Attacks on schools may increase out-of-school children –SSANU

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities has said that the perennial attacks on schools and abduction of school children may worsen illiteracy in the country as many parents might withdraw their wards from school.

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The union also said the abductions could add to the 13.5 million out-of-school children in the country and further threaten the education system which it described as the bedrock of national development.

SSANU in a communique issued at the end of its 40th National Executive Council meeting held from September 8-10, 2021 at the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nasarawa State, by its National President, Mohammed Ibrahim, therefore, called on the Federal Government to urgently address the slide by strengthening the security agencies.

The university workers described the invasion of the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, as a national embarrassment and disgrace, “indicating a total collapse of the security architecture of the country.”

The union stated, “This dangerous dimension has forced several states to shut down schools in violence-prone areas. This will no doubt, add to the over 13.5million out-of-school children in Nigeria today.

“From all indications, this is a great threat to the educational system, bearing in mind that the economic growth of any nation directly depends on the level of her educational standard and stability.

“NEC, therefore, calls on the Federal Government to urgently stem this ugly tide by vigorously strengthening the security agencies to ensure effective tackling of this monstrous menace.”

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Updated: September 13, 2021 — 5:26 pm

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