By Chuka Callys Mbamaluh.
Information which filtered into our newsroom and perched carefully on our Education Desk on Thursday has it that Sokoto State Government has shut sixteen boarding schools along the State’s borders.
The decision, Themeteornews learnt,was reached at the State’s 17th Security Council meeting held at the seat of power in the State on Thursday.
The decision was sequel to an appraisal and brief received by the Council from the State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Dr Muhammad Bello Guiwa, on the security situation in the affected areas.
The affected schools are: Government Girls Model Secondary School, Illela, Sultan Muhammadu Tambari Arabic Secondary School, Illela, Gamji Girls College, Rabah, Government Secondary School, Gada, Government Secondary School, Gandi and Government Secondary School, Goronyo
Others are:Government Secondary School, Isa, Government Secondary School Sabon Birnin Gobir, Boarding Primary School, Isa, Boarding Primary School, Balle and Boarding Primary School, Jabo.
The rest are: UBE Junior Secondary School, Sabon Birni, Government Secondary School, Kebbe, Government Secondary School, Tureta, Government Technical College, Binji and Olusegun Obasanjo Technical College, Bafarawa.
Governor Aminu Tambuwal in a statement noted that “the schools were to be closed, temporarily for two weeks.”
“Accordingly , Principals of the affected schools are hereby directed to comply with immediate effect,”he said.
He further directed the Ministries of Basic and Secondary Education and that of Science and Technology to temporarily merge the students of the affected schools with those of other schools for the continuation of their studies pending the improvement in the security situation of the affected areas.
Meanwhile,Lagos State Government has also directed all public and private schools in the State to vacate on Friday.
The directive was contained in a statement, on Thursday, entitled ‘LASG directs schools to vacate on Friday, December 18, 2020’ which was signed by
the Director General, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Ministry of Education, Mrs Abiola Seriki-Ayeni.
The statement read in part: “the 2020/2021 first term academic session for public and private schools comes to an end on Friday 18th December, 2020”.
“The Lagos State Government has directed public and private schools in the State to vacate on Friday 18th December, 2020.”
“Therefore, all public and private schools below tertiary level in the State are to close for the Christmas and New Year holiday on that day. Schools are to resume on Monday 4th January, 2021 in compliance with the Lagos State harmonized academic calendar.”
“It is important to note that boarders are to resume on Sunday 3rd January, 2021 while academic activities commences immediately”.
The authorities also used the medium to advise parents to ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols while the children and wards are at home while all school proprietors and school administrators were enjoined to also ensure adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols when schools resume for 2nd term.