Bauchi Govt Insists on 18th January Resumption Date for Schools

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Bauchi State Government has reiterated its earlier stand on 18th January school resumption date just as the Federal Government is reviewing the date for school resumption nationwide.

Commissioner for Education, Dr. Aliyu Tilde, said  schools would reopen on Monday 18, January irrespective of any review made by the Federal Government.

The Commissioner’s reaction came after the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu made an announcement yesterday at the Presidential Task Force briefing that the Federal Government was reviewing the Monday 18th January school resumption.

The Commissioner in a statement made available to our correspondent  said that why the State is insisting on the Monday resumption is that “To date, not a single case of Covid-19 infection is reported in our schools. Therefore, regardless of any review that may take place in some quarters, Bauchi State Ministry of Education is determined to reopen schools in the state on January 18th, unfailingly, as earlier decided by the State Executive Council.

“The 2020/2021 school calendar starts that day. Unless we stand resolute on our school plan for the year, the session will be mutilated by fear of Covid-19 as was 2019/2020,” Tilde said.

He urged  parents, teachers, students and other stakeholders to prepare for the year’s academic session.

He promised that the state would avoid COVID-19 by using its familiar protocol of face masks, social distance, sanitation and testing in schools “as it is elsewhere—not with further closures—except under a resoundingly imminent emergency.”

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