Following the rising cases of people affected with COVID-19 in Kaduna, the Ministry of Education has directed all schools in the state to close on Wednesday, December 16.
The ministry also directed that all examinations must be completed on or before Tuesday, December 15 [today], in all institutions of learning across the state.
A statement signed by the Commissioner of Education, Shehu Usman Muhammad, said the directive was to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and save the lives of people in the state.
The commissioner said while the infections cut across age groups, this new wave, especially, affects those between 10 and 35 years old who form a majority of the populace in the education sector.
“Therefore, all examinations must be concluded on or before, Tuesday, 15th December 2020 in all institutions of learning across the state.
“Physical classes in the universities and other institutions of higher learning will not be held during the period of closure.
“Institutions can make other arrangements for teaching and learning and other activities in line with their conformity and contingency plans.
“In order to minimise the impact on learning and teaching, all schools will continue to plan lessons or where possible, provide online resources for students or online lessons where schools are equipped to do so.
“However, learners in the basic, post-basic and secondary school levels can continue learning while at home through the Kaduna State TV and radio e-learning programmes.”
He added that while the state government continues exerting efforts to prevent the continued spread of the pandemic, the general public is urged to continuously comply with all COVID-19 protocols to avoid the likelihood of the worst-case scenarios of the disease in the state.
“All residents of the State are, therefore, encouraged to adopt the spirit of the FORWARD campaign which encourages everyone to adhere to the guidelines provided by authorities in the healthcare sector which include wearing face masks always, observing physical distancing, respiratory hygiene, washing hands with soap under running water or using hand sanitizers, avoiding large gatherings, remaining indoors when there is no need to be outdoors and dieting, eating balanced meals to boost immunity,” the statement read in part.
The commissioner said a new resumption date will be announced later.
The post Kaduna orders schools’ closure over COVID-19 resurgence appeared first on Healthwise.