Just In: Resumption dates for Primary, Secondary schools in FCT changed

Mr Muhammad Bello, the FCT minister has approved the review of the 2016/2017 academic calendar for all primary and secondary schools in the territory.

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Bello made the disclosure in a statement made on Wednesday, August 31.

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The statement was signed by Anthony Ogunleye, an assistant director and head of information (Education Secretariat).

According to the statement, the review affects all public and private schools in the FCT.

It said that First Term would begin on Sunday, September 18, 2016 (for boarding schools) and Monday, September 19, 2016, (for day schools) and end on Friday, December 17, 2016.

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Similarly, Second Term would start on Sunday, January 9, 2017, and terminate on Friday, March 31, 2017, while Third Term begins on Sunday, April 23, 2017 and ends on Friday, July 21, 2017.

The statement directed all schools to take note of the review and comply accordingly.

NAN reports that FCT schools were hitherto scheduled to resume on Sept. 4, 2016, for boarding schools and Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, for day schools.

According to the statement, the Eid el Kabir celebrations coming up in the second week of September necessitated the review of the First Term resumption date.

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Meanwhile, All Progressive Congress (APC) Chairman in Benue state, Comrade Abba Yaro has assured pupils that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari will restore the glory of primary education in the county.

Addressing pupils of St Theresa’s Primary School, Makurdi, when they visited him, he said the APC manifesto placed priority on laying a solid foundation for educational development of the youth.

He said during the 16 years of Peoples democratic Party (PDP) rule primary school education was neglected, thereby giving advantage to private school owners to exploit parents by increasing schools fees yearly.

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The Nation reports that an APC chieftain, Chief John Akperashi, called on the government to free parents from the stranglehold of private school owners by upgrading public schools.

The former House of Representative candidate for Kwande/Ushongo federal constituency praised the steps taken by APC administration to reposition education in the country and called for support from stakeholders.

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