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COVID-19: Niger di­rects al­ter­na­tive model for pop­u­lated schools

- Nigeria News · Education · Niger · Nigeria · Minna · News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)

The Niger state Com­mis­sioner of Ed­u­ca­tion, Ha­jiya Han­natu Sal­ihu, has di­rected the in­tro­duc­tion of al­ter­na­tive model for schools with high pop­u­la­tion in ad­her­ence to the COVID-19 guide­lines.

She gave the di­rec­tives dur­ing a mon­i­tor­ing ex­er­cise to pub­lic and pri­vate se­condary schools in Minna on Wed­nes­day.

Sal­ihu said that an ad­di­tional model would be in­tro­duced where ju­nior classes would hold three days morn­ing and af­ter­noon in a week and three days morn­ing and af­ter­noon class for se­nior stu­dents re­spec­tively.

The News Agency of Nige­ria (NAN) re­calls that the state gov­ern­ment had on Oct. 6 re­opened ba­sic and post-ba­sic classes of pub­lic and pri­vate in­sti­tu­tions for third term of the 2019/2020 aca­demic ses­sion.

She ex­plained that the schools were ini­tially us­ing plat­inum mod­els such as morn­ing and af­ter­noon classes for ju­nior and se­nior stu­dents.

“Most pub­lic schools are pop­u­lated that is why we will im­me­di­ately in­tro­duce al­ter­na­tive model for them so as to de­con­gest their classes.

“Once that is done, any school that did not ad­here to the guide­lines will be pan­elised, the ini­tial model is no longer fea­si­ble as most schools in the ur­ban ar­eas are pop­u­lated,” she said.

The com­mis­sioner noted that the al­ter­na­tive model would help schools com­ply with the COVID-19 guide­lines of so­cial dis­tanc­ing ef­fec­tively.

NAN re­ports that the com­mis­sioner was ac­com­pa­nied by the Min­istry‘s Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Mr Abubakar Aliyu, Chair­man of the state Univer­sal Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion, Dr Isah Adamu and the state Chair­man, Com­mit­tee on School re­open­ing, Dr Mustapha Lemu. (NAN)

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