The Kano State Government says it will not close down schools as a result of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje made this known during a stakeholder meeting with members of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) at Africa House, Government House, Kano, Friday.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, Governor Ganduje said the closure of schools could cause another tragedy in the society.
Ganduje urged parents to help teachers and the government in making sure that their children always comply with the protocols of COVID-19.
He, however, assured them of the government’s commitment to the free and compulsory primary and secondary education policy.
“The issue is not that of closing schools. When you close schools, it is another tragedy also. Because if you close schools with the intent that you take students away from COVID-19, the same pandemic is capable of following them into their respective homes.
“The closure of schools would take students and the system of education back again. It is because of this, that we exempted teachers from staying at home. Unlike other civil servants, whom we ordered must not come to work, but stay at home,” he said.
He warned that COVID-19 protocols must be complied with, saying “We must comply with all the protocols as provided by our able health workers. This is absolutely necessary.”