Bauchi State Government has ordered the
closure of the ‘Sa’adu Zungur’ model primary and
secondary school in Bauchi State had been regarded as a normal school until recent shocking discovery, which has necessitated a closure order by the state government.
This followed discovery that some senior
students conduct illegal marriages among
themselves within the school.
Male students paid N500 as dowry to their
female counterparts as precondition for their
marriages, while classmates of both the ‘grooms
and brides’ contribute money for refreshments at
the ceremonies usually conducted secretly.
Although male and female students study in
separate classes in the school, attention of the
management was drawn to such illegal
marriages last week when an SS2 student (name
withheld) organised an illegal wedding ceremony
The cheers and noise reportedly attracted
teachers who were still within the school
premises after learning hours.
The teachers rushed to the classroom and
discovered that a wedding ceremony was taking
place between the two students.
The matter was then reported to the school
Principal, Malam Ahmed Zailani, who informed
the Ministry of Education.
The development which angered government
officials led to the closure of both the primary
and secondary sections of the school.
Bauchi Deputy Governor, Engineer Nuhu Gidado,
in his reaction attributed the children’s illegal
marriages to the threats of moral decadence in
A statement on Monday by his media aide,
Yakubu Adamu, disclosed that he directed the
immediate closure of the school on Friday, 10th
March, 2017 after being notified about the issue.
The Deputy Governor who oversees the Ministry
of Education, added 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 report before the school would be re-opened.”
Wonders never really end, right?