The Commissioners of Education in 19 Northern States, have backed the Federal Government’s decision to suspend school reopening.
They made this known in a communiqué issued in Kaduna on Saturday, following a virtual meeting where various issues were discussed. The communiqué was signed by the Commissioner of Education, Kaduna, Dr Shehu Makarfi, who is also the Chairman of the Northern States School Exchange Programme.
A total of 13 out of the 19 Commissioners attended.
They are: Kaduna, Bauchi, Gombe, Niger, Nasarawa, Adamawa, Taraba, Kogi, Kwara, Katsina, Kano, Borno and Jigawa. According to them, keeping classes shut down considering the spike in cases of COVID-19 across the country, is a good step in ensuring that children remain safe.
“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,” it read in part.
In another related development, Reno Omokri, a former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday lambasted President Muhammadu Buhari over the cancellation of the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE.
Omokri described the cancellation of WAEC as evil.
Recall that the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, had announced the indefinite postponement of the 2020 WAEC examination for Nigerian students.
Adamu had explained that it was better for students to lose an academic year than be exposed to the dangers of COVID-19.
However, Omokri wondered why the Federal Government cancelled an examination but did not cancel the forthcoming Edo State governorship election.