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Borno To Re-Open Public Schools In October, 2015

By Ibrahim-Gwamna Mshelizza
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Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state has constituted a nine man High powered Committee to re-open public schools in the state capital in October 2915.

The Committee was constituted after the governor recieved the report of an earlier High powererd Committee set up by him to study and work out modalities for Re-opening the Public Schools.

Speaking st the occasion , he said “our decision to set up the committee was largely informed by the need to radically reinvigorate the education sector with a view to making it a formidable model of excellence worthy of emulation”.

He said “You may recall our earlier attempt at re-sustaining the education system when the education

quality Assurance Task team was established. However, the work was marred by the extremely complicated and unconventional security challenges we have been experiencing”

According to him, the closure of public schools which was necessitated by the security challenges and the abduction of Chibok girls have subjected untold physical and psychological trauma on the students and pupils.

The committee has the state commissioner of education, Hon. Musa Inuwa Kubo as chairman with Commissioner of Higher Education Hon, Usman Jaha, Dr Shettima Kullima, Executive chairman UBE, Dr Suleiman Bello, chairman Teachers Service Board, Representative of the GOC 7 Division Nigerian Army, Police Commissioner, Director

SSS and Chairman Nigerian Union of Teachers as members, while Justus Zare , Director Research and Statistics of the ministry of education will served as Sectary of committee.

The committee has the following terms of references, to

implement the recommendation of the committee for working out modalities for re-opening of public schools within the state capital, ensure smooth and orderly relocation of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), and ensure that the schools are re-opened latest by first week of October 2015.

While presenting his report, the chairman High Powered Committee for the working out of modalities for the

re-opening of public schools within Maiduguri, the state capital, Alhaji Gambo Gubio said, after their inauguration on 26th Augusts 2015 they started the assignment in earnest by visiting the schools and camps occupied by the IDPs to see things for themselves.

He said the total number of public schools in the state

capital is 142, while 15 of them are currently accommodating the IDPs, adding that for the schools to be put into affective use they engaged some professionals from the ministry of education who gave an estimate of N1, 461,359,360,00.Which they carefully studied and streamline down to N702, 573,040.00, which they still doubt if state government can afford.

He said the distribution of all students to existing public schools and the possibility of establishing temporary schools in new locations have been examined and the possible number of schools has been estimated to be nine containing 78 classrooms.