Boko Haram: Borno reopens secondary schools closed for 2 years

Governor Kashim Shettima
Photo: VOA Hausa
Governor Kashim Shettima Photo: VOA Hausa

The Borno Government said on Monday that it would re-open public secondary schools next week, two years after they were closed due to Boko Haram insurgency.

The state’s Commissioner for Education, Inuwa Kubo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri that Internally Displayed Persons (IDPs) occupying the schools had been relocated to allow for resumption of academic activities.

Mr. Kubo said that repairs had been carried out on all the structures in the schools to provide atmosphere, conducive for teaching and learning.

“I wish to announce that on Sept. 26, all public schools are going to be re-opened.

“I want to state that government has repaired all the structures damaged by the IDPs in the schools, to ensure comfort for the returning students.

“Parents and guardians should please make sure that they send their children back to school,” he said.

Mr. Kubo decried the prolonged closure of the schools and the fact that proprietors of private schools took undue advantage of the development to charge arbitrary fees.

“We understand that some of them have taken undue advantage of the closure to hike school fees; we will not allow the situation to continue.

“We are going to visit the schools to find out how much they are charging and how much they are paying their teachers,” he said.

The schools were shut in March, 2014, after terrorists attacked a school in neighbouring Yobe.

The government reopened primary schools in 2015 but could not do the same with the secondary schools because they had been taken over by IDPs. (NAN)

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  • TrueFairGame

    Well some good news coming from that end. We initially underestimated the havoc that this twisted minds caused. I hope the society and the state have learned their lessons.
    Initially when BH started ordinary citizens thought they were only attacking law enforcement and with the distrust between the law enforcement and the people, the citizens kept mute and refuse to provide intelligence to the law enforcement.
    Now the law enforcement on the other hand due to corruption saw it as a business so they pack as much innocent as possible and demand that the relatives pay substantially to bail them out.
    Some criminals saw opportunity to extort from the rich in the area by threatening that they are BH. Infact some criminals join the BH because it gave them license to carry arms freely, to kill and rob banks.
    As this circle continues BH became well funded and grow in capacity, sponsoring training and establishing bases.
    Several wrongs dont make right. Corruption, bad followership and a failed system is what landed us into this mess.
    I hope the State and the citizens have learned. The little you ignored today will hunt you badly tomorrow.

  • olubayo

    News that comforts the heart. May what led to the closure of those schools never happen again in Jesus’ name.