Par­ents urge re-open­ing of Borno schools

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Some par­ents in Borno yesterday ap­pealed to the state govern­ment to re-open pub­lic schools closed since May 2014, to al­low their chil­dren con­tinue with their ed­u­ca­tion.

The schools were closed in May 2014, fol­low­ing at­tacks on stu­dents in neigh­bour­ing Yobe.

The in­flux of In­ter­nally Dis­placed Per­sons (IDPs) to Maiduguri frus­trated the state govern­ment’s ef­forts at re-open­ing the schools.

A cross sec­tion of the par­ents who made the ap­peal in an in­terview with news­men in Maiduguri ex­pressed reser­va­tions on the con­tin­u­ous clo­sure of the schools even with the rel­a­tive re­turn of peace in the state.

Malam Muham­mad Askira, a par­ent, said the state govern­ment had no ex­cuse to keep the schools closed, fol­low­ing the evac­u­a­tion of the IDPs from the build­ings.

“Our chil­dren have been out of school for over two years, now that we have rel­a­tive peace, we did not hear the govern­ment say­ing the chil­dren should go back to school.

“Three months ago, the IDPs oc­cu­py­ing schools like Yarwa Girls Sec­ondary School and five other schools were re­lo­cated to other camps for the schools to be re­opened, so what are they still look­ing for?’’ Askira asked.

Malam Sadiq Mu’azu, an­other par­ent, sup­ported the call, say­ing it was time the schools were re-opened.

“I am not sur­prised be­cause this is about three months since they evac­u­ated IDPs out of schools and up till this mo­ment no school was re-opened.”

Mrs Zainab Abubakar, an­other par­ent, ap­pealed to the govern­ment to re­open schools to re­duce youth re­dun­dancy. (NAN)

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