At least 10,000 secondary school students will be affected by the decision taken by the Federal Government last Wednesday, to temporarily shut down five unity colleges in the three states under emergency rule (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe), due to insecurity.

The affected unity colleges are: Federal Government Girls College, Munguno in Borno State; Federal Government College, Potiskum in Yobe State; Federal Government College, Buni Yadi in Yobe State; Federal Science and Technical College Lassa in Borno State; and Federal Science and Technical College, Michika in Adamawa State.

In a statement issued by the Special Assistant, Media to The Supervising Minister of Education, Mr. Simeon Nwakaudu, the candidates who registered for the 2014 WASSCE, NECO SSCE and BECE in FGGC Potiskum were directed to be absorbed in FGGC Bauchi to write their exams, which is expected to commence in May. Those who registered for the exams in FGGC Munguno and FGC Buni Yadi, which was recently attacked by the terrorist sect, would also be relocated to other schools.

“Other students who are affected by the shutting down of the schools, but not writing public examinations will be relocated to FGGC Bauchi, FGGC Bajoga, FGC Maiduguri, FSTC Kafanchan and FSTC Dayi,” the statement read.

In the aftermath of the attack on the school in Buni Yadi where 30 students and six others were murdered, arrangements are being made to ensure that the survivors receive psychological help and counselling to help overcome the trauma.