Nigeria's general elections will commence on February 16 and the Federal Government has approved a five-day holiday for students of all unity schools.  

The Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, on Friday announced the mid-term break and said it would begin on February 15 and last till February 19.

Adamu made the announcement at the ”7th edition of the Ministerial News Briefing” in Abuja on Friday.

“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 date for the mid-term break will be from Friday, February 15 to Tuesday, February 19. This is for only unity schools in the country.

“We are not shutting down other schools.

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“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.

While reacting to the strike that was called off by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on February 7, Adamu commended everyone involved in the negotiations and expressed joy over the development.

“All was for the development of the country’s educational system," he said.

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