From Shuaibu Zubair Tatu, Birnin Kebbi
The Kebbi State government has proposed to reopen schools on September 21, 2020.
The Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Schools Education, Alhaji Muhammad Magawata Aleiro, disclosed this during distribution of COVID-19 preventive items at SUBEB office, Birnin Kebbi, on Wednesday.
He, however, said the reopening date still remained a suggestion until approved in relevant quarters.
‘’Here in Kebbi, we are proposing 21 September for the reopening of the schools if it is okay, by you all. Many states have forwarded their proposals.
Aliero stated that Kebbi State Government has commenced the distribution of sanitizers, face masks and other preventive items of COVID-19 to 2,008 schools in the state ahead of the proposed reopening of schools on September 21.
He stated that the COVID-19 preventive items would be distributed to 1,901 primary schools and 107 secondary schools.
The commissioner commended Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu for ensuring education and other sectors continue their activities without halting the sectors in the State, stressed that the people of the state are grateful to him.
He stressed that the items would go a long way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The Acting Executive Secretary of Kebbi State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Hajia Fatimoh Abubakar Udulu, in her remarks, explained that the distribution of the items would go a long way to curtail the spread of the virus and ensure both teachers and pupils are protected.
Earlier, the Director Quality Assurance at the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education and Desk Officer of Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) Kebbi State, Alhaji Hassan Umar, said the agency had trained schools principals, headmasters and teachers on COVID-19 preventive measures.
Also speaking, Prof. Abubakar Abdullahi Bagudo, a Consultant and Coordinator for Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) appealed to the users of the items to utilise it judiciously.
He stressed that Kebbi State was lucky to have minimum cases of COVID-19 compared to others where several people have contracted the virus.
The AUTHORITY recalls that the state governor, His Excellency, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, had directed the closure of all schools in the state on 21 March 2020, to guard against the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.