The Niger State Ministry of Education has ordered the closure of all public secondary schools for two weeks in order to assess the threat of insecurity and its impact on schools.
The schools will close from Friday, March 12th to Friday, March 26th, 2021. The Commissioner of Education, Hajiya Hannatu Salihu, said the closure is to give relevant security agencies the time and opportunity to conduct a comprehensive risk assessment of all public secondary schools.
This decision was taken during an emergency consultative meeting with 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.
Salihu 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.
She therefore called for the understanding and support of education actors, parents and communities while reiterating the government’s resolve to leave
no stone unturned in ensuring all schools in the state are safe environments for effective teaching and learning.