Report any school demanding medical fitness – KDSG tells parents

The Kaduna State Government has told parents to report any school that demands medical certificate of fitness from student as a requirement for resumption.

The State Commissioner for Education, Dr. Shehu Muhammad Makarfi, made the call on Monday during his visit to schools in Zaria to monitor their level of preparedness in compliance to covid-19 protocol as school gradually open for all the classes on 9th November, 2020.

The Commissioner decried that some private schools are asking children to come with medical certificate of fitness from hospitals, or go for the test on malaria and typhoid.

This, according to him, is unnecessary, and not part of what the Ministry of Education recommended.

“Let me use this opportunity to also de-emphasize what some private schools are doing, particularly in Zaria. They are requesting children to come with medical certificate of fitness from hospitals, or go for the test on malaria and typhoid. That is unnecessary. We are not recommending it,” said the Commissioner.

He warned private school proprietors who are making such request to desist from doing that, and if not, necessary action will be taken against them by the Ministry.

The Commissioner asked parents to report any school that fails to desist from such actions.

“We employ school proprietors to desist from doing that. Where they insist on doing that, we want parents to report to the nearest education office for us to take necessary actions against the schools,” he said.

The Commissioner, who spoke earlier at the Zaria Zonal Office of the Ministry, told the Education Officers and Principals that the Ministry of Education has reviewed the requirements for school reopening.

He said hand sanitizers are no longer requirements for students to bring to the school, instead, emphasis is laid more on hand washing.

He said: “Because of the burden and the stress on hand sanitizers, we have reviewed and found out that within a short period of time, the price has skyrocketed. So we decided to reduce the burden by encouraging more of hand washing. Once you make it a practice to wash your hands all the time, it reduces whatever problems we are envisaging.”

The Commissioner added that sewing of facemasks and uniform by the government has been decentralized, noting that principals will now shoulder that responsibilities.

“We have decentralized the issue of sewing of facemasks and uniform. They are now back to the principals. This is because of the numerous challenges I have seen in the ministry, and we cannot continue to shoulder that,” said the Commissioner.

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