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Education minister worried over school attacks

18 November 2014, 14:11

Abuja - The Ministry of Education has expressed concern over the recent bomb attacks in schools, saying that it can reduce enrolment.

Dr Nnamdi Olebara, the Special Adviser (Media) to the Minister, said that Ibrahim Shekarau expressed his sadness over the incidents at a meeting with officials of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP).

Olebara said that officials of the Colleges Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) also attended  the meeting aimed at updating the unions on efforts being made to resolve their issues.

There were recent suicide bomb attacks on the Government Science Secondary School, Pokistum, Yobe State, and Federal College of Education, Kontagora, in Niger State.

Also read: Gunmen attack school in Niger state

"The ministry invited them to brief them on developments which were very positive and commiserated with parents and victims of recent killings in Pokistum, Kotangora and other places.

"He informed ASUP/COEASU that the Federal Government is seriously concerned about the recent bombings in schools which could lead to decline in school enrolment and output.’’

According to Olebara, Shekarau informed them that Nigeria is part of the Global Safety in Schools programmeand as such the ministry was collaborating with security agencies to secure schools.

He said the minister thanked ASUP/COEASU for allowing three months grace to enable the Federal Government to look into their demands.

ASUP and COEASU recently suspended their 10-month and eight-month strikes respectively, following the intervention of the minister.

They gave the Federal Government three months grace to meet their demands which lapsed on October 17.




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