The Executive Chairman of the Kwara State Teaching Service Commission, Bello Abubakar, has directed Principals, Teachers and Staff of the 10 schools which were recently shut down in the state to report to their duties at the schools tomorrow March 19, 2021.
According to a statement issued by the TESCOM Press Secretary, Amogbonjaye Peter, the Chairman explained that the teachers’ resumption became necessary in order to prepare the final year students for their external examinations.
The statement partly read, “Mallam Bello said any staff that failed to report to their duty would face the full wrath of the law as the government will not condone any act of insubordination.
“Alhaji Abubakar also warned all stakeholders against taken law into their hands, stressing that peace meeting continues between the government and the stakeholders.
“The Executive Chairman explained that the government regretted the inconveniences the shutdown might cause the students, saying that the action was taken in the interest of peace.
“He also appealed to parents and the members of the public to remain calm as the government is on top of the situation since its meeting with stakeholders is still ongoing.”
For nearly a month, the use of hijab in the grant-aided schools has generated controversy amongst members of two religious communities in the state— which later led to the closure of ten schools.
The affected Christian mission founded schools are 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.
Various mission owners in the state like Cherubim and Seraphim, ECWA, Baptist, and their parent body, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) said everyone is allowed to school in the school, but rejected the order saying that they would not allow the use of Hijab in their schools in the state.
They also called for the return of their schools to them, adding that, the order of the state government to allow the use of Hijab in the affected schools lacked proper consultations and they would resist the move in the state.
But, Muslim leaders insisted that students should be allowed to use the head covering, Hajib in accordance with their religion and Constitution.