By Adebisi Oyelere
Kwara State Government has directed immediate temporary closure of some grant-aided schools in Ilorin, the state capital, pending resolution of the hijaab question in the schools, a statement by the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development reveals.
The affected schools are Cherubim and Seraphim (C&S) College, Sabo Oke; ST. Anthony College, Offa Road; ECWA School, Oja Iya; Surulere Baptist Secondary School and Bishop Smith Secondary School, Agba Dam
Other schools affected are CAC Secondary School, Asa Dam; St. Barnabas Secondary School, Sabo Oke; St. John School, Maraba; St. Williams Secondary School, Taiwo Isale and St. James Secondary School Maraba.
The closure comes as a government committee comprising representatives of the Muslim and Christian communities meets today to iron out the differences between the two religious communities.
You will recall that the ban of the use of Hijab (veil) In some missionary secondary schools in Kwara state have dominated public discourse, with the lockout of some students wearing Hijab to school earlier today generating controversy and heated debates.
Government however calls for calm and urges parents and religious leaders to avoid actions or comments that may further split the two communities.