Daily Trust (Abuja)

26 August 2014

Nigeria: Shekarau Meets Commissioners Over Extension of School Holiday

Minister of Education Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau will today meet with state education commissioners on the possibility of extending the current school holiday as a precautionary measure to check spread of the Ebola Virus Disease.

Shekarau's spokesman, Sule Ya'u Sule, told Daily Trust yesterday that participants at the meeting would deliberate on the matter before the government makes any pronouncement on it.

"The minister has got the mandate of the president to meet with all education commissioners from the 36 states of the federation to discuss the issue and come up with a stand," he said.

According to Ya'u, the matter concerns all the country, hence the need to allow stakeholders in the sector to analyze the situation and decide on it.

"The stakeholders will at the end of the meeting come up with a recommendation upon which government will decide whether to extend the summer holiday or not," he said. Pupils and students of primary and secondary schools nationwide are expected to resume next month.

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