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El-Rufai directs public schools to start 4-day workweek



El-Rufai directs public schools to start 4-day workweek

The Kaduna state government has ordered all public schools in the state to migrate to the four-day work week, as the schools will reopen on January 10 for the second term of the 2021/2022 academic session.

The Commissioner for Education, Halima Lawal, delivered the directives in Kaduna on Sunday in a notice of school resumption for the second semester of the 2021/2022 academic session.

The Nigerian News Agency recalls that on December 1, 2021, the Kaduna State Government began the transition to a four-day working week.

He said that all parents, guardians and the public should be aware that the state government approved January 10 as the resumption date for the second term of the 2021/2022 academic session.

“The Kaduna State Government wishes to inform parents, guardians and the public that the resumption date for the second period of the 2021/2022 academic session previously scheduled for Monday, January 10, 2021 remains unchanged.

“The Ministry of Education expects all principals and directors to receive boarding students on Sunday, January 9, and day students on Monday, January 10, 2022, respectively.

“The ministry also advises parents, guardians and students to comply with all public health guidelines by adopting all protective measures against COVID-19.

“In addition, administrators and owners of public and private schools and other learning centers, including Islamiyya and Madrasas, are encouraged to maintain established school-based safety committees to ensure the safety of students in schools,” He said.

The commissioner also urged school administrators and owners to adhere to the Safe School Learning Initiatives as outlined by the federal Ministry of Education.

He advised the members of the school safety committee to ensure that safety devices are properly monitored and that any threats to safety in their schools are promptly reported via the following numbers: 09034000060 or 08170189999.

Muyiwa Adekeye, a spokesman for Governor Nasir El-Rufai, had explained in a statement that the new measure would eventually affect the organized private sector in the state.

According to the statement, the measure is designed to help boost productivity, improve work-life balance and allow workers more time for their families, for rest and for farming.

Lawal explained that in view of the new development, the 2021/2022 academic calendar will be adjusted to ensure coverage of the curriculum for the academic session.


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