Three secondary school teachers abducted by suspected herdsmen in Edo

Three secondary school teachers in Ebomisi Secondary School, Ugbogiobo village, Ovia North East Local Council of Edo State have been kidnapped by suspected herdsmen.

The three male teachers were reportedly abducted on Monday while returning from school. Three other female teachers who were said to be in the company of the abducted teachers were allowed to go by the kidnappers.

Students of the school yesterday abandoned classes and took to the Benin-Akure expressway to protest their teachers’ abduction. The students set up bonfires and left passengers and motorists stranded on the road for many hours.

Meanwhile, police in Niger State have arrested 104 suspects for various offences including cattle rustling, kidnapping, armed robbery, homicide, rape, and unlawful possession of firearms.

The command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bala Elkana, who disclosed this to journalists in Minna, said exhibits recovered during the arrests included three AK 47 rifles with 334 rounds of live ammunition, one SMG rifle with six live ammunition, 12 single barrel guns, four locally- made pistols, one revolver pistol and 672 cattle.

He said the arrests were made possible with the collaboration of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Tactical Unit and operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), who have helped in sustaining the tempo in the fight against armed bandits in the state.

Elkana, however, adjudged the month of February as the most peaceful in recent times. The Sole Administrator of Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State, Mr. Mike Inalegwu, has explained the influx of over 50,000 herdsmen in the area.

Inalegwu said the herdsmen were in the area for grazing and not to attack the communities. He urged the residents not to panic.He told journalists that their arrival was part of the agreement reached by Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom and his counterpart in Nasarawa, Tanko Al-Makura.

As part of the agreement, he said, “Fulani herdsmen would only be permitted to graze their cattle at the end of February, 2017 after the harvest season.”

He stressed that the decision was part of the measures to find a lasting solution to the perennial Agatu, Fulani crises.According to him, the Agatu communities are peace-loving people hence they allowed them to graze their cattle.

He, however, urged the herdsmen not to allow their cattle to stray to the farms of the host communities to avoid the destruction of their crops.
Inalegwu denied the involvement of Agatu youths in the alleged slaughtering of 52 cows at Adoka, in Otukpo Local Council of the state.

He said: “From the investigation we carried out, no Agatu youth was connected with the butchering in Adoka.”On the ultimatum given to Agatu elders to bring out the killer of a soldier in the area, he stressed that the community has not been able to apprehend him.

“It is unfortunate that a soldier who was on a peace- keeping mission was gruesomely murdered. We apologise to the chief of army staff and assure him that the council would do everything to arrest the culprit,” pledged.


Source: The Guardian

When DSS makes teachers’ discipline of pupils go wrong – By Iyabo Lawal and Ujunwa Atueyi

It is often stated that teachers’ rewards are in heaven but a recent attack on some of them in a school in Calabar by security agents indicates that there are dire consequences for those who discipline errant pupils, report IYABO LAWAL and UJUNWA ATUEYI

By all accounts, it was surreal. A well-scripted movie would not even have offered more drama. The Department of State Services (DSS) officials stormed a school and beat up teachers for the offence of disciplining a pupil who flouted a teacher’s instruction.

Trouble began when a civic education teacher, Mr. Owai Owai punished the entire senior students of a class in the Federal Government Girls’ College, FGGC, Calabar on February 2, for flouting his instructions not to force junior pupils to sweep their class.

An aggrieved student, who had a DSS official as an aunt, allegedly put a call across to her mother and she mobilised a horde of DSS officials, guns blazing to mow everything in their paths.

For the avoidance of doubt, the DSS, Nigeria’s primary domestic intelligence agency, is tasked with intelligence gathering and protection of senior government officials. But this was a day not much intelligence seemed to be at play.

However, this is by no means a remote or even a distant occurrence, as cases of parents overreacting to a child being disciplined by a teacher has been occurring from time to time. In November last year, the parents of 14-year-old Onyinye Nwakaeme, a pupil of Great Esteem Private Secondary School in Ijeshatedo area of Lagos state, had Mr. Sunday Adeshina arrested for flogging their daughter.

Adeshina was charged to court for assault and when he could not meet the bail condition of N70, 000, he was transferred to Kirikiri prisons.

While some parents have been known to overreact to teachers’ disciplining their children, there are some teachers as well whose understanding and application of corporal punishment qualifies them for mandatory psychological evaluation.

In October 2015, a secondary school teacher with the Ibadan Municipal Government (IMG) in Ibadan in Oyo State, was arrested for allegedly flogging a teenage pupil to death. The pupil had arrived late to school.

