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Adamawa parents angry over gov’s ‘selective’ security for schools

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Some parents, whose students attend private schools in Adamawa State, have registered their anger over Governor Ahmadu Fintiri’s decision to shut 30 of 34 government boarding schools to save students from abduction.

A parent, identified as Peter Memora, told The Guardian, yesterday, in Yola, that excluding private schools, especially those operating outside the state capital, was not only discrimination against other students, but also a decision against private schools owners.

Another parent, Mrs. Joy Monday, pointed out that her children were in a private school in Mayo-Belwa Local Council, and that if government was not extending the closure policy, it should provide security for the private schools.

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Other parents, who pleaded anonymity because of their position in government, also faulted the decision and urged the governor to take a second look at it.

When the Commissioner for Education and Human Development, Mrs. Wilbina Jackson, was contacted on why private schools were exempted from the closure, she said: “I am not commissioner for private schools; so you can go and talk to owners of private schools. (Besides) I have not heard where kidnapping took place in private schools.”

But when she was reminded of Bethel Baptist School and Greenfield University, both in Kaduna State, she said that she was not aware of kidnapping in those schools.

The decision was contained in a statement by the commissioner on Saturday, to take effect from today (September 6).

In the statement, Mrs. Jackson said the decision was part of government’s proactive security measures in the state.

The four schools exempted from the closure are: Government Girls Junior Secondary School, Yola; General Murtala Mohammed College, Yola; Special Schools Jada and Mubi.

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