The continued onslaught and dreadful attacks being carried out by the Boko Haram insurgents has led to the closure of schools in many parts of Borno State for the past two years, an indigene of the state has lamented.
President, Federal Government College (FGC) Ikot Epene Alumni Association, North-central Chapter, Mr. Solomon Mshelbwala, disclosed this yesterday at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the association in Abuja.
According to Mshelbwala, the damage cannot be calculated in a situation whereby students have not been into school for the past two years.
He said: “It is something that has really degraded the school infrastructure not in terms of the building but also made most of the teaching personnel to flee most of the schools in the rural areas and it is only in the township where the teachers are still available, even where the schools still exist there are no teachers, and in some places there are no buildings anymore”.
“Therefore, if a student has not gone to schools for two years, there is no way he can cope with any situation. It’s like his whole school career has been destroyed and that for such a student whatever happens after that will only be like adult education.
“This is because he has missed the basic thing at a time he was supposed to be receiving instructions from primary school and two years he was not able to receive any instruction”, Mshelbwala explained.
The president decried the prevailing situation, where a whole generation has been negatively affected, stressing that government needs to do more in stopping the insurgency.
In the same vein, the International President of the Association, Mr. Bola Tayo, said the best policy of the Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd.) administration was the establishment of Unity Schools because it detribalised and fostered national unity.
Tayo stressed that the standard of education at that time was very high due to the seriousness showed in the sector by the then administration, which is what is lacking presently.