.Govt closes school
By Patience Michael, Bauchi
'Sa'adu Zungur' Model Primary and Secondary School, Bauchi has been shut down following alleged illegal marriages conducted among the students.
It was gathered that male students used to pay the token of N500 as dowry to their female counterparts as precondition for their marriages even as classmates of both the 'grooms and brides' contribute money to purchase snacks being consumed at the ceremonies.
Our correspondent learnt that the attention of the teachers was drawn to such illegal marriages only last week when an SS II student (names withheld) organized an illegal wedding ceremony at a free classroom for him and his lover who was also a senior student where the teachers heard cheers and noise that indicated a celebration.
The situation made the teachers to rush to the venue where the cheers emanated and discovered that a wedding ceremony was taking place between the two students.
The matter was then reported to the school's principal, Malam Ahmed Zailani, who also consulted the state Ministry of Education on the appropriate action to be taken against the students, the development that led to the instant closure of both the primary and secondary sections of the school.
In a statement by his Special Assistant on Communication, Yakubu Adamu, the state Deputy Governor and Commissioner of Education, Nuhu Gidado, attributed the children's illegal marriages to the threats of moral decadence in the society.
He said that he directed the immediate closure of the school on Friday, March 10, 2017 after being notified about the issue.
Gidado said that a committee which comprises all directors in the state Ministry of Education, the school authority, teachers as well as the Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) was constituted and tasked to investigate the matter and come up with a detailed and sincere report before the school would be re-opened.