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WAEC conducts first exam in Chibok six years after abduction of schoolgirls



The West African Examination Council WAEC have for the first time in six years conducted entrance exams for secondary schools in Chibok, Borno state.

Acting General officer commanding (GOC), 7 division, Abdul-Khalifa Ibrahim, made the disclosure while receiving members of the Education in Emergency Working Group (EiEWG) Nigeria, on Thursday in Maiduguri.

Schools in Chibok were shut down in 2014 after Boko Haram insurgents abducted more than 200 students from the Government Girls Secondary School in the area.

Although government has secured the release of some of the girls, a few others are still in the custody of the insurgents, while some are reported to have been married off.

Ibrahim, who doubles as the commander, sector 1, operation Lafiya Dole, was represented by chief of staff of the division, Ifeanyi Otu.

He noted the negative impact of insurgency on education in the north-east has been mitigated, adding that the situation has been brought under control, NAN reports.

“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.

“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.

“Let me equally say that the chief of army staff has been making deliberate efforts through the education corps to post 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.”

In her remarks, leader of the EiEWG delegation and director of education, ministry of defence, Afolake Taiwo, said the group’s visit was to commend the Nigerian army for its efforts in promoting education in the region.

“We are passionate about making sure that our education is not under attack and this is actually coming from the Safe School Declaration (SSD) that was signed by the president”.

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