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Kwara Shuts 10 Schools In Ilorin Over Hijab Crisis

It has been reported that about 10 schools in Ilorin, Kwara State have been shut till further notice by the Kwara State Government, following hijab crisis in the schools. 

This was revealed in a statement signed by Mrs Kemi Adeosun, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development. 

According to the statement, the affected schools which are all located in Ilorin included C&S College Sabo Oke, ST. Anthony College, Offa Road, ECWA School, Oja Iya, Surulere Baptist Secondary School, Bishop Smith Secondary School, Agba Dam, CAC Secondary School Asa Dam road, St. Barnabas Secondary School Sabo Oke, St. John School Maraba, St. Williams Secondary School Taiwo Isale, and St. James Secondary School Maraba.

The statement read that:

“Government calls for calm and urges parents and religious leaders to avoid actions or comments that may further split the two communities”.

According to reports on Thursday, The Kwara State Government resolved the agitation for wearing of Hijab by Muslim female students, who are attending public schools owned by people of another faith, after a marathon meeting set up by an Independent Committee.

On Wednesday the Muslim stakeholders called on the State Government to prevail on former owners of public schools in the state to allow female Muslim students to wear hijab on their uniform.

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