Mozambique schools remain shut amid militant threat

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This is the first time schools in the region have closed because of the jihadist violence which began in October 2017. /Getty Images

Five schools in northern Mozambique have failed to reopen for learning due to the threat posed by militants in the area.

The failure to reopen is reported to have affected about 3,000 mainly junior pupils and more than 40 teachers in Cabo Delgado.

Mozambique’s new academic year started on Tuesday.

Authorities have resorted to relocating the pupils and teachers as a precautionary measure, with the security situation still a concern.

“Currently we relocated the teachers to some schools in relatively safer places. Some pupils have also been relocated,” said Ostlia Lucas, an education official in Cabo Delgado’s Muidumbe District, where the schools are closing.

This is the first time schools in the region have closed because of the jihadist violence which began in October 2017.

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