All social activities, weddings, performances, and entertainment are prohibited on public school grounds, according to the Kaduna State Government.
Dr Yusuf Saleh, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, claimed this in a Kaduna interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.
The action, according to Saleh, was made to protect school infrastructure from vandals.
“For a very long time some of our schools were being used for all kinds of activities, and at the end of the day, school facilities were being vandalised.
“Every day, we receive complaints and demands from citizens to construct, renovate, or fix one facility or the other in schools, and this involves a lot of money.
“It is, therefore, critical to take proactive steps to protect the school’s infrastructure and this is one of such steps,” he said.
He said that a circular had already been sent to all secondary and primary school principals and head teachers, instructing them to avoid renting out school facilities for events and social gatherings.
He acknowledged that some of the schools lack fences, but said that plans were in the works to install perimeter fences in all of the state’s schools.
He went on to say that the ministry was strengthening its partnership and collaboration with the Ministry of Internal Protection and Home Affairs, as well as the Kaduna State Vigilant Service, in order to ensure the necessary security in schools.
According to him, the measures will aid in addressing security issues that are preventing several schools in the state from operating smoothly.
Tijjani Aliyu, People Co-Chair of the Kaduna Basic Education Accountability Mechanism, praised the state administration for responding to citizens’ calls to protect school buildings in response to the development.
He claims that the measure will limit the amount of damage to school facilities caused by social activities held on school grounds.
At a stakeholders’ forum on the difficulties facing girls’ education in the state, he added, KADBEAM encouraged the government to find a long-term solution to the willful destruction of school facilities.
Stakeholders at the interaction, which was funded by Partnership to Engage, Reform, and Learn, a UK governance program, underlined the importance of community members helping the government maintain school infrastructure, according to him.