The Kwara State Government has directed the 10 mission schools in a face-off with the state over the hijab controversy to resume academic activities for the third term session from today, Monday, April 12.
This was contained in a statement issued by Mrs Kemi Adeosun, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, on Sunday.
According to Adeosun, the 10 affected schools should end the ongoing vacation to cover the academic activities lost during the period of the crisis.
She added that other schools not involved in the crisis would reopen on Monday, April 26, 2021.
All primary and secondary schools in the state started the second term holiday on Thursday, March 25, 2021.
The statement partly read: “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.”
The state government had on February 19, 2021, shut down 10 schools in the state as a result of the refusal of the school owners, who are Christian missionaries, to allow the wearing of hijab in their schools.
It led to legal tussle, religious disharmony between parents and teachers of both the Christians and the Muslims as well as clashes in some of the affected schools.
The affected schools are Cherubim and Seraphim College Sabo Oke, St. Anthony College, Offa Road, ECWA School, Oja Iya, Surulere Baptist Secondary School and Bishop Smith Secondary School, Agba Dam.
Others include CAC Secondary School Asa Dam, St. Barnabas Secondary School Sabo Oke, St. John School Maraba, and St. Williams Secondary School Taiwo Isale, St. James Secondary School Maraba, all in Ilorin, the state capital.