Niger has picked January 25 as resumption date for 2020/2021 academic session in primary and secondary schools across the state.
Commissioner for Education, Hajiya Hanatu Jibrin, in a statement, explained the shift from January 18 to 25 is to enable all schools put necessary protective measures in place while parents, students and pupils make provisions to comply with COVID-19 protocols in full.
She noted the state has been monitoring national and local trends of the pandemic to guarantee safety of school managers, teachers and learners adding the state government is approaching the challenge of the pandemic with caution.
“While we are in tune with the January 18, 2021 date set for the resumption of schools across the country, we chose to be on the side of caution.
“Therefore, after consultation with different stakeholders, all Basic and Secondary Schools are to resume for classes on Sunday, January 24, 2021, for students in boarding schools and Monday, January 25, 2021, for students in day schools.
“The one week is to enable all schools to put the necessary protective measures in place while parents, students and pupils make provisions to comply with COVID-19 protocols in full,” the statement reads.
The Commissioner further said that upon resumption, all principals, teachers and students must ensure full compliance with COVID-19 protocols at all time.