The government in Kwara state on Friday directed an immediate, but temporary closure of some missionary schools in Ilorin over their refusal to allow female students to wear the hijab.
Mrs Kemi Adeosun, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, said in a statement that affected schools are the Cherubim and Seraphim (C&S) College, Sabo Oke and St. Anthony College, Offa Road.
Others are the ECWA School, Oja Iya, Surulere Baptist Secondary School, and Bishop Smith Secondary School, Agba Dam.
Also affected are the 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.
All the schools that were closed operate with some aid fund from the Kwara state government.
“’ The closure comes as a government committee comprising representatives of the Muslim and Christian communities meets on Friday to iron out the differences between the two religious communities.
“Government calls for calm and urges parents and religious leaders to avoid actions or comments that may further split the two communities,’’ Adeosun stated.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the ban on the use of Hijab in some missionary secondary schools in Kwara has dominated public discourse in the state lately.
With the lockout of some students wearing Hijab in affected schools, the discourse has been generating controversies and heated debates.