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We Lost 350 Teachers, 512 Schools To Insurgency- SUBEB

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By Olamide Stanley

The Executive Chairman, Borno State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Shettima Bukar Kullima has disclosed that the Boko Haram Insurgence had taken the life of 350 Teachers and destroyed over 512 Schools.

The chairman revealed this at the opening ceremony of the 14th quarterly meeting of Universal Basic Education (UBEC). “Boko Haram insurgency have afflicted the basic education delivery in Borno State. The terrorists have destroyed not fewer then 512 schools, when you translate this to classrooms, it is over 1000 classrooms.

“In addition, they also killed 350 teachers. The number of children are yet to be accounted for because most of the areas that are still under the occupation of Boko Haram are not safe for us to go into and take a head count. It is quite impossible.”

“In most of the peaceful areas, particularly Maidugri, Jere, Shani, Hawul, Bayo, Kwayo Kusar, schooling is going on there. Within Maiduguri and IDP camps, schools are functioning. The state government is aggressively pursuing the construction of schools. We are yet to get support from anywhere else. We are worse than conquered territory, so because of that only the state government is shouldering all the responsibilities.”

“As for books, we have gotten all the books that are being distributed but then the vandals are destroying the schools along with instructional materials. The few areas that are functioning have text books, although most of them are at variance with the curriculum that is being practised.”

According to the Executive Secretary, UBEC, Dikko Suleiman, he said that a new education strategy has been developed by UBEC which will cater for the needs of these areas to avoid drawbacks.

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