Khadija S Sulaiman
Amidst the persistent agitations for the Re-opening of schools, Kano State Government has made its position clear that it will not violate Federal Government’s guidelines of school re-opening.
Kano State Commissioner of Education, Malam Muhammad Sanusi Sa’id Kiru made the clarification while receiving the All Private & Voluntary Institutions Proprietors Association of Kano State on courtesy visit in his office.
A statement signed by Aliyu Yusuf, Chief Public Relations Officer, Ministry of Education, Kano state said “the issue of schools re-opening has been a topic of discussion at states and federal levels and we are doing everything possible for the safe re-opening of the schools in compliance with the federal government directives” Kiru explained.
He said the speculations going around that some schools in Northern Nigeria have stated re-opening schools was false, no any state from the north has directed for that, he added.
According to the statement, the Commissioner further explained that their forum of the 19 northern states Commissioners of Education are in constant contact and are always discussing ways forward on the re-opening issues.
Kiru however, stated that since the initial directives for the closure of the schools was from the Federal Government so also the directives for the re-opening should come from the Federal Government.
In the same vein Kano state government is doing all possible in ensuring the successful re-opening, but the state doesn’t want portrayed itself in a bad light that is why it is following the guidelines diligently, he added.
While appealing to the Proprietors, parents and other stakeholders to be more patient, he said that government is equally concerned on the issue.
He then appreciates the contributions of the private schools in the state, soliciting for the sustenance of the cordial relationship existing between the Proprietors and the ministry, revelling that the state government has agreed to support the teachers of the Private Schools with palliatives among other goodies.
In their responses, the Chairman, Association of Model Islamic Schools (AMIS) Kano, Engr. Bashir Adamu Aliyu, National President, AMIS, Malam Saleh Adamu Kwaru and National Vice President National, Association of Principals of Private Schools (NAPPS), Hajiya Maryam Magaji said that they were at the Commissioner’s office to report to him about the out come of their joint meeting for necessary actions.
They expressed satisfaction with the level of preparations by the ministry in ensuring that the schools are re-opened, explaining that the closure has created so many negative impacts in the society that needs to be addressed squarely, the statement concluded.