Kwara State government shuts down 10 schools indefinitely over hijab disagreement

The Kwara State government has shut down 10 grant-aided missionary schools due to the disagreement over the use of the hijab

The government had previously allowed the use of the Hijab and instructed the schools to reopen on Monday, March 8, 2021.

But some stakeholders disapproved of this instruction.

The Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church had sworn to never approve of any female student wearing a hijab.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, released a statement on Monday, instructing that the schools remain shut.

Thus, the government instructs the affected school children and teachers to remain at homes until further notice.

“The government remains committed to fairness, pluralism, and respect for the law and rights of every citizen at all times,” she said.

The 10 schools were shut temporarily on February 19, 2021, over the Hijab disagreement and a council was formed to look into the issue.

On February 26, the state government announced March 8 for the reopening of the schools, saying Hijab should be accepted as part of school uniform.

The affected schools are;

C&S College Sabo Oke,

St. Anthony Secondary School, Offa Road,

ECWA School, Oja Iya,

Surulere Baptist Secondary School,

Bishop Smith Secondary School, Agba Dam,

CAC Secondary School, Asa Dam road,

St. Barnabas Secondary School, Sabo Oke,

St. John School, Maraba,

St. Williams Secondary School, Taiwo Isale,

St. James Secondary School Maraba.