In the case of 14-year-old, Ogechi Anyalewechi, a senior secondary school two pupil of Bishop Philips Academy, Ibadan, a slap from the school principal’s secretary denied the promising young girl the use of one of her eyes. The action has left many people wondering the kind of spite the secretary must have invested in the slap that left the child partially blind.

Findings reveal that corporal punishment is common in public schools where there is often inadequate supervision and far too many pupils than a teacher can handle. Hence, misdemeanors by students would always be met with a cane every now and then.

Fear factor
What does this portend for teachers whose job is to inculcate knowledge into children who sometimes act as if their pituitary glands were coming on with weed? Already teachers seem like endangered species, they feel insecure claiming that schools are no longer places of safety and order.

For teachers battling to make ends meet, the recent DSS operation does little to boost their morale. Many now report feeling apprehensive; worrying more about appropriate mode of discipline rather than the objective of the action. To forestall incidences like these, some schools especially private schools have completely outlawed corporal punishment.

Some teachers while expressing their fears said there are at least two effects of lack of discipline on them. The first one is insecurity; schools are no longer places of safety and order. Besides, some students allegedly carry dangerous weapons, and teachers are not free to teach in such an environment.

A research paper recently published by the Department of Ophthalmology, College of Health Sciences of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, cited a four-year study which concluded that 30.3 per cent of all eye injuries, presented at that hospital, by children aged between five and 15 years old, were directly attributed to caning or whipping attacks that went horribly wrong, either in schools or at home.

Some educators swore by the efficacy of discipline but called for restraint. One of them, Mrs. Kikelomo Olawumi, said parents and teachers must find the right balance in enforcing discipline in children. She said that this is significant especially in a religious, multi-ethnic and traditional society like Nigeria, where many believe that the best way to discipline a child is through physical punishment.

Olawunmi attributed this belief to a harsh culture that centered on the fact that a child has to be battered before moulding him or her into a fine character; social-economic pressure on teachers which compels them to transfer aggression on innocent children; and the culture of impunity, especially in public schools where teachers feel they can get away with such.

In 2011, the Lagos state government under the administration of Babatunde Fashola passed a legislation abolishing caning, beating or physical torture of school pupils and of workplace apprentices, declaring the action criminal. Fashola, then, said that the move was in recognition of basic human rights of children in the state. Lagos has also domesticated the Child Rights Act of 2003 also to protect children.

However, teachers who engage in corporal punishment do not feel they are violating the law and some of them say they genuinely care for their pupils.

A teacher in a public school in Lagos who pleaded anonymity said flogging is a corrective measure, which experienced teachers know how to apply with good results.

She said: “Even though we flog, many of us have experience in doing that. Caning students is not punishment but corrective measure. You do not help anybody when a parent invites law enforcement authorities in a gestapo-style raid on a school simply because their child or ward was punished, that is just plain silly.”

Similarly, the Proprietress of New Life Private School, Ikotun, Mrs. Gbemisola Emiebor frowned at the use of cane by teachers saying it is capable of causing serious problems.

But are there regulations guiding child discipline in schools? President, National Parents Teachers Association (NAPTAN), Alhaji Haruna Danjuma, said each school has its rules and regulations concerning learning, discipline and morals. Danjuma stated that article 3(3) (e) (f) of the constitution of NAPTAN is in support of discipline but said such must be done with a human face.

“What we are against is corporal punishment, it is not allowed, it is believed that every teacher knows how to handle a student when he does something wrong, once a student goes against the rules and regulations of the school, such a student must be punished accordingly.”

A legal practitioner, Uju Okeke while shedding more light on the issue of child discipline in schools stated that Section 11 of Childs Right Act allows punishment that is not inhuman and degrading while Section 28 further buttress the point that instilling discipline is part of a child all round development.

“Thus section 19 of Child Rights Act, Article 29 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Right, Article 31 of the African Charter on the Rights and welfare of the Child and article 26 of the African Youth Charter all impose on the child, duty to respect parents, elders and superiors.

An official of the federal ministry of education who pleaded anonymity disclosed that the rules of education concerning discipline states that students must be corrected in love and understanding which is basically what the holy books propagate. He revealed that punishment of any kind must be documented in a punishment register; regrettably, he said many educationists forget this rule as soon as they start teaching.

He further said that in the ethics of the profession, teachers were not permitted to discipline students as it was only the principal or head teacher who had the right to do so and whenever punishment was to be administered especially if a cane was involved, the hand of the principal or head teacher must not be above arms length.

By and large, he was of the opinion that counseling most of the time provided and yielded better results than corporal punishment which if not properly administered could lead to low self esteem in the student which may invariably affect the performance of such a student.

