Parents in Kaduna have expressed resentment over the prolonged postponement of schools resumption in the state.
On thhe 6th of August 2021, Governor Mallam Nasir Elrufai postponed the resumption of primary and secondary schools in the state.
Recall that, two weeks ago, the state government debunked news that the resumption of schools in the state had been extended. In a u-turn on the situation, it has now confirmed the news, saying that schools will resume when the security arrangement is concluded.
The Commissioner of Education for the state, Shehu Usman Muhammed, and the Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, recently made this disclosure in a statement.
They explained that the delay is necessary because of the ongoing military operations and infrastructure projects being carried out in the high-risk areas.
“…As the security operations proceed, the Kaduna State Government has been advised to postpone the resumption of schools, previously scheduled for 9th of August 2021, and to pause the continuation of infrastructure projects and construction in high-risk areas, while awaiting further assessment by the security agencies.
“The Kaduna State Government has accepted the security advisory, and hereby directs total compliance by all schools, and agencies involved in delivering infrastructure projects in high-risk areas. New dates for school resumption will be announced based on security assessments.”
REACTIONS TRAIL POSTPONEMENT
However, many residents, especially parents, are unhappy with the government’s decision.
A parent, Hamza Abdul, argued that the decision is unreasonable.
“This is not proper, Maiduguri the epicentre of Boko haram, schools were opened and never closed. This is not the first time we were fighting this unconventional war. Children that are privileged to be attending federal government schools are not at home, so, what’s the rationale behind this. I am not convinced.”
Abdul was referring to the inequality that the government’s directive tends to reinforce since students in federal government-funded schools are unaffected.
Another parent, Aliyu Gusau, agreed with Abdul. He wondered why children in Kaduna should remain at home while students in other security-challenged states are in school.
“This is not good advice! Most of the kids of the elite don’t study in Nigeria,” he said.
In a fit of anger, Habibu Ibrahim Jubril described the action as “cluelessness,” saying:
“We know the government cannot have security presence at all locations, hence the security operations is a welcome development but the issue is for long will the operation flush out all the bandits? Do we even know our demography? What percentage of the population are terrorising us? Is everyone living in remote villages a bandit? What is the government putting in place to stop others from going into banditary or kidnappings?”
Several other parents also expressed displeasure at the government’s decision to delay resumption, but praised the government’s effort to protect school children.
Baban Amira, a parent, said schools in less hostile areas could resume while the rest remain shut until a solution is found. He also criticised El-Rufai’s decision to fix the problem all at once.
He, however, noted that the governor and security agents are working hard to make the insecurity go away in the state.
“We salute our gallant and their efforts to end banditry issues. Also our vigilante governor, for making sure he gives all his abilities to protect the state, God bless federal Republic of Nigeria, God bless Kaduna State.”
To solve the insecurity problem in the state, the government implored residents to report any security challenge in their neighbourhood.
“While wishing the military and security agencies resounding success against the bandits, KDSG appeals for the understanding of all citizens for any inconvenience and urges all residents to be patient and to report any security issues to the security agencies,” the statement read in part.
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