The Kaduna State government has directed public schools in the state to adopt the 4-day working week arrangement immediately.
The directive was issued in a statement by the State Commissioner for Education, Halima Lawal.
According to her, the resumption date for schools in the state remains Monday, 10th January as parents are expected to comply while teachers and school leaders are to also be on ground to welcome the students back to school.
The Commissioner pointed out that the government is working out measures to ensure the school curriculum is not affected by the reduction in the number of school days, adding that the 2021/2022 academic calendar would be adjusted to reflect the adjustments.
Lawal reiterated that all COVID-19 guidelines are still in place and must be adhered to as the schools resume, noting that the safety of the students, teachers, and other school staff remains important to the government.
She also called on school management to ensure proper security arrangements are in place and report any strange observations to security agents immediately.
“Administrators and proprietors of public and private schools and other learning centres, including Islamiyya and Madrasas, are encouraged to sustain school-based security committees set up last term and to continue ensuring safety of students in schools,” she said.
It will be recalled that the Kaduna State government had last year announced that workers in the State will start running a Monday-Thursday working week as from December 1, 2021.
The special adviser to Governor Nasir El-Rufai on media and communication, Muyiwa Adekeye disclosed this in a statement on Monday.
He explained that the policy is based on lessons learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown and is targeted at boosting productivity while at the same time giving workers more bonding time with their families.
Adekeye further stated that the new four-day working week will be on a temporary basis as workers would be allowed to work from home on Fridays and will not involve public servants in schools and healthcare facilities for now.
The Governor’s media aide added that the private sector will be given adequate time to adjust and work out modalities for the new policy.
He added that the temporary structure will run until proper adjustments and legal frameworks are put in place for full transition.