Two teachers rape girl after showing her porn.

Two teachers, Stanley Akanno and Olakunle Hassan, both teachers in a private primary school in Amuwo Odofin, were yesterday paraded by Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 2, AIG Kayode Aderanti, for serially defiling their 6-year-old female pupil.


The teachers, he said, during extra mural classes, showed pornography on their laptop to the pupil and made her practice same on them. “The pupil has been taken to a government hospital where it was medically established that she had been deflowered. The suspects will soon be charged to court,” Aderanti said.


They were arrested following suspicion by the girl’s mother that her daughter has suddenly become sexually active. The girl’s mother, while narrating how the daughter was defiled, said: “I noticed that my daughter was kissing her brother’s penis”


I called her and interrogated her where she learnt the behaviour and she told me that her lesson teacher plays erotic films on his laptop and forced her to watch it. She added that the teacher will then defile her. We reported the case to the police and from the investigation, it showed that she was defiled.”

Borno govt to employ 5,000 teachers – Commissioner

The Borno Government on Tuesday said it would employ 5,000 teachers to improve the quality of education in the state.

The Commissioner for Education in the state, Inuwa Kubau, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri.

Mr. Kubau said the effort would boost quality of education and resuscitate the lost glory of the education sector in the state

He said the teachers would be employed to teach Mathematics, Physics, history, English, Hausa, Arabic language.

“Newly introduced subjects such as civic education, computer studies and trade also need specialized teachers.

“Gov.Kashim Shettima has accorded priority to the education sector since the beginning of this administration.

“While the sector has suffered great setback following attack on schools by Boko Haram insurgency across the state, the government has remained resilient and determined to revolutionise it.

“In line with this determination, the government has introduced free feedings to boost enrollment of students.

“The government has also introduced 120 shuttle buses to be transporting pupils to school. Already, 20 buses are operating in Maiduguri metropolis and Jere Local Government Area.

“The remaining 100 buses will be deployed to other 25 local government areas as soon as normalcy returned in the state,” Mr. Kubau said.

The Commissioner urged parents to senf their children to school, and appealed to humanitarian agencies to sensitise parents on the need to send their children to school.

“We also urge them to assist our teachers, especially those in difficult areas,” he said.

Nigeria’s private universities lack quality teachers, Professors say.

A former Vice-Chancellor of Uthman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto, Riskuwa Shehu, said private universities in Nigeria lack qualified academic and non-academic staff to offer quality education.

Mr. Shehu, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin said that most senior teaching staff in private universities were either employed on sabbatical, visiting or on adjunct basis.

He said such situation existed because the institutions had difficulty in attracting quality staff.

The professor of biochemistry, however, said private universities had more stable academic system because of governance structure.

According to him, they have more stable system compared to the public sector institutions.

He added that they were smaller in size in terms of demand for upkeep and maintenance of standard.

“The proprietors of such institutions have a way of reducing pressure from the workers of the institutions.

“Honestly speaking, you find out that the private institutions in this country are mostly driven by the workforce in the public sector,” he said.

Jude Udenta of Enugu State University of Science and Technology said private universities had bridged the admission gap for prospective and provided spaces but could not vouch for the quality of graduates.

“They have done well in absorbing myriad of admission seekers.

“However, I cannot clearly attest to their quality notwithstanding the number of first class students they produce since most of their students are those who get lower grades in JAMB exams,” he said.

Mr. Udenta, a professor of government and public administration, said most private universities depended on retired lecturers, ad-hoc lecturing staff or lecturers got from faith-based organisations since they could not pay their lecturers well.

“If you see any sound and young lecturer in there, it might be due to lack of job.

“The same lecturer definitely will leave anytime he gets an appointment in any public university due to minimal pay at the private universities,’’ he said

The professor added: “just few of them are coming into the academic sector with innovations to match the towering gap and academic excellence government-owned universities have attained so far over the years.’’

On her part, a professor of mass communication at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Kate Omenugha, said private universities were bridging the gap created by the inadequate number of spaces in public universities.

Ms. Omenugha, who is the Commissioner for Education in Anambra, said the quality of private universities was high since they operated on the guidelines of the Nigeria University Commission (NUC).

She advocated constant accreditation and reaccreditation by NUC to ensure that they conformed to the standards on which they were approved.

“It is purely personal, some of them are good, others are not too good but that also applies in the public university products.

“There is need to continually monitor the private universities through accreditation and reaccreditation to ensure that the standards are not compromised,” Ms. Omenugha said.

An undergraduate student at the Alhikmah University, Ilorin, Lydia Epelle-Oko, said the high school fees charged by private universities often discouraged many parents from sending their children to the institutions.

