Jigawa government has shut down schools as pupils write exams over fear of attack
While students were taking their final exams on Wednesday, the schools were abruptly closed.
Residents and students are fearful and anxious as a result of the abrupt closure. Many of the students could be spotted stuck in town while they awaited evacuation.
The spokesperson for the state’s Ministry of Education, Wasilu Umar, confirmed the closure of the schools to PREMIUM TIMES, but refused to make further comments.
But a primary school headmaster in one of the schools in Dutse, the state’s capital, confided to this Newspaper that “We are asked to shut down and release the students immediately.
“The pupils are yet to sit for the Basic Science and Islamic Religion Knowledge (IRK) examinations before they were asked to leave.
“The closure is indefinite until further notice. We believe that it is due to the deteriorating security situation in the state,” the headmaster added.
Also, one of the pupils in the Nuhu Sanusi Government Day Secondary School told reporters that they were asked to leave without taking the Civic Education examination billed to hold tomorrow.
The incident is following the attack on Immigration personnel last week Tuesday in Magari Local Government Area of the state. In the attack, an officer was killed and two others were injured.
The Police spokesperson in Jigawa, Lawan Adam, said the Police Command in the state did not order the closure of the schools, and the Ministry of Education is yet to brief the command as to what led to the sudden decision.
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