The Minister disclosed that the main reason for declaring the holiday to enable parents of the students have time to exercise their voting powers in the coming elections.
Mallam Adamu Adamu said:
“Our students in unity schools are not of voting age but we adjusted the mid-term break to make it fall within the elections period. The date for the mid-term break will be from Friday, Feb. 15 to Tuesday, Feb. 19. This is for only unity schools in the country. We are not shutting down other schools. The essence of this break is to enable parents have maximum time to go and cast their votes and have the freedom to bring their children and wards back to school. Even if the child is not of voting age, the parent is of voting age. The break is only for presidential elections.”
“There is no break for governorship elections,”
The Minister of Education also reacted to the recently suspended strike by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on the 7th of February.
”All was for the development of the country’s educational system.”
“I am happy to announce that ASUU has called off its strike.
“In spite of my anger and anxiety with ASUU, I must also commend their patriotism and public spiritedness because the last few weeks were about the struggle for the education system and not their allowances,”