Niger State Government to reopen Schools closed down due to insecurity

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Ahead of Schools resumption, Niger State government has announced its intention to reopen eleven Schools closed down due to insecurity.

The Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Dr Hadiza Asabe Mohammed made the disclosure during a crucial meeting she hosted with leadership of state chapter of the Nigerian Union of Teachers NUT, All Nigerian Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools ANCOPSS, zonal Quality Assurance Directors and top management staff of the ministry.

She said the meeting was to inform them of the State government readiness to reopen eleven Schools ahead of Schools resumption date and for them to key into the plans. She said as part of the preparation, an online data capturing of all teachers will commence soon.

The Commissioner disclosed further that indexing of students would be initiated right from the early child education (ECCDE) class to Senior Secondary class (SSS) and that Early Child Care Department Education has been made compulsory as no child will be admitted into primary class without undergoing ECCDE.

She said the Ministry has concluded plans to establish Quality Assurance Offices in all the 25 local government areas in the state and provide adequate teaching and learning materials in all schools to enhance learning as indiscipline either by the students or teachers will not be tolerated.

According to her, there will be sanctions for principals who indulge in the collection of unnecessary fees from students, emphasizing on free education in state.

Dr. Hadiza revealed that the ministry was looking at ways at improving feeding of boarding school students and plans were underway to organize teachers summit in the state in December this year and training and retraining of teachers across the state.

She said measures such as bringing back the students school clubs and societies and the need for the engagement of stakeholders like School Based Management Committee (SBMC) Parent Teachers Associations (PTA) in the management of schools would be pursued as a priority.

In there various submissions, the chairman of NUT, comrade Akayago Mohammed and that of ANCOPSS described the meeting as a moral booster even as they call for more monitoring and improved welfare.

Asabe Sule Garba
Minna Head of Centre