Borno set to reopen public schools in September

A committee has been set up by the Borno State government to work out modalities for the reopening primary and secondary schools within Maiduguri metropolis in September.

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Usman Jidda Shuwa, said in a statement that the 13-man committee chaired by Alhaji Gambo Gubio, will work towards reopening schools which are expected to start classes at the beginning of next academic session.

“The terms of reference of the committee include: identifying the total number of public schools and advising government on how best these schools could be effectively used for academic activities,” the statement read.

“The committee is expected to take into consideration those schools currently accommodating IDPs as well as evaluate how best the internally displaced students/pupils at the camps and those staying with relatives in the host communities could appropriately be distributed to the existing public schools in the state capital,” it added.

The committee is also expected to make recommendations on how the State Universal Basic Education Board should post relevant teaching staff to secondary and primary schools in view of the existing conditions.
The statement added: “The committee is equally tasked with the responsibility of liaising with security agencies on provision of adequate security to the IDPs and the schools when reopened and to recommend measures that it may find necessary for the effective and smooth achievement of the set objectives.”

Other members of the committee include Alhaji Haruna Idrisa Timta, Alhaji Musa Inuwa Kubo, Alhaji Abubakar Musa, Alhaji Lawan Shettima Benisheikh, Mohammed Kauji, among others.

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