In its efforts to ensure free and fair elections and
one that is violence free even after the exercise, the
federal government will today decide whether
schools, both private and public should be in
session or go on break.
This has come as a result of several outcries from
students, parents and other stakeholders in the
sector who have been calling on the federal
government to see the need to shut down schools,
at least for two weeks as recent developments
within the country have clearly shown that schools
are targets for the aggrieved.
The minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim
Shekarau who disclosed this at the weekend during
a dinner with media executives and the Education
Correspondents of Nigeria (ECAN) said “As far as
the federal government and the Ministry of
Education are concerned, nobody has made a
statement concerning the closure of schools.”
“However, we are aware that there are agitations
and conflicting views with some stating that
schools should be closed and there will be no need
to go to school.
“To address this issue, the ministry has summoned
all commissioners of education and other
stakeholders for a meeting by Monday (today) 2pm
so that the issue can be discussed.
“It is not just a matter of the ministry sitting in the
office and dishing out directives.
There is a need to meet with stakeholders so that
the benefits or otherwise of the closure of schools
can be discussed but with the interest of the nation