Boko Haram: Education suffers setback in Borno, Yobe

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By Suzan Edeh

Bauchi — The Yobe State Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Mohammed Lamin, has said that education has suffered serious setback in Borno and Yobe states, following atttacks on schools and students by Boko Haram terrorists.

Lamin spoke, yesterday in Bauchi during the opening of a five-day training workshop for 262 facilitators with the theme:  “Revitalization of adult and youth literacy in Nigeria,” organised by Borno and Yobe States’ Agency for Mass Education in collaboration with NMEC and UNESCO.

He said the frequent attacks by insurgents in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in the two states were discouraging many parents from sending their children to school, hence the level of education in the state had deteriorated over the past one year.

He said: ”Yobe State, despite the insecurity challenges, had been rated as one of best states doing well in education, but the continuous attacks on schools have prevented students from going to school.

”With a precarious situation like this, the state will continue to record a poor level of education if the security situation in the affected states does not improve. Some parents have started to relocate their children to schools in the south and other states of the federation where schools are not under attack.

”We are calling in the Federal Government and other donor agencies to come to the aid of Yobe and Borno States by ensuring that education is revitalised as our resources have been overstretched.”

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