Reports emerging suggest that boarding schools in Borno State have been ordered to shut down indefinitely due to security concerns. Analysts have described the state as the worst hit by the Boko Haram crisis.
“All boarding secondary schools in the state, with the exception of those in (the state capital) Maiduguri and (the town of) Biu, will close down with immediate effect until further notice,” the Borno State Government said.
Borno is known as the spiritual home of Boko Haram Islamists whose name when translated loosely from Hausa means “Western education is forbidden”. The abductions of the 200 Chibok schoolgirls, as well as the recent abduction 100 schoolgirls from Dapchi in Yobe State, have also led closures.
It has been discovered that the most targeted by the Boko Haram insurgents are the schools that teach a supposed secular curriculum. UNICEF disclosed that more than 2,296 teachers have been killed in the insurgency, with about 1,400 schools destroyed in the wider northeast region.
According to the Borno State commissioner for home affairs, information, and culture, Muhammad Bulama on Wednesday, the decision was prompted by the recent attack on Rann by Boko Haram on March 1, 2018.
Eight security officials and three aid workers were killed in the attack which was launched on the remote town located near the border with Cameroon, and this led to the withdrawal of aid agencies.
The closure of schools due to the attacks is not surprising as there have been recent closures due to deadly attacks, like the one in Buni Yadi, Yobe State where more than 40 students were killed in a Boko Haram attack.
Bulama promised that urgent and immediate measures were being put in place to ensure the tightening of security, although the closures of academic institutions will stand as the latest bane of education in an area where the level of education is low.