The federal government has approved the shutting down of five federal government colleges located in the security challenged areas of the North-east.
Supervising minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, listed the schools to include Federal Government Girls College, FGGC, Munguno; Federal Government College, FGGC, Potiskum; Federal Government College, FGGC, Buni Yadi; Federal Science and Technical College, FSTC, Lassa and Federal Science and Technical College, FSTC, Michika.
According to a statement by the special assistant (Media) to the minister, Simeon Nwakaudu, candidates registered for WASSCE, NECO SSCE and BECE in FGGC Potiskum should have their examination centres relocated to FGGC Bauchi, while those from FGGC Munguno and FGC Buni Yadi should also be relocated.
The statement further approved that other students who are affected by the closure but are not writing public examinations be relocated to FGGC Bauchi, FGGC Bajoga, FGC Maiduguri, FSTC Kafanchan and FSTC Dayi.
The government directive, however, left the choice of the schools for the affected students at the discretion of parents.
The minister also commiserated with families that lost their children during the unfortunate attack on FGC Buni Yadi in Yobe last week and assured that the ministry would continue to collaborate with all stakeholders to improve security around federal government-owned schools.