Governor Abdullahi Ganduje-led government has vowed to sanction any school in the state caught holding online examination despite the closure of schools due to the outbreak of Coronavirus.
The Kano State Government stated this in a statement released by the Ministry of Education in the state.
The ministry also debunked the report that it was planning to reopen schools, describing the reports as fake.
The Kano State Government, however, noted that the ministry received proposed guidelines for school reopening from the Federal Ministry of Education which is undergoing 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.”
“It was in the course of the review of the documents that 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 Ministry further stated that online classes are permitted in the state but called on all private schools to desist from conducting assessment tests and examinations online.
It added, “Government has already suspended the second term academic activities, especially test and conduct of examinations.”
“A circular has been widely circulated to school operators to halt the conduct of student assessment and examination.”
“However, we reliably gathered that some schools operating within the state refused to adhere to the circular.”
“Some are conducting various forms of assessment of their students under the cover of the online classes to the extent of collecting 3rd term school fees from parents.”
“Some of these schools went as far as collecting huge amounts as the cost of data and the online classes.”
“This is a clear violation of the directive given by the Kano State Government.”
“It is to be noted that the ministry has compiled evidence of such violations of the directive and will soon invite owners of such schools for proper disciplinary. No one is above the law.”