The Niger state government through the ministry of Education has ordered all secondary schools in the state to be shut down for two weeks for security reasons. Read the press release below:
NIGER MINISTRY OF EDUCATION DIRECTS THE CLOSURE OF ALL PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN THE STATE
Niger State Commissioner of Education, Hajiya
Hannatu Jibrin Salihu,
has directed the closure of all Public Secondary
Schools for two weeks commencing from Friday, March 12th to Friday, March 26th, 2021.
She gave the directive during an emergency
consultative meeting with the leadership of Association of the
Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS),
Association of Model Islamic Schools (AMIS), Executive Chairman, Niger State Universal Basic Education Board
(NSUBEB),Heads of Education Agencies, Directors of the Ministryand other stakeholders of the Education sector in the State.
According to her, the directive was based on the decision earlier taken during an interface the Ministry had with
officials from various Security Agencies in the State.
Though 22 Secondary
Schools (11 Day and 11
Boarding Schools)have earlier been closed, the two weeks closure of all
Secondary Schools was necessary to give relevant Security
Agencies the time and opportunity to conduct a comprehensive risk assessment of all
public secondary Schools.
The exercise, when
completed, will provide an all-inclusive mechanism and strategies that will restore and guarantee sustainable security and safety of Students, School infrastructure, Education managers,
Teachers in the State.
The Commissioner used the opportunity to commend Education actors, Parents and communities for their patience, understanding and support in this trying time.
She reiterated the government’s commitment to leave
no stone unturned and ensure that all Schools are safe environments for effective Teaching and learning.
Therefore, she urged Nigerlites not to relent in their show of solidarity,
cooperation and collaboration with the government in this critical task of surmounting security challenges especially the School system.
Jibrin Usman kodo
Niger State Ministry Of Education.