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Abuja Schools shut to train Election Adhoc hands

by CredibleNews

Adebisi Oyindamola
Students of Festival Road Primary School and Government Secondary School (GSS) Garki, Abuja have been sent home to allow INEC use their schools for training NYSC Corps members as ad hoc staff for the upcoming elections.

.Scores of students were seen scattered around major roads this morning, after being told to return home by the authorities.

Credible News Correspondent also gathered that three schools were selected for the training exercise across Abuja Municipal Area Council, they are Festival Road Primary School, Government Secondary School, Garki and Government Secondary School, Maitama.

These schools will be closed for three days for the smooth running of the training exercise, because their classrooms will be utilized to train selected NYSC Corps members.

Security operatives were also stationed in the selected schools to ensure that no student remained in the school while the training lasted.

One of the teachers of GSS Garki, who pleaded anonymity said this is not the first time learning activities would be suspended for other government projects.

“This is not the best thing but it is also not the first time the school will be shut down, you know we are a very strategic school even during the Abuja festival the school was closed down for this reason too”, he informed.

He said because the school resumed barely three weeks ago some teachers will have to extend teaching hours in order to meet up with the syllabus, after resumption on Friday.

On the other hand, a staff of Festival Primary school disclosed that the school had no qualms concerning the temporary shut down.

He reasoned that since the school was government owned, there was no problem using government facilities for government projects.

Responding to why parents weren’t informed earlier about the closure, he said the circular mandating the school’s close down arrived after school hours yesterday.

He said parents who brought pupils this morning were told to return home at the gate.

However a parent who came to pick her two kids from the road side where they sat with a sullen look, said one of the teachers just called her to come pick her kids.

She complained that her four year old kid had been roaming around without supervision, but advised that the school authority should always inform parents through text messages telling them about the school’s closure.

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