Written by Godfrey AKON

2019 polls: schools shut down nationwide

As Nigerians go to the polls to elect a new President and Members of the National Assembly, on Saturday 16th February, 2019, schools across the country have been shut down.

The shutdown is part of efforts by public and private school owners to ensure that students are not caught in the mix should the polls trigger any security concerns.

The Nigerian government was first to shut down the 104 Federal Government colleges across the country, ahead of the elections.

Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, officially announced February 15 to 19 as mid-term break for students of all the 104 unity schools across the country.

“Our students in unity schools are not of voting age, but we adjusted the mid-term break to make it fall within the elections period.

“The date for the mid-term break will be from Friday, February 15 to Tuesday, February 19. This is for only unity schools in the country. We are not shutting down other schools,” he said

According to Adamu, the essence of the break was to enable parents have maximum time to go and cast their votes and have the freedom to bring their children and wards back to school.

Meanwhile, Private school owners around the FCT and elsewhere in the country, have also borrowed a cue from the federal government and declared their midterm break during the same period.

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