Amid rising COVID-19 cases, government orders students back to school in Kaduna

Amid rising COVID-19 cases, government orders students back to school in Kaduna

- Students in Kaduna are now free to return to school after several weeks of staying at home following the recent spike in COVID-19 cases

- But it is not all students that are resuming school, according to the state's education ministry

- The Governor El-Rufai administration approved resumption only for some classes and also placed strict COVID-19 guidelines on schools reopening

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The Kaduna government has declared Monday, February 1 as resumption date for private and public secondary students in the state.

Daily Trust reports that this was confirmed by Phoebe Yayi, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, in a statement released on Friday, January 29.

Only Junior Secondary School 1 (JSS 1), JSS 3 and Senior Secondary School 3 (SS 3) were to resume.

The government also approved that primary four, five and six, in private schools can reopen.

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All other classes remain closed.

Yayi issued a note of warning to administrators of all schools that are reopening to adhere strictly to the guidelines to avoid being closed down indefinitely.

In a further bid to prevent a disastrous increase in cases of COVID-19 infections among students, the government directed that lessons should be done in shifts.

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Yayi said the first shift will be from 08:00 am to 12:00 noon while the second shift will be from 01:00 pm to 05:00 p.m.

She added that the class size must not be more than 20 students with 1.5m to 2.0m physical distancing.

Meanwhile, reported earlier that the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control has continued to record spikes in the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus across states in the country.

The agency announced in a tweet that the number of new infections for Friday, January 29, from 22 states, including the federal capital territory (FCT) was 1,114. A 7-month-high daily record of 27 deaths was also recorded.

Source: Legit

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