THE Borno State government last week assured the public of the security of pupils and teachers in their respective schools. Schools in the state were closed due to the activities of Boko Haram. More than 1, 300 primary schools were affected.
The security assurance was complemented with the flagging off of distribution of free school uniforms, text and exercise books, and meals by the State Governor, Kashim Shettima.
Dr. Mohammed El-Nur Dongel, chairman of Borno State Primary Schools Resuscitation Committee (BPSRC), disclosed this while inspecting five primary schools in the Maiduguri and Jere.
He said since last Monday’s resumption, the schools’ attendance has hit 70 per cent in the metropolis and Jere council.
His words: “The current turnout of pupils is 70 per cent. And by next week I am sure it will be 100 per cent. I would like all parents to know that the Borno State government is doing everything possible to ensure a very conducive teaching and learning environment.
“Hopefully, by next week, the commissioning of school feeding will lead to a fully fledged resumption of all primary schools in Maiduguri metropolis, Jere and Biu in Southern Borno. I assure you that our schools are in full session after the nine-month closures over insecurity and insurgency.”
On the total number of primary schools, Dongel said: “From the records at my disposal today, we have 1, 357 primary schools in Borno State. Out of these, we have 50 primary schools with about 60-70 per cent attendance; and by next week the attendance will hit 100 per cent.
Speaking on security assurances, he said: “I have given assurance that the schools have been secured by the State Government and the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF). We can do everything humanly possible to secure the lives of our pupils and teachers.”
He said that over 200 patrol vehicles have been deployed to the re-opened schools by members of CJTF to provide security.