The Kwara State government has said the 10 grant-aided missionary schools in the state closed over the controversy of hijab as part of the school uniform will remain shut.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by Kemi Adeosun, the Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, on Monday.
The state government had on 19 February temporarily closed down the 10 schools over the hijab controversy in the state.
But the following the recommendation of the committee set up to examine the issue, the state government had in a statement signed by Professor Mamma Jibril, Secretary to the State Government, on 26 February announced the approval of the hijab in all public and grant-aided schools, as well as the reopening of the schools affected.
However, the Kwara State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) opposed the move, saying it will expose Christian students to terrorist attacks.
As a result of the continued dilemma, the state Ministry of Education has said the schools will remain shut till further notice.
The statement read: “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.”
The affected schools are C&S College, Sabo Oke; St. Anthony Secondary School, Offa Road; ECWA School, Oja Iya; Surulere Baptist Secondary School and Bishop Smith Secondary School, Agba Dam.
The others are 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.