Freed Bethel students to write ongoing NECO examination, says Kaduna Gov’t

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The Kaduna State Government has said it will ensure that the freed students of the Bethel Baptist High School write the ongoing NECO examination.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Education, Dr Shehu Muhammad, on Tuesday, July 27, 2021.

He said that the state government was working with the council toward achieving this.

Muhammad added that the decision was aimed at celebrating the release of the students.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the kidnappers released 28 students on Sunday and released another four on Monday, bringing to 32, the number of freed students from the estimated 121 kidnapped ones.

“There are students among them that might have registered for the ongoing NECO Senior Secondary School Certificate examination.

“The Ministry of Education and NECO Zonal Office, Kaduna, will ensure that they write their examination at the nearest centre to the students,” Muhammed said.

NAN also reports that the kidnappers on July 5 invaded the Bethel Baptist High School, Maraban Damishi, in Chikun Local Government Area of the state and abducted the students.

The commissioner rejoiced and congratulated the parents, guardians, the management, and staff of the school over the release of the students.

“We want to commend the patience and resilience of parents, guardians, management and staff of Bethel Baptist High School throughout this trying period.

“We also commend all the good people of Kaduna State and security agencies for the significant roles they have been playing to ensure the safe release of these students.

“It is our prayer that the released students put this horrific experience behind as they forge ahead with their lives,’’ the Commissioner said.

He assured those whose children were still being held by the kidnappers that the state government would do the needful to ensure their safe release.


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