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FCTA to establish more senior secondary schools –Official

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has concluded arrangements to establish more Senior Secondary Schools in order to reduce congestion.

Acting Secretary of the FCT Education Secretariat, Malam Umar Marafa, made the disclosure after inspecting some Secondary schools within the capital city on Tuesday in Abuja.

Marafa said that the measure would ensure residents of FCT had access to quality education which was necessary for development.

He explained that the secretariat got an approval to establish more secondary schools, saying “hopefully very soon new schools will spring up to decongest the present ones.

“We are going to see the viability of the areas that we have to establish schools and how much funds will be available for the project.”

He said that the aim of the inspection was to ascertain that all teaching and other facilities are in good condition before schools fully resumes.

This, according to him, will make learning easier for students and ensure that they have a successful session.

“We are very much satisfied with what we have seen on ground so far in all the schools we visited.

“We have visited Government Science and Technical Schools, Area 3 Garki and Government Secondary School, Jabi. We have seen the primary and junior secondary schools,” Marafa said.

The Chairman FCT Secondary Education Board, Alhaji Yahaya Mohammad, said there are 62 secondary schools under the board, adding that 18 are boarding schools while 44 are days schools.

Mohammad said that on daily basis the board received request from various communities for the establishment of senior secondary schools.

“On my table, I have more than 150 requests for the establishment of senior secondary schools from communities and we are making critical analysis on those requests.”

He said that the board was making efforts to address shortage of manpower and inadequate teachers in some critical subjects.

The Executive Chairman, FCT Universal Basic Education Board, Alhaji Kabir Matazu, disclosed that the board was working towards completion of all the schools project inherited from the previous administration.

“As I speak to you now we have almost reached 90 per cent completion of those projects.”

Matazu, who said that the standard of public schools in FCT could be compared with any private schools in the territory, advised Abuja residents to patronise the FCT schools.

He said the board was doing it best to ensure that all public schools were fenced, provided more security and all Head Teachers maintained peace within their institutions.
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Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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