Some secondary school students in Bauchi on Monday took to the streets to protest a new policy aimed at separating boys from girls in public schools across the state.
On September 9, Aliyu Tilde, the state commissioner for education, announced that the state government had concluded plans to separate male and female students in secondary schools.
Briefing journalists after the state executive council (SEC) meeting, Tilde said the development was to address moral decadence, which he said had become prevalent among students of secondary schools.
He also said the policy would be executed “whenever and wherever it is possible”.
“We came up with an idea, let us extend that 1978 abrogation of core education policy to cover our day secondary schools as well, wherever and whenever it is possible,” he had said.
“Wherever is possible is talking about the geography and whenever is possible is talking about the distribution in time. That is, maybe it is possible tomorrow or not in terms of separating them completely.”
But when schools resumed on Monday, the protesting students asked the state government to halt the initiative.
A source in Bauchi metropolis confirmed the development to TheCable Lifestyle.
It is understood that the protest, organised by male students, grounded commercial activities along some roads in the metropolis as the students marched to the emir’s palace and the ministry of education to register their annoyance.
The commissioner for education is yet to react to the protest as of the time of this report.
Below are photos of from the protest:
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