Anambra State Government has adjusted its official school days.
Official school days in the state is now between Tuesdays and Saturdays instead of the normal Mondays to Fridays.
Although no reason was given for the change, News Express reports that it may not be unconnected with the disruption of educational and other activities in the South East as a result of the Mondays’ sit-at-home order announced by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to press home the demand for the unconditional release of its detained leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
Though IPOB has suspended the sit-at-home order, it has continued to be enforced by unknown gunmen believed to be sympathetic to the separatist group.
In Anambra, Saturday classes will commence on October 30, 2021.
A statement by the Anambra State Universal Education Board, titled,’ Anambra State Government approves Saturday as school day,’ addressed to all the Head Masters of primary schools in the state, read: “I am directed by the Executive Secretary to inform you that the Anambra State Government has approved Saturdays as school days in place of Mondays. All HMs are to notify teachers, pupils as well as parents about the new development. Quality Assurance supervision and every other supervisions henceforth will hold on Saturdays. Every permission for absent from classes on Saturdays must be addressed to the Executive Chairman ASUBBEB through the Executive Secretary following due process. Saturday classes will commence on 30/10/21 ie next week.”
Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Don Adinuba, told News Express on Sunday that the measure is to enable “our pupils to learn as much as possible in a safe environment.”
The development comes as IPOB threatens to shut down the South East for one week from November 5, if Kanu is not released unconditionally by November 4. The threat, if successfully carried out, would effectively make the November 6 governorship election in Anambra impossible.