Kwara government has announced that the 10 schools involved in a recent hijab controversy in the state would resume their third term academic session on Monday, April 12.

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According to NAN, a statement from Kemi Adeosun, permanent secretary, ministry of education and human capital development, on Sunday, said the decision was to bring students in the schools to meet up for the period when their schools were shut.

”This is to inform parents/guardians and teachers that the 2020/2021 third term academic session for the 10 schools affected in the recent hijab debate starts on Monday, April 12,” the statement read.

”This is part of the government’s efforts to bring the students in these schools up to speed in whatever they may have missed when their schools were shut.

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”This is especially necessary for students preparing for external examinations.

”The resumption date for other schools not affected by the brief closure of schools is Monday 26th, 2021, as had earlier been communicated.”

In the past few weeks, the state has been embroiled in controversy over the use of hijab in public schools, especially those that are referred to as grant-aided missionary schools.

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On February 19, the state government ordered the closure of the affected schools over the dispute on the use of hijab by Muslim female students.

The controversy degenerated into violence on March 17 in Ilorin, where Christians and Muslims engaged in a confrontation following the decision of the state government to reopen the schools earlier closed.

Speaking further, the permanent secretary directed all the teachers and staff of the affected schools to resume duty and commence classes immediately.

She noted that the monitoring and inspection team of the ministry of education and human capital development would be going round to ascertain compliance.

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The affected schools are C&S College Sabo-Oke, St. Anthony’s Secondary school, Offa Road, ECWA School, Oja Iya, Surulere Baptist Secondary School, and Bishop Smith Secondary School, Agba Dam.

Others are CAC Secondary School Asa Dam road, St. Barnabas Secondary School Sabo-Oke, St. John School Maraba, St. Williams Secondary School Taiwo Isale, and St. James Secondary School Maraba.



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