By Mumini AbdulKareem
Proprietors of Model Islamic schools in Kwara state, last week expressed their readiness to reopen their schools.
They explained that the schools are safe to reopen, adding that the experiment about reopening of schools that has inadvertently taken place with partial reopening of schools for certificate examinations “have shown that fears about school reopening are exaggerated.”
Addressing newsmen in Ilorin, Kwara state, the spokesman of the Association of Model Islamic Schools (AMIS)in the state,Prof. Abdulrazaq Oniye, said ” it will be catastrophic for the state if schools do not reopen as soon as possible.”
Expressing the readiness of the proprietors of Islamic Model Schools to observe COVID-19 safety protocols in their schools, Oniye requested the state government to reopen schools in the state by September 21,2020.
He said this is necessary so that the third term of the 2019/2020 academic session will not be skipped.
“Experts have told us that we should prepare to live with COVID-19 for at least two years. It’s unthinkable that schools in Kwara state will remain shut for that long. So, the smart option is to think of how schools will operate in the state despite COVID-19.
“It does not appear that government is thinking of reopening schools for now and for the foreseeable future. AMIS has not been consulted as a stakeholder in education on the reopening of schools and we ought to.
“We are strongly of the opinion that school curriculum should not be abridged when reopening them. Such curriculum abridgement happened in the past with disastrous consequences. This is partly responsible for the perceived decline in education standard. When curriculum is abridged, some foundation topics are not taught in each subject and the topics based on them are not understood when taught by students.
“For this reason, we strongly advise that the government should not toy with the idea of skipping the third term of the 2019/2020 academic session or promoting students to the next class without writing examinations,”Oniye stated.
He, however, commended the state governor, Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq for the bold steps taken so far in addressing the challenges facing the education sector in the state.
By Mumini AbdulKareem