The Kwara State government has warned principals and teachers of schools hitherto closed down over the Hijab crisis to resume work on Friday, March 19 or risk sanctions in line with public service rules.
The warning comes as some of the schools are yet to commence academic activities despite government’s announcement of reopening Tuesday, March 16.
Muslim News had reported how the schools, numbering 10 all within the IIlorin metropolis were shut down over denial of Muslim students the use of Hijab.
This medium also reported how some church authorities caused blockade to the school, disallowing Muslim pupils on Hijab from entering the schools.
In a statement by the Press Secretary, Kwara State Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), Mr. Amogbonjaye Peter, principals and teachers of the 10 affected schools were directed to report for duty on Friday, March 19 by 8am unfailingly.
Chairman of the Commission, Mallam Bello Tahueed Abubakar explained that the teachers’ resumption becomes necessary in order to prepare the final year students for their external examinations.
According to him, “Any staff that fails to report to their duty would face the full wrath of the law as the government will not condone any act of insurbodination.”
The Chairman, meanwhile, appealed to stakeholders to desist from taking the law into their hands, as peace meeting continues between the government and stakeholders.
The government said it regretted the inconveniences the shutdown might have caused the students, saying that the action was taken in the interest of peace.
He also appealed to parents and members of the public to remain calm as the government is on the top of the situation.
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