About 120,000 students in public secondary schools across northeast Borno state are now out of school as 85 secondary schools have been closed indefinitely following deadly attacks by Boko Haram Islamists.
The terror group has vowed to stop children from attending school. The sect’s name means “Western education is sinful” in the Hausa language.
“We reported to school on Friday last week (March 14) but to our shock the principal of the school told us he had received orders from the ministry of education to close down the school indefinitely,” teacher Suleiman Gana told AFP.
“He (the principal) told us the decision affects all public secondary schools in the state and was taken as a precautionary measure to safeguard lives of teachers and students from Boko Haram attacks,” Gana said.
A Borno state official who spoke on condition of anonymity also confirmed the closure of the schools to AFP.
Over 700 have been killed in more than 40 attacks in 2014 according to Human Rights Watch, making it one of the bloodiest years since the attack by Boko Haram began in 2009.