Written by Sarah NEGEDU

150 communities demand additional schools in FCT

Over 150 communities in the nation’s capital are clamouring for the establishment of additional schools in their areas to decongest the existing ones.

Already, the federal capital territory administration said it has given approval for the establishment of additional schools in the FCT to address the problem of congestion in government-owned schools.

According to the acting secretary for education secretariat, Umar Marafa, the secretariat is currently looking at the resources available to it to determine the number of schools to be added.

Speaking during an inspection tour to some schools in parts of the territory, Marafa said, “We have to look at how much we can afford in terms of funds before we know the number of schools to be established.”

The acting secretary explained that the purpose of the inspection tour was to ensure that facilities in the schools are working optimally before the full resumption of students for the session.

Also speaking, the chairman of FCT Secondary Education Board, Alhaji Yahaya Muhammad, stated that apart from addressing the problem of congestion facing secondary schools in the FCT, the board would equally address the problem of poor staffing,  especially lack of teachers in critical subjects in the schools.

He revealed that currently the FCT Secondary Education Board has 62 senior secondary schools under its supervision, with 18 of the schools in boarding category, while 44 are day schools.

The executive chairman, FCT Universal Basic Education Board, FCT-UBEB, Kabiru Matazu, who was part of the monitoring team, disclosed that the board is already making arrangement to ensure that all public schools in the FCT are fenced, while the head teachers are up and doing to ensure peace and security in their schools.

Matazu maintained that public schools in the FCT do not have the challenge of insecurity, just as he advised parents in the territory to always register their children in FCT public schools.

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