Ahead of the Nigerian presidential elections, students in unity colleges would proceed on a mid-term break from 15th February, the government has announced.
That is a day to the presidential and federal parliamentary elections billed for the 16th.
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu made this disclosure on Friday adding that the break would last till 19th February.
The minister, who was speaking at the 7th edition of the Ministerial News Briefing in Abuja explained that it would afford parents the time to pick up and return their children, from and to school.
“Our students in unity schools are not of voting age but we adjusted the mid-term break to make it fall within the elections period.
“The essence of this break is to enable parents have maximum time to go and cast their votes and have the freedom to bring their children and wards back to school.
“Even if the child is not of voting age, the parent is of voting age.”
The break is only for presidential elections.
“There is no break for governorship elections,” he said.
Mr Adamu also clarified that the development does not affect other types of schools.
“This is for only unity schools in the country. We are not shutting down other schools.”
EduCeleb.com reports that Nigeria’s 104 unity schools are federal secondary schools spread across the country, which exist in forms of federal government colleges, federal government girls’ colleges and federal science and technical colleges.