JUST IN: Kwara reopens school shut over hijab crisis

The Kwara State government has directed the reopening of Oyun Baptist High, Ijagbo.

The government closed the school over three months ago after a bloody hijab controversy.

In a statement, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Mrs. Mary K Adeosun said the ministry “wishes to announce the reopening of the Oyun Baptist High School Ijagbo from Friday June 3, 2022.

“Consequently, all teachers and students are directed to return to their classrooms while the government white paper committee continues the efforts to address pending issues related to the recent disturbance in the public school.

“Similarly, the ministry restates government’s position that any Muslim schoolgirl who desires to wear the hijab is allowed to do so in all public schools, including in Oyun Baptist High School Ijagbo, which is owned by the state government and run with public resources.

“The mnistry’s decision to reopen the school is one of the government’s multi-prongrd approaches to return normalcy to the school.

“All stakeholders in the area are urged to give peace a chance and to respect the law.

“The government will not hesitate to shut the school again, among other things, if anything threatens the safety of the little children.

“The ministry welcomes all our students back to school, and urges them to maximise their time in the classrooms, while relevant authorities also help them to fill any gaps.”

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