopening of schools across the state.
The news was broken by Kunle Somorin, the chief press secretary to Governor Dapo Abiodun, via a thread of tweets.
The statement noted that the resumption and closing hours for primary and secondary schools would be staggered while colleges and tertiary institutions have full normal hours.
Somorin said that the early child care development and education classes - three to five years of age - would not be resuming in public schools until the next phase of schools’ reopening.
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