El-Rufai shuts Kaduna schools as COVID-19 cases spike

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The governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has ordered the closure of public and private schools in the state on Wednesday, December 16 as cases of coronavirus increase in the state.

The decision was contained in a statement by Shehu Muhammad, the state commissioner for Education.

“The Kaduna State Ministry of Education wishes to inform the general public, parents, guardians and students of the new date of schools’ closure due to rising cases of Covid-19 infections in the state, which show aa replicate of figures recorded in the first wave of the pandemic in April, May and June 2020, indicating that a new wave of the infection is rapidly spreading across the state.

“The State’s Ministry of Health has further confirmed that, while the infections cut across age groups, this new wave especially, affects those between 10 and 35 years (which form a majority of the populace in the education sector).

“Thus in this effort to contain the spread of the pandemic and save the lives of people in the state, the Kaduna State Government is directing all public and private schools to conclude all necessary arrangements and close on Wednesday, 16th December, 2020 as opposed to the initial closings.

“Therefore, all examinations must be conducted on or before Tuesday, 15th December, 20202 in all institutions of learning across the state,” the statement read in part.


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