The Commissioner for Education in Kano State, Malam Muhammad Sanusi Kiru, has threatened to cancel third term of the current academic session if proprietors of private schools fail to reduce their school fees by a minimum of 25 percent before November 1.
In a statement signed by the Chief Public Relations Officer of the ministry, Aliyu Yusuf, the Commissioner emphasised that the Ministry would be left with no option than to cancel in totality the 3rd term of the 2019/2020 academic session should the proprietors and proprietresses of private schools across the state fail to adhere to the directive.
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He explained that the decision of the Ministry became necessary in consideration of the hard economic condition being experienced as a result of the lockdown occasioned by the menace of COVID-19.
He said that: “I set up two parallel Ad-hoc Committees to discuss with owners of private schools on the percentage of school fees they are to reduce as done in about four to five states or we cancel the third term totally so that the academic calendar will commence with a new session in January, 2021.
Proprietors of private schools should show sign of appreciation for the support they enjoyed from the state government and extend the same magnanimity to the people of Kano State.
The Commissioner assured the people of the State that if by 1st November, 2020, there is no positive response, the Ministry would be left with no option than to take such a revolutionary decision in public interest.
Recall that Kano state government had directed the reopening of private and public schools from October 11th after over six months of closure due to the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.
According to the resumption schedule, the first three weeks would be used for the conduct of second term examination and the third term 2019/2020 academic session commences immediately afterwards.