The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have vacated public schools within Maiduguri town where they have been sheltered by the Borno State Government.
On Tuesday, the State Emergency Management Agency evacuated the IDPs to alternative camps for the reopening and commencement of academic session in public schools. Three public schools had already been vacated as thousands of relocated IDPs adjust in their new camps.
Borno State education officials said that the closure of schools had been a setback for the state, but the plan is to get the kids back to their classes as soon as possible. Six out of the 23 makeshift camps for the IDPs in Maiduguri were located within boarding public schools. The schools were shut down to make room for dislodged persons from local council areas in the heat of the insurgency.
Displaced persons from the Government College Maiduguri had stayed the longest in the temporary shelter, following the taking over of their town by the outlawed Boko Haram since May, 2014. Read more