Niger State weighing carefully the risks of schools resumption.

Tunde Bolaji – Minna

Niger State Government is still weighing carefully, the risks of schools resumption because it want to put in place post COVID-19 school reopening plans and strategies based on existing situations to ensure maximum caution.

The Commissioner of Educational, Hajiya Hannatu Jibrin Salihu, made the position of the government known at COVID-19 Response Inter- Sectoral Stakeholders meeting, held at Justice Legbo Kutigi Hall, Minna, the state capital.

She added that the post COVID-19 response has multiple inter connected dimensions, stressing that, “in the light of this, the state Ministry of Education recognises the continuously appreciates the front line role of inter-agency synergies , collaborations and partnership in putting modalities for creating a safe teaching and learning environmentally in our educational institutions”.

She noted that given the scope of the educational impact of COVID- 19, the state Ministry of Education , responded swiftly with COVID-19 education contingency plan, with it’s robust conception and implementation that has impacted in a short term basis, in getting children aggressively back to learning through distance learning programmes in radio stations across the state.

According to her, “our radio educational programme focuses on remediations what children lost and kept them engaged while at home”.
She added that the state government was investing resources in distance education programme, while it was keeping close watch on post COVID-19 period.

The Commissioner, however stressed that the focus of the ministry, in the post COBID-19 was to maximise the potential of schools to provide facilities and support for quality learning and protection for their pupils and students .

Hajiya Hanmatu Jinrin Salihu, said, ” as schools are still closed, the Ministry of Education is monitoring and on daily basis, reviewing the COVID-19 situations in the state.”

“Just last week,a critical stakeholders meeting in Education sector and International Development Partners , especially UNICEF, assembled here( Hon. Justice Legbo Kutigi Hall) with strict compliance to the Presidential Committee in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Education guidelines on school re-opening.
The meeting interact and brainstorm on the modalities and processes to ensure adequate preparedness and readiness of schools for safe re-, opening and resumption of academic and other ancillary activities without placing the health, safety, and security of learners , teachers , education managers and practitioners in jeopardy”,

She thereby assured that on this note, said, “the ministry is looking forward to inter-agency collaboration partnership and experience sharing for reaching a great consensus and right decisions in the face of this daunting challenges bedeviling the state and Education Sector in particular.

“We will leverage on the experience of the inter- sectoral stakeholders expertise and network to move forward on meeting the federal government guidelines on school re-opening.

“At the end of this meeting , it is expected that we come up with strategies and work plan before we return our wards to school in line with the COVID-19 Task Force requirements “, concluded Hajiya Hannatu Jibrin Salihu.

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