The education sector has become one of the greatest casualties of the lingering ethno-political crises in Kaduna State, worsening the already poor standard in the sector, according to stakeholders.
They noted that the crises had affected students' enrolment, teacher’s performance as well as caused overcrowding of students in parts of the state.
The Public Relations Officer, National Commission for Nomadic Education (NCNE), Mr Fidelis Idoko, said that many schools for nomads were overcrowded due to the lingering crises.
He said the crises had displaced many nomads, forcing them to relocate to safer areas, adding the relocation had resulted in overcrowding of schools in many locations.
Idoko said hundreds of nomads were forced to move from southern parts of Kaduna to other safer areas such as Saminaka, Lere, Birnin Gwari and other areas.
The state chairman of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), Mr Audu Amba, condemned the recent attack on schools in Maiduguri, saying that it would affect government effort to uplift standard of edcuation.
He said the crises in the region had forced non indiginous traders, teachers and other professionals to relocate.
“This has caused a lot of damage to the education sector as teachers' perfomance, students' enrolment are seriously affected.
He advised people in the state, especially youths to cooperate with the government to ensure peace and development in the state.
“We should rally around the government to assist it in checkmating the activities of miscreants,’’ he said.
The initiator of “Diamond-Crest for Youth Education Foundation”, an NGO, Mr Gideon Onyeadi, said the lingering crises had stalled development in all sectors of development.
He said the crises had forced closure of schools pending the return of normalcy in the affected areas.
He urged people to be vigilant and protect students against violent attacks.
“We, as citizens, and those that stay around school environments should be vigilant and watch people that come in and out of the environment.’’