PHOTOS: Chibok pupils finally back in school years after Boko Haram shut them out

Pupils of Chibok schools, who were forced to abandon schools by series of Boko Haram attacks, especially the abduction of 276 schoolgirls from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, have now resumed school.

Freelance journalist Femi Owolabi, who was at public primary schools in Chibok, shared photos from his visit.

According to him, the kids “have now become academically poor”.

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Chibok pupils finally back in school years after

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Chibok pupils finally back in school years after2

Chibok pupils finally back in school years after3

Chibok pupils finally back in school years after4

Chibok pupils finally back in school years after5

Chibok pupils finally back in school years after6

“Some of them cannot even write their names correctly again,” Owolabi quoted one of the teachers as saying. “They’ve been out of school for years, and most of them have been on the farm with their parents,” he said.

Below is his full report:

Ladies and gentlemen, guests and friends, I feel excited to announce to you that public primary schools and especially, the Junior Day Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, are now opened after years that academic activities have been shut down due to Boko Haram insurgency.Many thanks to the Nigerian Army Command in Chibok who has continually assured us of maximum protection and security for our children.

Sadly, however, after a series of interaction with these kids, I noticed how academically poor they had become.

“Some of them cannot even write their names correctly again,” one of the teachers, regrettably, told me. “They’ve been out of school for years, and most of them have been on the farm with their parents,” he added.

The students whose schools have been opened couldn’t hide their excitement as they told me they’ve always looked forward to returning to school.

With this development, ladies and gentlemen, guests and friends, permit me to authoritatively say that we are winning the war!

My reaction when I got to the school and saw it opened? To hell with Boko Boko, our kids are back in school!

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