Banditry: Katsina govt’ll open Day schools on Monday

Katsina State Government has announced reopening of day schools only, on Monday, January 25, 2021 and that affects both private and public schools across the state.

A Circular quoting the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Musa Abdu Dankama and made available to newsmen in Katsina, further stated that each school will only be allowed to resume their academic activities subject to the compulsory formation of School Security Committee comprising of eight members with members drawn from security personnel, traditional, religious leaders and other stakeholders.

He said: “The resumption of Primary and Day Secondary Schools is on 25th January 2021 and the resumption for each School activities is subject to the compulsory formation of School Security Committee which shall comprise: Parent Teachers Association Chairman (PTA), School-Based Management Committee (SBMC) Chairman with the School Management expected to provide the Secretary to the Committee.”

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”The Security Committee of each school must be inaugurated before the resumption date,” he stated.

“The Security meeting must be held regularly and assessment of the School Security situation be made promptly and each school must ensure they forward the minutes of the meetings to their supervising Ministry, Departments and Agency.”

The Schools’ Principals and Head Teachers were further warned to ensure strict observation of extant COVID-19 protocols and compliance by both Staff and Students.

Tribune Online has observed that, boarding schools are exempted in the waiver due to inadequate security arrangements which will guard the students from bandits.

It would be recalled that in the early month of December 2020, some large of students were kidnapped from a secondary school in Kankara, and the bandits issued threats to attack more schools in the state.


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