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Hijab crisis: 10 Mission schools reopen in Kwara

The Kwara State Government has announced that 10 schools involved in a recent hijab crisis will resume on Monday (today).

This was disclosed in a statement by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Kemi Adeosun, on Sunday.

The state government shut down the 10 grant-aided missionary schools involved in the controversy on February 19 for security reasons.

Adeosun’s statement reads in part:

“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.

“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.”

She added:

“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 April 26, 2021, as had earlier been communicated.”

According to Adeosun, teachers and other staff of the affected schools should resume duty and commence classes immediately.

She, however, noted that the monitoring and inspection team of the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development would go round to ensure compliance.

The 10 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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