The Federal Capital Territory Administration has announced that both private and public primary and secondary schools in the FCT will resume on September 12, 2022.
The resumption date was confirmed by the Secretary of the FCT-Education Secretariat, Sani Dahir El-Katuzu.
And so? Why is their resumption important?
Schools in the FCT were hurriedly closed on July 27 instead of July 30 in the 2021/2022 academic calendar, due to a series of attacks by bandits on some communities in the area.
Announcing the closure of schools, FCT-Education Secretariat then, directed all school management to end school activities and asked parents to pick up their wards immediately, this resulted in most of the schools rushing their third term examination just so as to meet the deadline.
Is FCT now safe for school activities?
Schooling activities were earlier closed following bandits’ attack on some FCT communities, especially the one on the Brigade of Guard in Bwari. This forced major clearing operations on terrorist camps in and around the Federal Capital Territory by security agencies.
Speaking after one of the operations, the Defense Headquarters said troops successfully cleared Kawu and Ido villages in Bwari Area Council, neutralizing terrorists and destroying their hideouts.
According to the Director of Defense Media Operations, Major-General Bernard Onyeuko, thirty terrorists were eliminated, while their camps were found and neutralize in Dei-Dei and Kwali Areas of the FCT.
What measures are now in place to forestall further security threats?
The FCT Police Commissioner, Sunday Babaji revealed that various security apparatus has been adopted in the nation’s capital, to ensure the safety of the schools.
Also, the FCT-Education Secretary said adequate measures are been put in place to ensure safe resumption and academic activities.
Meanwhile, both parents and school proprietors, while welcoming the decision to open schools for resumption, expressed their concerns and fears about internal security measures in the FCT.