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We shut down 31 boarding schools because of insecurity – Niger Commissioner

We shut down 31 boarding schools because of insecurity – Niger Commissioner

Niger State Government says thirty-one out of fifty-six boarding Schools across the state are currently not fully operational due to insecurity that pervades the state.

The Commissioner for Education in the state, Hajiya Hannatu Jibrin Salihu who made the disclosure while briefing newsmen after the State Executive Council meeting in Minna, said with the closure, only 25 boarding schools are still operational.

She explained that 10 out of the 31 schools have been totally closed down even as the others were directed to deboard their students.

She said, “We have 56 boarding schools in Niger state. We had to shut down 10 boarding schools and deboarded some of them. The ones that were totally shut down are those in the high-risk areas.”

Salihu revealed that the schools were closed down and deboarded due to the risk assessment by security agencies in the state, saying,” there are plans also to review the risk assessment and decide if some of the schools will be reopened.”

The students in the affected schools, the commissioner explained, have been directed to look for alternative schools to attend particularly the Senior Secondary, SS3 students who need to write their final examinations.

“The PTA, community, school-based management committee and school management were the ones who gave us alternative safe areas for the students to attend school and write their examinations.
We made plans to ensure that they are carried along and do not miss out on their examinations,” she further said.

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