Lagos govt stops vacation teaching over fear of kidnappers
The Lagos State Government will not hold its annual holiday special teaching this year .
The teaching tagged , ‘ Science Vacation Course for Secondary School Students , ’ is meant to boost pupils ’ interest in science courses.
The government in a memo to all the permanent secretaries in the six educational districts in the state blamed “ security situation” and “ threats by kidnappers ” for the decision .
It was gathered that the state government also based its decision on the fact that the six kidnapped pupils of the Lagos State Model College , Igbonla , Epe , were not yet freed.
The pupils were kidnapped around 6 am on Thursday , May 25 , after the kidnappers broke into the school ’ s hostel .
The six pupils are Peter Jonah , Isiaq Rahmon , Adebayo George , Judah Agbausi, Pelumi Philips and Farouq Yusuf .
The kidnappers had last Sunday promised to release the children, but had yet to do so after 54 days (as of Monday ) in captivity .
In the memo sighted on Monday and signed by a director in the state Ministry of Education, the government also said its officials would move round the designated centres to make sure that none of them opened for the course .
It read in part, “ I wish to inform you that the 2017 Science Vacation Course which had earlier been scheduled to hold between July 24 and August 25 , 2017 will no longer hold due to the security in the country, especially the recent threats by kidnappers .
“…You are , hereby, requested to ensure that the selected centres comply with this directive . ”
The response of the Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr . Idiat Adebule , who also supervises the education ministry , is being awaited .
Source: The Punch