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Chairman, Kano State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, Danlami Hayyo on Monday said the state will procure Personal Protective Equipments, PPEs to the tune of N70 million for primary schools as part of the preparation for safe re-opening of the schools.
The PPEs include buckets, hand washing liquid soap, hand sanitizer, and face masks among others.
Hayyo stated this while speaking with newsmen on the sidelines of a one-day meeting for stakeholders from the Northwest zone on the readiness for safe re-opening of schools organized by the United Nations Childen’s Fund, UNICEF with support from the donor for GEP 3, Foreign Commonwealth, and Development Office, FCDO held in Kano on Monday.
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The SUBEB Chairman hinted that the state is looking at the possibility of running classes in shifts for the pupils where it has congestion to comply with social distancing and avoid congestion pending the completion of the construction and rehabilitation of some schools with high congestion and that awarded to the tune of N3.2 billion.
He expressed optimism that very soon schools in the state will re-opening as the government is not leaving any stone unturned to ensure safe re-opening of the schools to safeguard the well being and safety of the school children.
According to him, “the state government has approved the sum of N70 million to purchase the Personal Protective Equipment, PPEs all in preparation for school re-opening. We have purchased buckets where the children will wash their hands, hand sanitizer, and even face masks to avert the spread of the disease. The amount also includes training for the staff of the schools to ensure compliance and safety of all.
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“On the other hand, government-approved to spend N3.2 billion for the construction and rehabilitation of schools to avoid the congestion of the classroom when they resume.
“We have sent contractors to the sites where we have high congestion and some of the work have reached 20%, 30% or 50%, and depending on the capacity of the contractors. And that’s why we engage contractors who can work within a short period of time and finish.
“Alternatively and pending when the works will be completed, we are possibly planning to the platoon, to avoid congestion. A situation where some pupils will come in the morning and others in the afternoon to ensure compliance with the social distancing and avoid congestion,” Hayyo however s

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FEC approves N2.9 billion for printing of examination papers

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The Federal Executive Council has approved N2.9 billion for the printing of examination materials.

Speaking with state house correspondents on Wednesday, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said the approval was granted at the council’s meeting which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Adamu who revealed that the printing contracts were awarded to a group of eight printers said the materials are meant for the Basic Education Certification Examination, the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination, and the National Common Entrance.

According to him, the council also approved N1.6 billion for the rehabilitation of different roads located in the satellite towns of the FCT.

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He said the council approved N900,294,304.75 to fix the roads in Gwagwalada Area Council while N719,407,086.38 was approved for the Kwali Area Council rural roads.

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The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has said it postponed the release of the just concluded West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) to next week due to curfew imposed in some parts of the country.

Recall that the council had said it will release the result within 45 days.

The head of public affairs of WAEC Nigeria, Demianus Ojijeogu, had confirmed this on September 14.

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But a tweet on WAEC’s official Twitter page on Thursday said the result will be released in the first week of November.

It tweeted, “WASSCE SC 2020 Results Release Date: Dear candidates, the Council had planned to release the results today in fulfillment of our Project 45 but due to the curfew imposed last week, it had to be postponed till next week.”

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