Abuja - Borno State will fumigate all primary schools that will reopen later this month following their closure at the peak of the terror that gripped the state recently.
The schools, it has been announced, will reopen on November 17.
Dr Mohammed Dongel, the Chairman of the state 19-man committee on the resuscitation of primary school education, confirmed the reopening and fumigation.
He said the state government had already procured chemicals for the fumigation of the schools, against reptiles and other rodents before the reopening date.
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“All things being equal, public schools will re-open for classes on November. 17. Governor Kashim Shettima has already approved the procurement of chemicals for the fumigation of the schools against reptiles and other rodents ahead of the re-opening,” Dongel said.
He revealed that the exercise will only affect primary schools, as secondary schools would remain closed pending the time the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) taking refuge in the schools were relocated.
“We plan to re-open public secondary schools soon after the primary schools. We are working on plans to relocate the IDPs to two places- the Hajj Camp and the International Conference Centre Maiduguri, so that the schools will be re-opened for classes,” he said.
He said the committee had introduced numerous incentives to ensure that students return to schools after the re-opening.
“One will agree with me that most parents have been traumatized by insurgents’ attacks on schools. Students have also been scared due to incessant attacks on schools so we need to introduce measures for the purpose of encouraging school’s enrollment and retention.”
Dongel added that the government had agreed to provide free school uniforms to all students in public schools to encourage them remain in class.
“Government has also introduced free daily meals in all public schools to entice students to stay.”
– CAJ News