The Niger State Ministry of Education has said it will reopen schools in phases from Monday, March 29, 2021.
Hannatu Jibril Salihu, Commissioner of Education, said low-risk boarding secondary schools in rural areas are to run as day schools while high-risk schools remain closed. She said the decisions to improve the security of the schools were reached after a two-week closure of the schools in the state to conduct a risk assessment.
“All public day secondary schools are to reopen today, March 29, 2021, all boarding secondary schools in urban areas are to reopen on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.
‘‘Public day secondary schools in areas of high risk that would run in clusters with selected safe schools in nearby communities would reopen on a later date to be announced after adequate arrangements are concluded,” she said in a statement.
“Students from other communities in the boarding schools that would operate as day schools would be moved to other boarding/day secondary schools in their localities”.
She disclosed that all principals have been provided with specific details in respect of the arrangements as they are expected to work in collaboration with their zonal directors to ensure compliance in light of the demands of current security realities.
She added that all schools would be provided with adequate security meant to enhance the capacity of the school system and security personnel to respond to threats.