Banditry Forces Niger To Close All Public Secondary Schools

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The Niger State Government has ordered the closure of all public secondary schools in the state for a period of two weeks to enable it assess the threat of insecurity and its impact on schools in the state.

The Acting Commissioner for Education in the state, Hajiya Hannatu Salihu, who revealed that the schools are to close from Friday, March 12th to Friday, March 26th, 2021, said the closure was to give relevant security agencies the time and opportunity to conduct a comprehensive risk assessment of all public secondary schools.

The decision, to close the school, according to Salihu, was taken during an emergency consultative meeting with the leadership of the 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 Ministry and other stakeholders of the sector.

The commissioner also stated that the comprehensive risk assessment 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 and teachers.

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