From Muawuya Bala Idris, Katsina
No fewer than 61 primary schools are forced to close session in Katsina State due to activities of armed bandits.
The Executive Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, Alhaji Lawal Buhari Daura told The Triumph that the affected schools are closed down in five local government areas with trouble recordings.
Daura explained that about 20 primary schools were closed in Faskari, one in Danmusa, seven in Safana, 15 in Dandume and 18 in Sabuwa Local Government Areas.
He however said as peace returned in Batsari, Jibia and Kankara areas, school normal activities have fully resumed in these areas.
“The schools are opened for normal lesson in Jibia, Kankara and Batsari after consultation with all stakeholders, including communities,” said he.
Daura said the board would continue to engage stakeholders, communities and security agents before re-opening of all the closed schools.
He commended security personnel operating in eight troubled areas of the state for their concern on safety of teachers and pupils.
Commenting on the activities of the board, Daura expressed satisfaction with girl-child enrollment into schools within this year.
He said about 1,904,564 girls were enrolled into schools, which he said represented an increase of 35 per cent of actual projected figure.
Daura explained that as government invested heavily on girl’s child education, the state witnessed impressive performance of girls in national competition.
He cited example of one Suwaiba Hassan from Faskari Local Government Area of the state, who clinched first position in national completion of reading and writing.