Hijab Crisis: Kwara Govt Reopens Oyun School Friday


The Kwara State Government through the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development has announced the reopening of Oyun Baptist High School, Ijagbo, on Friday, June 3.

This is contained in a statement issued and signed by Kemi Adeosun, the permanent secretary in the ministry, on Wednesday in Ilorin.

According to the statement, “Teachers and students are directed to return to their classrooms while the government white paper committee continues efforts to address issues related to the recent disturbance in the public school,”

The school was closed down in February 2022 over disagreement on the use of hijab on the school premises.

The statement reiterated the government’s position that any Muslim schoolgirl who desires to wear the hijab should be allowed in all public schools.

“This includes Oyun Baptist High School, Ijagbo, which is grant-aided by the state government.

“The Ministry’s decision to reopen the school is one of the government’s multi-prong 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 stated.

The statement further noted that the government would not hesitate to shut the school again “if anything threatens the safety of the little children.”

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