The Kwara State Government has shut down 10 public schools in the state over the ongoing hijab dispute in some schools.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Education in the state, the government took the decision for safety reasons.
The affected schools include; C&S College Sabo Oke, ST. Anthony College, 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, and St. James Secondary School Maraba
Kemi Adeosun, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry added that all schools scheduled to open on Monday 8th of March have been shut down for now.
“The Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development wishes to inform members of the public that the 10 government schools where the use of Hijab is disputed will remain shut until a later date.”
“The government, therefore, directs schoolchildren 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, ”
Ten grant-aided schools had already been shut down in February after Muslim and Christian leaders in the school failed to reach a compromise.
However, the state government, after several peace meetings granted the use of hijab in public schools and ordered that the closed schools should reopen on the 8th of March.
With this latest developments, it is unclear when the affected schools will be reopened.