The Kaduna State Ministry of Education has shut down all public schools across the 23 Local Government Area of the state due to the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic.
The Commissioner of Education Shehu Makarfi who disclosed in a statement issued on Monday said the directive takes effect from Wednesday, December 16, 2020.
He said the ministry decided to shut down the schools due to the rising cases of COVID-19 infections in the state which show a replicate of figures recorded in the first wave of the pandemic in April, May and June 2020.
Makarfi explained that a new wave of the infection is rapidly spreading across the state, and cut across age groups of between 10 and 35 years.
The commissioner, who noted that the figure forms a majority of the populace in the education sector, stressed that physical classes in the universities and other institutions of higher learning in the state will not be held during the period of closure.
While directing that all examinations must be concluded on or before December 15 in all institutions of learning across the state asked higher Institutions to make other arrangements for teaching and learning activities in line with their continuity and contingency plans.
To minimize the impact on teaching and learning, Makarfi added that all schools will continue to plan lessons and where possible, provide online resources for students or online lessons where schools are equipped to do so.
He said learners in the basic, post-basic and secondary school levels can continue learning while at home from the Kaduna State TV and Radio e-Learning Programmes.
In another development, The Jigawa State government has announced the closure of public and private primary and secondary schools across the state.
It directed that the schools should be closed with immediate effect from Tuesday following the increasing cases of coronavirus in the country.
The acting Permanent Secretary at the State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Rabiu Adamu, made the announcement in a statement released to reporters in Dutse, the state capital.
He advised parents and guardians to prepare for the evacuation of their children and wards back home from Wednesday, especially those in boarding schools.
Amid the rising numbers of infections in Nigeria, the Jigawa State Task Force on COVID-19 said 14 new cases were reported from various parts of the state.
Of the new infections, 11 were said to be National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members serving in the state.
The closure of schools in Jigawa follows a similar decision taken by the Kaduna State government as part of measures to curb the spread of the virus in the north-western state.