FG to Decide the Closure of Schools Today in View of February General Elections

lasu-protest-new_500_31651_theme1_400_300The Federal Government will today decide on whether to close both private and public schools in the country ahead of the general elections.

There has been calls by students, parents and other stakeholders for the schools to shut for at least two weeks as recent developments within the country had clearly shown that schools are targets of violence.

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.

“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 first”.

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