Governor AbdulRazaq Abdulrahman has banned religious groups and organizations from preaching in public schools across the state.
This was made known in a statement issued by the state commissioner for education and human capital development, Bisola Ahmed on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.
The commissioner said the decision was made to maintain peace and orderliness across the schools in the state.
She urged school officials to comply with the directives, adding that prayers should be said silently during the morning assembly session in the schools.
“It has come to the notice of the Kwara State Government that some religious organisations have been going to public schools in the state to preach during the morning Assembly,” the statement reads.
“The Ministry wants to say it categorically that no religious organisation is permitted to go to public schools for preaching or engage in any religious activities during morning Assembly.
“The Ministry, therefore, directs that prayers should be said silently on the morning assembly across public schools in the state.
“The government appeals to all school heads and other stakeholders to adhere strictly to this directive, which is to maintain peace and decorum in our schools.
“All Principals, Headteachers and Education Secretaries should take please note,” it said.
The commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye explained that the placement exams are necessary in order to ensure that lofty standards are not only maintained but set in public secondary schools in the state.