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The Kano State Government has vowed to clamp down on schools holding online examinations despite the closure of learning institutions occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic.The government, in a statement by the state Education Ministry, also dismissed reports that it was considering the reopening of schools, describing it as “fake”.It, however, said the ministry received proposed guidelines for school reopening from the Federal Ministry of Education for review.

Kano State, like other states, received a document from the Federal Ministry of Education containing proposed guidelines to be put in place whenever it is appropriate to re-open schools. The government was asked to review the document and give our input.“The Ministry of Education constituted an Ad-hoc Committee to undertake the assignment. Its input will be transmitted back to the Federal Education Ministry,” the statement partly read.The ministry stressed that online classes are encouraged in the state but directed all private schools to desist from conducting assessment tests and examinations online.

It explained, “Government has already suspended the second term academic activities, especially test and conduct of examinations.

“A circular has been sent to school operators to halt the conduct of students’ assessments and examinations.

“However, we reliably gathered that some schools operating within the state refused to adhere to the circular. Some are conducting various forms of assessment to the extent of collecting 3rd term school fees from parents and went as far as collecting huge amounts as cost of data. This is a clear violation of the directive given by the Kano State Government.

“It is to be noted that the ministry has compiled list of violators and will soon invite owners of such schools for proper disciplinary. No one is above the law.”

Source:PUNCH


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