INSECURITY: Niger state govt shuts down secondary schools
The Niger State Government has announced the closure of all secondary schools in the state from March 12 to March 26.
A statement from the Ministry of Education signed by the Information Officer, Jibrin Kodo, said the Commissioner, Hannatu Salihu, announced this during an emergency meeting held with stakeholders on Thursday in Minna.
According to her, 22 secondary schools, consisting of 11 day and 11 boarding schools, had earlier been closed.
Salihu explained that the two-week closure would enable security agencies to conduct a comprehensive risk assessment of the schools.
She also noted that the closure would help in boosting the strategies which will be put in place to guarantee the security and safety of students, education managers, and teachers.
Salihu commended the education actors, parents, and communities for their patience, understanding, and support.
She reiterated the government’s commitment towards ensuring that all schools are safe for effective teaching and learning.
The Commissioner, however, urged residents not to relent in their cooperation, and collaboration with the government in surmounting the security challenges in the school system.
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