May 20, 2024

The Adamawa state government on Monday, May 6, postponed resumption of schools for third term.

The government indicated that the decision was to prevent possible spread of measles which had affected two LGAs in recent days.

The schools which formally reopened on Monday were told to close till next Monday, May 13.

In a circular dated 6/5/2024, the state Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development said: “The resumption date of third term 2023/2024 academic session earlier scheduled to be 6th May, 2024 has been postponed to next week 13th May, 2024 due to outbreak of measles in some LGAs in the state.”

The ministry, in the circular signed by the Permanent Secretary, Aisha Umar, explained that the postponement of school resumption “is to mitigate the spread of the disease, and to enable the Primary Health Care Agency vaccinate the age group of the children that are vulnerable to the disease.”

The circular, addressed to the Acting Secretary, Post Primary Schools Management Board; Acting Executive Chairman, Adamawa State Universal Basic Education Board; and Chairman, National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, Adamawa State; specified that all public and private schools “are hereby directed to close down accordingly.”

Our correspondent recalls that the state Commissioner of Health, Felix Tangwame, had on Friday May 3 confirmed outbreak of measles in the two local governmemt areas of Gombi and Mubi North  that had resulted in 42 deaths.

 

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