Parents In Borno Calls For Re-opening Of Secondary School
Parents in Borno on Monday appealed to the State Government to re-open Public Secondary Schools closed in March 2014, following suspected Boko Haram attacks in schools in neighbouring Yobe.
A number of parent in Maiduguri has expressed concern over the continued closure of the schools.
Malam Modu Fallata, a parent who resides at Bulumkutu, expressed sadness over the closure of the schools.
“Five out of my 16 children are secondary school students studying in public schools in Maiduguri.
“These five children have been staying at home for the past 15 months, without going to school, for no fault of theirs,” Fallata said.
“Most people have either moved their children to other states or transferred them to private schools, to continue their education.
He added, “It is so sad that we do not have money to transfer them to private schools.
“So the children are forced to stay at home doing nothing,” he said
Malam Mada Abdul, a resident of London-Ciki, corroborated the claim, saying that many students have turned to drug addicts, due to lack of schools.
“Many students have resorted to taking drugs in my area because of the bad influence of their friends.
“Even girls are not left out as some of them have also taken to drug use, to seek solace for their problems,” Abdul said.
He said that the best thing was for government to re-open the schools, to avoid further damage.
“I think that government has a responsibility to ensure the proper upbringing of our children by doing the right thing.
“Government should re-open the schools without further delay, to allow the students to return to their classes,” Abdul said.
I Alhaji Mohammed Kauji, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, said that the continued closure of the schools was a source of concern to the government.
“Government is seriously concerned with the continued closure of secondary schools in the state since March 2014.
“Although we have been able to re-open public primary schools in the state capital, secondary schools have remained closed,” Kauji said.