‎Bauchi govt. closes secondary school over students’ ‘sexual immorality’

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The Bauchi State Government has ordered the closure of a secondary school in the state capital, Bauchi, over alleged sexual immorality.

The State Commissioner of Education, Nuhu Gidado, who is also the deputy governor, made the announcement in a press statement issued on Monday by his Special Assistant on communication, Yakubu Adamu.

The statement said the closure became necessary following reports received that some of students of Sa’adu Zungur Model Primary and Secondary School engaged in illegal marriages among themselves.

Mr. Gidado attributed the student’s behaviour to moral decadence in the society.

“That is why he had directed the immediate closure of the school on Friday, 10th March 2017 after being notified about the issue,” his spokesperson said in the statement.

The statement added that a committee comprising all directors in the state Ministry of Education, the school authority, teachers as well as the Parents and Teachers Association (PTA), had been set up to investigate the matter and come up with a detailed report before the school is reopened.

Government sources said there have been reports of rampant sexual activities in the school.

In one instance of the alleged illegal marriage, a boy who claimed to be the groom, paid N500 as dowry to “wed” a female student, while their classmates contributed money for snacks needed at the ceremony.

“We learnt the groom brought large sums of money to the bride’s friends for settlement after marriage had taken place,” one student told PREMIUM TIMES.

Students say the attention of teachers was drawn to one of such illegal events only last week when an SS11 student organised a “wedding” in an unoccupied classroom with a female senior student.

Teachers, drawn by loud sound, went to the classroom to meet students tying the nuptial knot.

The principal of the school could not be reached for comment.


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  • Frank Bassey

    “Mr. Gidado attributed the student’s behaviour to moral decadence in the society.” This is not true. It is the moral decadence in the North. You can force a horse to the stream, you cannot force it to drink. The North is never interested in education, that is the truth. They are interested in marriage and producing children even at under-aged level. While their southern counterparts are studying hard and winning prizes in various academic competitions, the Northern youths are interested in marriage. Tomorrow, someone will be crying marginalization. Everyone is eyeing the oil of the Niger Delta.

    • PeaceAmbassador

      My brother, na wa o!!! Like son like papa.

  • Billy Salman

    mpteeeeeeeeew, nonsense! Sexual immorality amongst kids is normal in other parts of the world where better issues are given prior attention. what has the commissioner done about the schools without roof, chairs in the classrooms, teaching materials, some schools does not even have a single teacher. Those are more important matters that should bug the commissioner not mundane issues like sex between kids

  • Gary

    So the solution for teenagers with raging hormones fooling around with pretend marriages is to shut down the school and truncate their education? That is the reaction of a government that takes education of its children seriously. And they’ll stop fooling around when they are home idle with no future? SMH.

  • Mentus

    Close down the school and then set up a committee. I can never get over the way Nigerians do things! Why not set up a committee which will get to the bottom of what is happening and why it is happening and listen to their recommendations. The reason will probably be because the students are not engaged in any academic activities at all.
    Don’t they say that the devil finds work for idle hands. Poor kids.