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7 Mar 2018

12 schools shutdown in Benue over farmers/herdsmen clashes

The National Commission for Nomadic Education has lamented the adverse effects of clashes between herdsmen and farmers on nomadic education across the country.

It said that the clashes in Benue State alone had led to the closure of 12 out of the 24 nomadic schools in the state.

The Executive Secretary, Prof. Bashir Usman, disclosed this on Tuesday at a workshop for nomadic teachers in the South-South region held in Benin, EdoState.

He said, “The conflict is definitely affecting child enrolment in nomadic schools, particularly in Benue State. We have 24 nomadic schools there; 12 of them have been shut down completely due to the conflict and they have all moved toNasarawa State.

“The other 12 schools that are not affected are fishers and migrant primary schools. But the 12 nomadic schools have been completely shut down now.”

Bashir explained that the workshop was organised to train teachers in the region on the use of curriculum guides, record keeping, multi-grade teaching techniques as well as guidance and counselling.

“Until we train and retrain teachers, the quality of output will definitely not be qualitative. Guidance and counselling is particularly important to us because it will help the teachers to counsel some of the pupils, who have been traumatised in the conflict, so that they can fit into the society,” he added.

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