All schools in the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory, FCT, are to be appropriately fenced through direct labour.
The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello gave the directive after he received a brief from the management team of the FCT Education Secretariat led by its Acting Secretary, Mrs. Naomi Biki, in Abuja.
The Minister instructed that site plans should be drawn up and documented for proper identification of the boundaries of each school to checkmate incidence of encroachment.
Malam Bello frowned at the manner in which some of the schools were left porous without perimeter fencing with large population of students and pupils in spite of the security challenges in the country.
He emphasized that, the security of live and properties in public schools must be adequately safeguarded to ensure that capital investments are put in place for maximum benefit to the residents.
According to him, “direct labour would be used to cut cost and to enable the FCT Administration fence as many schools as possible this fiscal year’’.
Malam Bello also decried the poor performance of students in the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) and National Examination Council (NECO) of Nigeria examinations in the Territory and insisted on the immediate reversal of the situation.
He charged the Management to restructure their priorities by paying more attention to the improvement of the quality of teaching and educational materials in order to raise the performance level of students at the two national examinations.
The Minister further gave the assurance that henceforth, the FCT Administration would give attention to the proper and regular feeding of students; ensure adequate water supply, cleanliness of the environment and security of all schools in the Territory.
In his remarks, the FCT Permanent Secretary Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye reiterated the need for Management of the education Secretariat to go back to the drawing board to ensure that the education system in the FCT takes its proper position.