Public primary and secondary schools in Enugu were abruptly shut on Friday following campaign rally of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that students of various public secondary schools were seen going home as early as 10am.
A student from Day Secondary School, Independence Layout who spoke to NAN anonymously said that their teachers told them to go home because of the visit of Atiku.
It was the same situation in other public schools including O’connor Primary School, Queen’s School, Urban Girls Secondary School and Government Training College in Enugu town.
The student, however, said they were not mandated to attend the campaign rally holding in Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium.
Meanwhile, some parents in the state have expressed mixed feelings on the decision to send students home over a political campaign rally.
Mr Francis Ogbu said it was wrong to have suspended academic activities due to an individual’s political aspiration.
Ogbu said that underaged students need not be dragged into politics.
Mrs Uzoamaka Onukwuburi wondered what may have informed the closure of public schools before the usual time.
Onukwuburi said that she could not understand why politics had degenerated to the level of suspending academic activities due to a campaign rally.