Stakeholders on education in Kaduna State have recommended 21st or 25th of January for the reopening of schools after they agreed to ensure observance of COVID-19 protocols.
The Acting Director Administration, Kaduna State Schools Quality Assurance Authority, Mr Yahaya Dauda stated this during a stakeholders meeting to deliberate on safe reopening of schools.
Mr Yahaya Dauda who served as the Secretary of the Committee constituted by the stakeholders during the meeting to recommend the date for schools reopening, said the Committee agreed that, the school reopening should be carried out in phases and shifts to avoid large gathering in classes and Schools premises.
According to him, the Committee also recommended for reopening of classes for SS3, JS3, JS1 students and primary four, five and six pupils while other should be consider in next batches.
Mr Dauda noted that, all the stakeholders have agreed to establish isolation centres especially in higher Institutions.
According to him, the committee advocated consistent used of face mask in schools, to ensure the culture of hand washing both in schools and at home, temperature monitoring devices, and also to ensure availability of hand washing points and enforcement of social distancing.
The Committee also recommended for the constitution of school taskforce of both lecturers and students within the school to ensure safety .
The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education, Mrs Phoebe Sukai Yayi said the Ministry would present the recommendations as quickly as possible to the State COVID-19 taskforce and government for approval.
Mrs Phoebe Yayi explained that, the two possible recommended dates to open the schools which are 21st or 25th of January would depend on how quickly it is approved.
The permanent Secretary also told the stakeholders that, monitoring of schools would be intensified.
Some of the representative of the higher Institutions in the state that attended the meeting said measures put in place by the school authorities on COVID-19 safety protocols would safe guard the students.