Kwara Gov’t Shuts 10 Schools Indefinitely As Hijab Controversy Worsens
The Kwara State Government has shut 10 grant-aided missionary schools indefinitely as a result of the controversy over the use of Hijab.
The government had initially approved the use of Hijab and directed the schools to reopen on Monday, March 8, 2021.
The Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church had vowed not to allow the use of Hijab by female students in its schools.
In a statement on Monday, The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, directed the schools to remain shut.
“The government, therefore, directs school children and teachers in the affected schools to remain at home until the contrary is announced.
”The government remains committed to fairness, pluralism, and respect for the law and rights of every citizen at all times,” she said.
The 10 schools were shut temporarily on February 19, 2021, over the Hijab controversy and a committee was set up to look into the issue.
On February 26, the state government announced March 8 for the reopening of the schools, saying Hijab should be accepted as part of school uniform.
The affected schools are
C&S College Sabo Oke
St. Anthony Secondary School, Offa Road
ECWA School, Oja Iya
Surulere Baptist Secondary School
Bishop Smith Secondary School, Agba Dam
CAC Secondary School, Asa Dam road
St. Barnabas Secondary School, Sabo Oke
St. John School, Maraba
St. Williams Secondary School, Taiwo Isale
St. James Secondary School Maraba
Source: Daily Trust