Sit-at-home: Anambra, Enugu change school day from Monday to Saturday


By Favour Goodness

The governments of the neighbouring states of Anambra and Enugu have changed their school day from the normal Monday to Saturday.

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Though no reason was given for the change, it was learnt that it may not be unconnected with the disruption of educational and other activities in the South-East as a result of the “Ghost Monday” or compulsory sit-at-home announced by the separatist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The group was demanding for the unconditional release of its detained leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who is being tried by the Nigerian Government for alleged treason and six other purported offences.

Though IPOB later suspended the Monday sit-at-home, it has continued to be enforced by unknown gunmen believed to be sympathetic to its separatist agitation.

In Anambra, Saturday classes will commence on Oct. 30, 2021. A Memo in this regard sighted by News Express reads:


“I am directed by the E S 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 E S following due process. Saturday classes will commence on 30/10/21 ie next week.”

When Contacted, Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C Don Adinuba, confirmed it.

He said that the objective would enable the pupils to learn as much as possible in a safe environment.

He, however, said the a statement on the the matter going viral on social media was not signed.

Enugu and some other South-East states which could not be immediately confirm, are said to have similarly switched the school day from Monday to Saturday.

This comes even as IPOB has threatened week-long lockdown of the five South-East states – others being Abia, Ebonyi and Imo – from November 5 if Kanu is not released unconditionally by November 4.

The threat, if successfully carried out, would effectively make impossible the November 6 governorship election in Anambra.



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