Kwara State Government has officially reopened the 10 mission schools closed since February due to the hijab crisis in the state. The students of those schools has been directed to go back to their classes to begin the third term academic session from 12th April, 2021.
This statement was released by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Human Capital, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, who said that while other schools exempted from the crisis should reopen 26th April, 2021, the 10 schools should reopen 2 weeks earlier in order to make up for the lost academic activities during the crisis.
The statement reads, “This is to inform parents/guardians and teachers that the 2020/2021 third term academic session for the 10 schools affected in the recent hijab debate starts on Monday, 12th April 2021.
“This is part of the government’s efforts to bring the students in these schools up to speed with whatever they may have missed when their schools were shut. This is especially necessary for students preparing for external examinations.”
Although primary and secondary schools in Kwara started their second term holiday break on the 25th of March, 2021, these 19 schools had been shut down since the 19th of February, 2021. This closure is due to the rejection of the Christian Missionaries who owns the school, to allow their students wear hijab.