By M. Peter – Jos

The Plateau state government has announced the closure of all schools, (public and private) operating in the state on or before Saturday March 21, 2020.

Some of the schools were writing the second term’s examination while others were to start the examination on Monday next week as government had directed that schools should vacate on the 27th of the month.

However, the abrupt decision to close schools was taken in order to discourage the possible spread of the dreaded Coronavirus among residents in the state.

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The Secretary to the Government of Plateau State, Professor Danladi Atu who signed the statement containing the directive, said the decision was unavoidable due to the continuous spread of the disease.

He noted “the decision became unavoidable because of the world spread of COVID-19. It is therefore imperative for government to adopt this and other measures to safeguard lives. The good people of Plateau State are further encouraged to ensure the highest level of personal hygiene.”

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Our Correspondent’s check revealed that schools have complied with the directive as school activities ended on Friday and students told to continue with their examination once there is another directive for them to open.