Insecurity: FG considers suspending boarding in rural schools

The Federal Ministry of Education said it is taking measures to ensure the nation’s schools are safe and conducive for learning and other activities.

This is just as the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Andrew Adejo, disclosed that it is trying to adopt some specific safety measures that include abolishing boarding schools in rural areas for the meantime owing to insecurity.

Adejo gave the hint in his address at the opening of the 81st plenary meeting of the Joint Consultative Committee on Education, which was held in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, on Monday.

The JCCE held a meeting, themed: “Strengthening Security and Safety in Nigeria Schools for the Achievement of Education 2030 Agenda”.

Adejo urged the Council to take bold actions which include the implementation and domestication of the Safe School Declaration initiatives; and the conduct of a vulnerability survey on schools by the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps to enable it to devise strategies that would secure and strengthen the safety of schools.

He also called for the adoption of some specific safety measures like abolishing boarding schools in rural areas for the meantime, drilling of students and teachers on emergency security measures, construction of perimeter walls around schools, and installation of CCTV/ alarm systems in schools, adding that decision on these issues which will be reached at the national council of education meeting holding in October.

The PS said the adoption of these measures was important because of the link between qualitative education and the existence of a peaceful, secure and serene environment for effective teaching and learning.

Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, in his address read on his behalf by his deputy, Chief Crowther Seth, reminded stakeholders of the importance of their meeting.

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