Katsina state bans WhatsApp in schools, prohibits workers from speaking about government on Facebook

The Katsina State Government has initiated steps aimed at regulating social media usage in its schools and among the state civil servants by directing schools to forbid the use of WhatsApp for information dissemination.

The Ministry of Education in the state ordered principals of government schools to abolish all existing WhatsApp groups in their respective centres of learning.

It also applies to Facebook, where public workers and civil servants have been asked to avoid the use of the social media platform to comment on government activities, either positively or negatively.

The circular obtained by SaharaReporters, came from the Zonal Education Quality Assurance of the Katsina State Education Ministry and was sent to all heads and principals of public schools in the state.

The circular, tagged; MOE/ZDKT/ADG/VOL.1, and dated December 7 with the title; “Abolishing of WhatsApp group in our schools” was signed by one Muhammad Sada Dikko, for the Zonal Coordinator.

It reads, “I am directed to write and inform all the principals to direct the various Group Admin in their respective schools to wipe out the so-called school Whatsapp. The abolishing of this group becomes necessary due to the multiple postings being made, which create problems and insubordination between the school authority and its staff.

“Principals should also remind their staff about the government circular that prohibits any civil servant from commenting positively or negatively on government activities on Facebook or Whatsapp.”

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