Katsina State government has clarified that, due to the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic, schools in the state will remain closed for now.
Prof. Badamasi Lawal Charanchi, the state Commissioner of Education disclosed this on Thursday while briefing members of the NUJ Correspondents’chapel on the achievements of his ministry in Katsina.
Charanchi also expressed delight that, of the 16,000 students that sat for the West African Examinations Council WAEC, non of them contracted the dreaded virus in the course of writing their examinations.
He however assured that, the state government is liasing with relevant stakeholders both at the state and national levels to ensure proper protocol before re-opening the schools.
“We are encouraged by the outcome of the recently concluded WAEC and the Junior Secondary schools examinations where no single student contracted the dreaded COVID-19 virus”.
The Commissioner therefore appealed to parents to show understanding with the situation, advising them, to take the responsibility of teaching their children at home.
On the performances of the SSCE examinations in the state, he said students academic performance has improved significantly from 18 to 68 percent.
According to him, between 2008-2014, of the 417,576 students that sat for the SSCE examinations only 79,044 representing 18 percent had five credits in any subject, while non of the students had five credits including Maths/English.
Charanchi added that, between 2015-2019, 216,832 students representing 68 percent of the 320,058 candidates that sat for the exams had five credits in any subject, while 138,612 representing 63 percent got five credits including Maths and English.
This performance, the Commissioner stated were attributed to the prompt payment of teachers salaries, welfare, promotions, infrastructural development and provision of instructional materials to improve the knowledge of children in schools across the state.
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