A parent, Rex Olawoye, said the exorbitant fees charged by private universities had adversely affected their students’ intake.

He said most parents preferred their children attending public universities to the private schools because of the low fees paid in the former.

Mr. Olawoye, a pharmacist, said few parents who sent their children to private universities did so because of their uninterrupted academic life.

“Despite this, however, admission into the private universities is still very low, chiefly because of high fee and fewer academic staff.

“I don’t think the quality of teaching at the private universities is lower than that of the public ones because lecturers at these private universities are eminently qualified,” he added.

An educationist, Samuel Adejobi, advised the federal government to exercise more control over private universities to promote academic excellence in the institutions.

Mr. Adejobi said the federal government must critically assess the performance of the private universities with a view to considering whether or not they were lifting admission burden from the public universities.

He said although private universities were expanding access to admission, the margin was slim because of the fees they charged.

“It is unfortunate that the proprietors of the institutions are mainly driven by monetary gains at the expense of quality and standard.

“Many of them lack proper structure for governance and administration,” he said.

Mr. Adejobi said that the private universities still faced challenges of attracting quality and experienced lecturers on permanent basis.

“Many of their senior lecturers are either visiting or on sabbatical,” he said.

Turkey Reinstates 6,000 Teachers Suspended After Coup – Ministry.

Turkish authorities have reinstated over 6,000 teachers suspended after the July failed coup accused of terror links, the education ministry said on Friday.


“6,007 personnel suspended over links to terrorist organisations have returned to their jobs,” the ministry said on Twitter.


Tens of thousands of teachers were suspended or sacked over links to Kurdish militants and coup plotters since July 15 when a rogue faction tried to oust President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from power.

FG bars unqualified teachers from 500,000 jobs scheme.

The Federal Government has agreed to ban unqualified and unregistered teachers from classrooms nationwide, the Registrar/Chief Executive of Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, Prof. Josiah Ajiboye, has said.


According to him, the government will not consider teachers without registration certificates and TRCN licence for its 500,000 teachers’ recruitment scheme.


He stated that already, the decision had been jointly endorsed by President Muhammadu Buhari; the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu and Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah.


Ajiboye said this on Wednesday in Abuja during the 10th Education Conference organised by the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, with the theme, “Improving Education standards and emulating the global perspective and practices.”


He said, “Presently, it has been accepted by the Federal Government; the President, and ministers of education have agreed that no one again that is not qualified and is not registered with the TRCN will stand and teach in our classrooms.


“I can assure you that no one will be employed as a teacher by the Federal Government without licence and registration certificate. We are calling on all teachers to register, if you know yourself and you refer to yourself as a professional teacher, you must be registered with the TRCN. You must carry our certificate and our licence.


“At the last induction ceremony that was conducted last week in OAU (Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile-Ife, six professors registered with the TRCN and 14 other academics were also inducted into the teaching profession.”


While calling on teachers both in public and private schools to ensure they were duly registered and licensed by the TRCN, Ajiboye said the Kaduna State Government, had directed its teachers to obtain their licences and registration certificates before they could be promoted.


He said, “Teachers in private schools are also expected to be registered and licensed by the TRCN. According to the law establishing the council we are the ones who can talk about who is a teacher in this country.


“Currently, teachers in private schools are responding to TRCN’s call for them to register. Now we are in the level of persuasion when we move beyond this level we will go to the enforcement of the law.”


The President of NAPPS, Dr. Sally Adukwu-Bolujoko, called on the Federal Government to invest 50 per cent of the budget in education every year for the next 20 years to revamp public schools.


He added, “From 2012 to date, all the budgets in education have just been about 11 per cent, whereas you know that UNESCO’s benchmark for developing country is 26 per cent. Countries like Senegal and Ivory Coast have started to give more than 26 per cent. With our large population, and the biggest economy in Africa, we have not reached half the mark of UNESCO.


“The state of our public schools is appalling. It is not a place where value is given. It is a place where the values children acquire from good homes get eroded. We are asking that as a matter of strategy, focus on education by funding it and having the political will to drive and to monitor our money till it delivers results.


“We are bothered that the Nigerian child’s education is poor, under the threes, dilapidated houses, sitting on bricks and on the floor. Every child should be captured in school. No longer should a Nigerian child be at home or hawking when others are in school.”

Ghost Workers: Cross River Commences Biometric Registration of Teachers

The Cross River State Government, on Wednesday said preparations were on top gear to commence the biometric registration of primary school teachers in the state.

This was disclosed by the Chairman of Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in the state, Dr. Steven Odey, shortly after inspecting some primary schools in Calabar.

