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Parents fear election, insurgency may affect schools’ calendar in 2015


ABUJA – A cross section of Nigerians have expressed fears that the spate of insurgency and the upcoming general elections might affect the smooth education calendar in 2015. [pro_ad_display_adzone id=”8″]
The fears were expressed in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday.
Some FCT residents told NAN that the elections and the spate of terror attacks on schools in the country are frightening and parents are not willing to expose their children to such danger.
Many also noted that few parents might withdraw their children and send them to schools overseas, while others will not allow their children go to school at all, till peace is restored.
Miss Sylvia Elaigwu a final year nursing student at the University of Jos, said the upcoming general elections and continued attacks by insurgents would have a negative effect on schools if not checked.
According to her, the elite would withdraw their children from Nigerian institutions and send them to schools abroad to protect them.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]
She added that her school has been shut till March 5, 2015, believing that the ongoing election activities were the reason for the action.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]
Mrs Talatu Olaniyi told NAN that sending children to schools in Nigeria was no longer safe and called for the closure of schools especially in the troubled parts of the country.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]
“I will not send my child to school when the election starts to ensure their safety, because the perpetrators of crimes take advantage of periods like that to carry out their attacks.
“Putting security guards and other measures is not enough; schools should be shut till the elections are over,’’ she said.
Olaniyi advised parents to protect their children against kidnappers and ritual killers.
According to her, education in 2015 might experience a lot of hitches as many are not just scared of election but terror attacks on schools.
Another parent Mr Tony Ojobo, however, expressed optimism that the education sector in 2015 would operate normally.
“I don’t see the elections affecting schools, I believe that insurgency and their vices would fizzle out and peace would be restored soon.
“But government has to ensure that the lives of our children in schools are adequately protected, so that our future and that of the country would be secured,’’ he said. (NAN)

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