Nigeria: '500 Girls Denied Admission Over Accommodation'

22 February 2018

The principal of Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS) Dukpa, Gwagwalada Area Council, Hajiya Fatima Muhammad, said shrejected over 500 students that sought to be admitted into the school due to lack of enough accommodation.

Muhammad told the chairman of the FCT Secondary Education Board (SEB), Alhaji Musa Yahaya Muhammad, and members of the board, during tour of the school on Tuesday that lack of enough accommodation was one of the major challenge facing the school.

She said the hostels were only able to accommodate limited numbers of students.

The principal, who took the board chairman and his members round the hostel, appealed to the board to expedite action in constructing additional hostels in the school.

"The Army Barracks very close to us supply us with water but we would appreciate if we can have a borehole with overhead tank inside the school," she said.

Chairman of the FCT SEB, Alhaji Musa Yahaya Muhammad, said that enough provision had already been made in the 2018 budget to ameliorate some challenges facing secondary schools in the FCT.

He said the issue of insufficient hostel was not restricted to the school alone, saying most of the boarding he and his team had visited were facing the same problem.

"We have identified these challenges now and God willing, something drastic will be done as soon as our budget for 2018 is passed," he said.

The board chairman said additional senior secondary schools across the territory would be established in order to also decongest some of the schools that are over populated.

City News reports that the board team also inspected secondary schools at Zuba, Tungan - Maje, Gwagwalada School for the Gifted, Government Secondary School, and Hajj Camp in Gwagwalada.

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