The Nasarawa State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Hajiya Fati Sabo says on Thursday that there is no date for school reopening yet for graduating classes in the state amidst COVID-19.
Sabo made this known when she led other management staff of the budget performance before the state House of Assembly Committee on Education, Science and Technology in Lafia.
She said that the state government is still working hard in creating a safe environment toward schools reopening in the state.
According to her, as we are all aware that the Federal government is working on the modalities for school reopening.
“One of the modality is to first make the school environment safe for our students, teachers and parents due to COVID-19 pandemic.
” For now, there is no particular date yet for school reopening in the state.
” We are urging principals, students, parents and other stakeholders to take note until official pronouncement on school reopening is made.
” There are lots of things that needs to be done before school reopening which include sensitization of students, teachers and parents on COVID-19 protocols.
” Training of our staff and provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) among others in order to make our students remain safe due to COVID-19 ” he said.
Sabo has also assured of her readiness to be up and doing in ensuring that right things are done for improved standard of education in the state.
She commended the committee for supporting the activities of the ministry and called for its sustenance.
Responding, Hon. Daniel Oga Ogazi, the Chairman, House Committee on Education, Science and Technology said that they have decided to invite the ministry in order to assess the ministry’s 2020 budget performance.
Ogazi urged the ministry to ensure merit in posting of head teachers and principals for the overall development of the education sector.
He also urged the management of the ministry to hasten the full payment of salary to the newly engaged teachers in the state, adding that continued payment of stipend to them is not advisable as they are now full workers.
He has commended the commissioner and her management for being up and doing in improving on the standard of education in the state.
The Chairman assured of the committee’s readiness to support the ministry to succeed and for the overall development of the education sector and the state at large.