Authorities in Kaduna State have announced a new schedule for the reopening of secondary and primary schools across the state.
Commissioner of Education in the state, Shehu Makarfi, made the announcement in a statement on Thursday in Kaduna.
This comes two months after incessant attacks by bandits on communities forced the government to order the closure of schools.
Makarfi revealed that the resumption of schools would be in phases starting from Sunday, September 12.
He explained that the schools, rather than reopening for the third term, would resume the first term for the 2021/2022 academic calendar.
According to the commissioner, the state Ministry of Education has already worked out strategies towards ensuring the completion of the third term through online learning.
He, therefore, asked authorities in all public and private basic and post-basic schools to comply with the resumption calendar.
The activities of bandits in Kaduna have become worrisome recently, with schools not left out of the attacks during which many people have been abducted.
Despite the alarming trend, state authorities insisted that they were not considering negotiating with bandits as an option.
They have, however, taken some measures to arrest the situation, including the forced closure of primary and secondary schools.
On July 26, Governor Nasir El-Rufai announced the indefinite suspension of resumption of schools at a stakeholders’ meeting, citing aggressive military operation against bandits in most parts of the state.
He explained that the government was committed to protecting vulnerable children from being attacked by bandits who were feeling the superior firepower of the military.
The governor had also informed the meeting that the military had deployed more troops to Kaduna for the operation, and warned the residents to be vigilant of unknown faces in their midst.
While some schools have employed local vigilantes armed with local weapons, this has often proved ineffective against the heavily armed bandits.