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Franktalk: How The North Can Truly End The Almajiri System

I don’t think anyone can doubt the commitment of Governor Nasir el’ Rufai to ending the practice of Almajiri system in Kaduna State.  Give it to him, his actions of late have shown that he is indeed tired of seeing child beggars on the streets of northern states. He didn’t mince his words either in a recent interview on Channels Television when he talked about leaving other northern governors behind should they decide to continue to treat the issue with levity. To him, that would be the governors’ business. But…

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COVID 19: How Is Nigerian Government Helping Students With Disabilities?

Whether we like it or not, remote learning is now the new normal in the education sector across the world. It doesn’t matter whether Nigeria is still struggling with it or not.  Even, in several other aspects of our lives, we are gradually getting used to doing things remotely.   COVID-19 has thrown up challenges and technology has been deployed to tackle them.  For example, some banks held their Annual General Meetings virtually in the midst of the total lockdown in most parts of Nigeria last week. The judiciary also sat…

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Beyond   Education Minister Adamu’s Directive On Online Migration

At long last, the Nigerian government has directed all tertiary institutions in the country to work out modalities of taking their classrooms online. It is not as if this is a spectacular achievement on the part of the government, but at least, it is a positive response to the calls I have been making as regards the need for Nigerian institutions to migrate online as being done in other parts of the world to minimise the negative effects of their forceful closure due to COVID-19. In saner climes, tertiary institutions…

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COVID-19: Why Invest Billions In Feeding Pupils Who Aren’t Learning Anything?

It is no longer news that COVID-19 has brought untold disruption to classroom education in almost every part of the world. Going by statistics from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), as of March 28, 2020, over 1.7 billion students in 120 countries and 60.2 million teachers were out of school due to closure of educational institutions in response to the pandemic. This, the world body says, has impacted nearly 90 per cent of the world school population. This is bad news even in nations that have…

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COVID-19:  Should Education Hit A Pause Or Are We Just Unprepared In Nigeria?

The world is facing its most trying and unprecedented times as the last few weeks have been most challenging for almost everybody.  What started in Wuhan, China, as an epidemic, has put the entire world in disarray.  Major streets across the globes have become empty. Both the rich and the poor are being ravaged by the plague of COVID-19, which the World Health Organisation has rightly described as a pandemic. Work places have been shut; religious and social gatherings banned and many countries are on total lockdown, in a bid…

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Almajiri:   Why The North Should Own Its Problem

Of recent, a preponderant number of Northern elite have been talking about the social and security threats posed by the army of out-of-school children otherwise known as the Almajiris in the North and the nation in general. Prominent Northerners, including the deposed Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, have expressed concerns over the menace that has denied so many children in the region their rights to basic education. Sometime ago, Katsina State governor, Aminu Masari, disclosed that the horrors locked in the Northern forest were as a result of children…

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Are Nigerian Universities Producing Too Many First Class Graduates?

I have heard many people argue that First Class has become cheap in Nigerian universities. They posit that some universities now distribute it as ‘pure water’ and that private universities are most guilty of this unwholesome practice, as some of them use it as a business strategy to keep attracting students.  A lecturer at the Department of Chemistry, University of Abuja, Dr Ben Ugwoke, once reportedly averred that universities awarded first class to make their products “competitive.”  Similarly, the Dean of Post Graduate Studies, Bayero University, Kano, Prof. Umaru Pate,…

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Ganduje And The Ban On Street Begging In Kano

Call it a mere coincidence.  You might be right. You may even choose to see it as just a positive response to some constructive criticisms – that could also be true.  Whichever way one decides to look at it, the decision of Kano State Governor Abdullahi   Ganduje to ban Almajiris   from begging on the streets of Kano, a few days after he was bashed for appointing special assistants on street lights, is a positive development. Recall that Ganduje had appointed three aides as Senior Special Assistants on Street Light Matters…

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Obiageli Mazi: Why No Nigerian Teacher Should Earn $100 Or Less Monthly

Suddenly, the wave of euphoria sparked across the social media by the story of Madam Obiageli Mazi of Shehu Sanda Kyarimi 2 Primary School, Borno State, has vanished, no thanks to the tragic massive attack launched on the state Monday night by the so-called technically defeated Boko Haram insurgents. The attack left 30 people dead, 18 vehicles burnt and several women and children abducted, according to the state government spokesperson, Ahmad Abdurrahman Bundi. Prior to the Monday attack, a viral video had shown Mazi’s encounter with Borno State Governor, Prof.…

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Imagine If Leah Sharibu Was A Nigerian President’s Daughter

On   November 27, 2000, 10-year-old Damilola Taylor died on the streets of South London. Damilola was on his way home from Peckham library when he was stabbed in the leg with broken glass by two brothers.  He was later found in a condemned building a few yards to his home.  For six years, the British justice system searched for Damilola’s   killers.   In what could be described as a national quest for justice, even career criminals agreed to testify against suspects in the case.  Eventually, Danny and Ricky Preddie were convicted…

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