We Won’t Shut Down Schools For Polls – FG

Published 4 years ago by: Mister Jay Wonder
at 09:10 AM, 3/02/2015 (4 years ago)

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The Federal Government on Monday met with the 36 states Commissioners for Education, including the F.C.T. Education Secretary where they all agreed that schools should not be shut down for the coming general elections.

The Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, presided over the meeting, which was held in his office in Abuja.

Those in attendance included stakeholders in the education sector drawn from the National Universities Commission, the National Board for Technical Education and the National Commission for Colleges of Education.

The government hinged the decision to keep the schools running on the academic lapses that were occasioned by the Ebola Virus Disease that broke out in West Africa and other western nations last year.

Shekarau, however, said state governments would be mobilised to provide adequate security for boarding institutions marked as polling units for the elections.

He advised that “nobody should anticipate violence or crisis during the elections as elections had been conducted in the past while schools were in session.”

The stakeholders meeting also placed on hold mid-term breaks for both the public and private institutions.

Shekarau said, “The Federal Ministry of Education and managements of NUC, NBTE, NCCE and all other stakeholders in education, after due consultations and deliberations in respect of whether or not schools and all institutions should be closed for the period of the election, hereby resolved as follows:

“That all schools and institutions should remain in session while the elections take place over the weekends as stipulated by the INEC timetable. It our belief that we have had elections in the past when schools were in session and in view of the fact that we are just almost halfway into the second term of the school calendar, it is not right to close down the schools now.

“Again, we have suffered a lot in our schools during the last Ebola crisis and many schools are battling to catch up with the lost period and there is no reason before us that compels us to decide otherwise in closing the schools.

“We also agreed that all schools that are used to having mid-term breaks that have not yet gone on that mid-term break should put it on hold. All mid-term breaks in all schools should be suspended for this term; those on mid-term break already should resume back to their schools immediately and continue their lessons.

“Also in schools where we have polling stations, particularly boarding schools whose premises are being used as polling stations, we have decided to call upon the state governments and Ministries of Education to ensure the provision of adequate security.”

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akpalakostella at 09:34 AM, 3/02/2015 (4 years ago)
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Oh oh ooh
sweetypweety at 09:35 AM, 3/02/2015 (4 years ago)
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Well, I pray there won't be violence during & after d election
k4short2 at 09:41 AM, 3/02/2015 (4 years ago)
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on the day of the election is Saturday , so no school on dat day except for boarding students we hav at school. so d blood of Jesus Christ will speak against anyone who will want to disturb the students in Jesus name I pray amen.
Danas1 at 10:26 AM, 3/02/2015 (4 years ago)
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Nice step by the FG after the ebola palava I don't see the reason why sch should close again..
echeeche at 10:39 AM, 3/02/2015 (4 years ago)
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Lateef67 at 11:26 AM, 3/02/2015 (4 years ago)
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eselebor at 11:49 AM, 3/02/2015 (4 years ago)
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Nice 1
x-avier at 02:18 PM, 3/02/2015 (4 years ago)
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Why would they let them go home when they intend to use them to rig the elections? This is especially true for the tertiary institutions.
I really see nothing wrong in closing the schools for a week and resuming the Monday after elections.
I just pray they don't turn out students to the monkeys and baboons whose blood they have promised to drink if they loose the elections.
I also hope they wouldn't start trading blames on who was supposed to secure the schools or who wrote or did not write letters to who or if the letter was properly addressed or not if we eventually loose the life of any student.
femjay at 04:21 PM, 3/02/2015 (4 years ago)
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Okay !
Abubu86 at 10:26 PM, 3/02/2015 (4 years ago)
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By D Lord's grace dia won't be any trouble
PoliticxGuru at 07:50 AM, 19/08/2015 (4 years ago)
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Y not na
elchymo at 02:16 AM, 23/08/2015 (4 years ago)
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