The University of Ibadan International School, which was closed down last week, has been reopened today Monday 26.
The school, which was held standstill by series of crises over the use of hijab by Muslim female students, was closed last week Monday after some Muslim parents maintained that the use of hijab is a fundamental rights of their children.
A visit to the school around 8:00am by newsmen on Monday, however, disclosed that the school has resumed activities.
Security men were seen stationed at the entrance that leads to the main gate of the school, to sustain law and order.
Parents were asked to park their vehicles and allow their wards walk into the school by themselves.
It was not clear whether academic activities had resumed as non-students were barred from entry the School.
“The meeting was presided over by the Vice Chancellor of the University and was called to discuss the lingering religious crisis affecting the International School of the University. The meeting was attended by Principal Officers of the University, Deans, Directors of Academic Units and Council members. The Principal of the International School, and her three Vice Principals were also present at the meeting.
“After consideration of all that had happened since the crisis started on November 12, 2018, including efforts at resolving the crisis, the meeting resolved as follows: There is a need to take a dispassionate look at the rules and regulations governing not only dress code but general conduct of students in the International School, Ibadan. Such perspective will enable a deeper understanding of the principles underlying the establishment of those rules.
“The International School is a private school and is guided by its own policies, rules and regulations. The meeting also noted that there is a subsisting court judgement that has affirmed the private status of the school.
“Following from the above, the meeting decided that: The decision and outcome of the November 14, 2018, meeting of the Board of Governors of the School should be respected by all in the interest of the children and progress of the school.
“The status quo as regards students’ dress code as contained in the school rules and regulations should be maintained. Individuals or groups that may seek a change in the dress code, or any other aspect of the rules of the school should follow the due process of requesting for such but the final decision on any such change still lies with the Board of Governors.
“Adequate measures should be put in place to forestall breakdown of law and order in the school. The Board of Governors be advised to reopen the school for academic activities on Monday, November 26, 2018.”