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Borno Govt Lures Students Back To School With Free Uniforms, Food
Following the re-opening of public schools in the Borno State, the state government has pleaded with parents in the state to allow their children to return to school, assuring them of adequate security for teachers and pupils regardless of the Boko Haram threat to lives and property in the region.
The state chairman of the Committee on the Resuscitation of Primary School Education, Mohammed Dongel, made this known on Monday in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
He said some parents have released their children to return to schools but many were still very apprehensive.
He added that the government, as part of incentives to bring the children back to school, has made provisions for free uniforms and daily meals.
“I want to assure parents that government has made adequate security provisions in all schools for the protection of teachers and pupils. Parents should endeavour to send their children to school,” Dongel said.
He added that the state governor, Kashim Shettima, is expected to flag off the distribution of uniforms to all the public school pupils next week.
He further said that the state government had acquired instructional machines for easy teaching and learning in schools in the state.
“We are trying to introduce e-learning in primary schools to transform our education system into world class’’, he said.
Public schools in the state were closed on March 14 as a result of the incessant deadly attacks launched by the outlawed Boko Haram terrorists and were re-opened on Nov. 17.