On Wednesday, when the pupils were taking their final exam, the schools were abruptly shuttered.
After reports of attacks on schools began to circulate around the state, the government of Jigawa State ordered the immediate closure of all public schools in the state.
While students were taking their final exams on Wednesday, the schools were abruptly closed.
Residents and kids are fearful and anxious as a result of the abrupt closure. Many of the kids could be spotted stuck in town while they awaited evacuation.
Wasilu Umar, a spokesman for the state’s Ministry of Education, acknowledged the closure of the schools to PREMIUM TIMES but would not elaborate.
The state’s capital, Dutse, has a primary school headmaster who confided in this newspaper that “We are asked to shut down and release the pupils immediately.”
“The pupils are yet to sit for the Basic Science and Islamic Religion Knowledge (IRK) examinations before they were asked to leave.
“The closure is indefinite until further notice. We believe that it is due to the deteriorating security situation in the state,” the headmaster added.
Additionally, a student at Nuhu Sanusi Government Day Secondary School informed reporters that they were instructed to leave without completing the Civic Education exam scheduled to take place tomorrow.
The event happened after an attack on immigration officials last Tuesday in the state’s Magari Local Government Area. An officer was killed and two others were hurt in the assault.
The Ministry of Education has yet to inform the command as to what precipitated the rash decision, according to Lawan Adam, the police spokesperson in Jigawa, who also claimed that the Police Command in the state did not order the closure of the schools.