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Bauchi State To Reopen Schools Jan.18, Says Education Commissioner

                    Dr. Aliyu Tilde

The Bauchi state government says it would  reopen  its 4,816 schools on Jan. 18, for the 2020/2021 academic session, according to Aliyu Tilde, the state commissioner of education.

“We would  reopen the schools for first term, which was supposed to begin in September ” he said, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi, on Tuesday.

He said the previous lock down of schools,  as a result of the Covid-19  pandemic, had negatively affected the school calendar, hence government’s resolve to resume school at the earlier scheduled  date.

Tilde explained that the schools would strictly abide by the Covid-19 protocols of social distancing, wearing of face masks, sanitising hands and any other measure that would prevent the disease.

Any school found not adhering strictly to the Covid-19 protocols would be sanctioned appropriately, Tilde said, explaining that till date no single case of the disease had been recorded in the state’s schools.

The commissioner stressed that full academic activities would begin in earnest across the 4,600 primary and Junior Secondary schools, as well as the 216 Senior Secondary schools, across the 20 local government areas of the state on the stipulated date.

He called on parents and guardians to be ready for the Jan. 18 school resumption date, saying, ”we were supposed to resume school since the 4th of January this year, but we had to follow the federal government’s directive of January 18th”.

“We have since fumigated all our schools, including the four existing tertiary institutions, to guard against any eventuality ” he added.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the state government had recently introduced full implementation of ICT in all its schools, to match with  the emerging trends in education delivery.

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