In its bid to ensure the security and safety of students, Sokoto state government on Thursday directed a temporary merger of boarding schools across border towns earlier closed.
The merger took effect from Friday, January 8, 2021.
Accordingly, pupils of Government Boarding Primary Schools in Balle, Isa, and Jabo are to return to their respective schools for the continuation of classes.
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal who gave the approval for the merger in a statement by the PRO the State Ministry for Basic and Secondary Education, Malam Nura Bello Maikwanci, said the schools were merged with other boarding schools located in more secured towns.
Hitherto, the release said the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Dr Muhammad Bello Abubakar Guiwa confirmed that all necessary arrangements had been made to ensure the success of the merger.
Guiwa also said all Covid-19 protocols would be adhered strictly in all the affected Schools.
Affected by the development included; GSS Kebbe moved to GSS Sanyinna, Sultan Muhammadu Tambari Illela to GSS Gwadabawa, GSS S/Birnin Gobir to Sani Dangyadi Unit Secondary School, Farfaru.
Also, Government Girls Secondary School Illela will move to HABMASS, Sokoto, UBEC S/Birnin Gobir to HABMASS, Sokoto, GGC Rabah to Government Girls Unity Secondary School Bodinga, GSS Gada to GSS Kware, GSS Gandi to GSS Wurno.
Others are GSS Goronyo to GSS Wurno, GSS Tureta to Sultan Abubakar College, Sokoto, GSS Isa to STC, Sokoto while GTC Binji to ABA, Farfaru and OOTC Bafarawa to GTC, Farfaru accordingly.
Meanwhile, the state government called on parents of the affected students and pupils to send their wards to the schools they were transferred to.
In the same vein, the affected Principals are required to take immediate action.