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Insecurity: Parents in Kaduna fear for safety of children, wards as schools resume

As schools resume across the country, parents are scared of allowing their children back to classes

As a new academic session for schools commence across the country, some parents in Kaduna state have vowed not to allow their children and wards resume school, citing safety concerns.

A circular from Kaduna State Ministry of Education, signed by Adama Yahaya, had ordered both private and public schools in the State to resume on Sunday September 4, 2022.

But reacting to the circular, some parents vowed to resist such a move.

The President of the Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria (PTAN), an umbrella body for school administrators and parents had also on Sunday called on the Federal, State governments and heads of security agencies to deploy security personnel to strategic places.

Alh Haruna Danjuma, chairman of the association said it was apparent the insecurity across the country should be addressed before students are asked to go back to school.

“I cannot make any further mistake sending my children to school if the government did not provide a secure and conducive atmosphere of learning for these students,” a concerned parent Madam Dorcas Salisu Umoru said.

According to her, she was still going through the pains of her uncle’s son who was abducted from Bethel School in Maraba, Kaduna, as she paid ransom to secure his freedom.

Mr. Haruna James said would never allow himself to be caught in the web.

“Before my children step into Government Technical College, Malali, I must go there, inspect facilities, security arrangements on ground. I cannot exchange the lives of my children with education,” he declared.

Some other parents also appealed to the State government to draft more security presence in all the interior villages, adding that most villages have been deserted by the residents.

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