Nigeria News Agency reports that two hostels in the school were razed by fire on Friday and another on Saturday, but no life was lost.
Addressing a news conference in Kaduna, the state’s Commissioner for Education, Dr Shehu Makarfi, said that the fire incident, whose cause was yet to be determined, compelled government to close the school.
He said that after due consideration, government has decided to relocate the 1,520 affected students to Rimi College within the next two weeks, where existing facilities would accommodate them.
The commissioner said that the decision was temporary pending when the reconstruction of the burnt hostels and upgrade of existing facilities in the school would be completed.
For the 900 students of Rimi College, the commissioner said that the students have been asked to identify any secondary school close to their homes and register to continue their academic activities.
He added that the teachers of the college would also be distributed to support teachers in the absorbing schools, stressing that the principals of the various schools have been briefed.
“This is the best decision in the interest of all considering that students of GG Kawo were from different parts of the country while those of Rimi College were from within Kaduna metropolis.
“All arrangements have been concluded to ensure that the movements does not affect students’ academic activities, including public examinations conducted by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and National Examination Council (NECO),” Makarfi said.
The Commissioner said that contractors have been mobilised to the college to complete all ongoing modernisation projects in the school, including provision of water, electricity and perimeter fencing to ensure adequate security.
He also said that government has taken over the payments of WAEC and NECO examination fees for 11,190 students who passed the qualifying examination out of the 21,000 final year students in public schools.
The Commissioner said that officials of the ministry would meet with the Parents-Teachers Association of Rimi College on Thursday, to discuss the developments and solicit for their understanding and support.
Edited By: Bayo Sekoni/Ali Baba-Inuwa