Students of senior secondary schools in Chibok have successfully written the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examinations after six years of closure due to Boko Haram insurgency.
This was disclosed by Brig.-Gen. Abdul-Khalifa Ibrahim, Acting General Officer Commanding, 7 Division, Nigerian Army, while hosting members of Education in Emergency Working Group Nigeria on Thursday in Maiduguri.
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It will be recalled that the Chibok schools were closed after over 200 students were abducted by the Boko Haram terrorists from the Government Girls Secondary School in 2014.
While the Federal Government has secured the release of some of the abducted girls, others are still in captivity till date.
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Ibrahim, who is also the Commander Sector 1, Operation Lafiya Dole, was represented by the Chief of Staff of the division, Brig.-Gen. Ifeanyi Otu.
He said the insurgency conflict had its foundation on the apathy the Boko Haram sect has for western education and its impact on education in the North East is unimaginable.
According to him, “We want to thank God that the conflict in the entire North East has been brought under control. We are all witnesses to what happened in the recent past like the abduction of the Chibok girls, the slaughtering of students at Buni Yadi and abduction of students at Dapchi.
“These are all that happened and we have turned around that narrative. It will be gladdening to note that for the first time in the past six years, WAEC successfully held WASSCE in Chibok with the military providing security,’’ he said.
Ibrahim stated that the Nigerian army had continued to support the resuscitation of education in the North-East while fighting to secure the region from insurgents.
“Let me equally say that the Chief of Army Staff has been making a deliberate effort through the education corps to post in teachers to all schools within the North-East states.
“We are really doing enough to ensure that education is resuscitated and as we all know, education is one thing that liberates the individual and liberates the minds. In the first place, this conflict would not have thrived if not that there was high illiteracy rate in this zone,’’ he said.
Earlier, Dr Afolake Taiwo, Leader of Delegation, EiEWGN and Director Education, Ministry of Defence, said the purpose of the visit was to sensitise the division on the celebration of International Day of protecting education against attack.