Odey told newsmen that the exercise aims at checkmating the ghost workers’ syndrome in the pay roll and ensure prompt payment of teachers’ salaries.

He said the exercise became imperative following a directive from the state’s governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, to the board.

The Chairman noted that the exercise was also meant to keep the state in line with international best practices in the educational sector, expressing optimism that it will help to boost her standard of education.

“There has been a lot of outcry about the non-payment of teachers’ salaries and to get out of this quagmire, the governor directed that SUBEB takes over such payment”

“Our focus is to ensure that we make the system function effectively”, he said.

Odey reiterated the government’s commitment to the recruitment of additional one thousand teachers in state, soonest.


3 wounded as Ekiti Nigerian Union of Teachers’ election turns bloody.

No fewer than three persons were reportedly wounded during the election into Ekiti State Executive Council of the Nigeria Union of Teachers in Ado Ekiti on Thursday.

Two other persons were said to have been arrested by men of the Department of State Service during the violence which broke out when a group of teachers protested against alleged manipulation of delegates list.

The victims, who were loyalists of a chairmanship candidate, Mr. Taiwo Adu, were reportedly beaten by men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and the DSS.

Adu, who later addressed journalists, said those wounded had been taken to hospitals for treatment.

He explained that violence broke out when the outgoing executive refused to address a petition raised by his support group – the Progressives – which queried the delegates list.

He accused the outgoing chairman, Samuel Akosile, and the secretary, Olugbenga Ajibade, of doctoring the list to favour his rival, Mr. Olusegun Olugbenga.

“Instead of 87 delegates for Ado Local Government, we were given 35. We submitted petitions to the state and the national body of NUT but received no response.”

Adu said the security men invited by the secretary shot sporadically into the air to scare his supporters away.

He added, “Three of us were wounded by the members of the other group -The Possibility- and two of us detained in DSS custody. The election should be cancelled.”

But reacting, the Ekiti NUT secretary denied the allegation that the delegates list was doctored.

According to him, the delegates were carefully chosen in line with the NUT constitution and based on financial strength of the local governments.

Ajibade said nobody was beaten by security agencies, clarifying that security men were only there to maintain the law and order.

“Before the election, the issue was taken to the state executive council and all the representatives from the 16 local governments were present. At the meeting, the numbers allotted to each council was read and nobody raised an objection. So, it was wrong for them to come and raise the issue on election day.”

Verification: Jigawa govt to sack 700 teachers.

About 700 primary school teachers in Jigawa State stand the risk of losing their jobs, following ongoing verification across the 27 local government areas of the state.

The state government had inaugurated a special verification committee to fish out ghost teachers and absentees, especially teachers who went for in-service courses in universities across the world, but had graduated and refused to report to their place of work.

It was gathered that the action of those teachers compelled the government to further suspend indefinitely in-service training courses and set up special committee to find those involved and other teachers receiving salaries without coming to work.

It was also learned that most of the workers likely to be affected are those who got admission into various institutions of learning to further their education, completed their studies and refused to report back to their respective offices.

The Head of Service, Mohammed Inuwa Tahir, told journalists that some workers spent 14 to 15 years studying, saying government was aware of the development.

He said: “What kind of degree course does a worker spend 15 years studying and still collecting salaries.

“Our government will not condone laziness and unfair act by some workers who have the habit of completing their study and refusing to report back to their place of work.”

According to him, the screening committee was established to fish out absentees and ghost workers, contrary to some insinuations that it was set up to witch-hunt workers.

A source in the Office of Head of Service said on condition of anonymity that about 6,500 teachers would be de-listed in the ongoing verification of primary school teachers.

Teachers Sent Abroad for Training Have Absconded – Jigawa Govt

Jigawa State Government has disclosed that some teachers said to have gone for in-service courses in universities across the world, have graduated but has since refused to report to their place of work.

The action of those teachers compelled the government to further suspend indefinitely in-service training courses and set up special committee to find those involved and other teachers receiving salaries without coming to work, Vanguard reports.

The government was furious that the teachers betrayed its trust by remaining abroad when their expertise was needed back home.

Lamenting the development, the Head of Service, Mohammed Inuwa Tahir, told journalists yesterday that some workers spent 14 to 15 years studying.

He said: “What kind of degree course does a worker spend 15 years studying and still collecting salaries.

“Our government will not condone laziness and unfair act by some workers who have the habit of completing their study and refusing to report back to their place of work.”

The officials said the screening committee was established to fish out absentees and ghost workers, contrary to some insinuations that it was set up to witch-hunt workers.

4,403 Teachers Fail Certificate Screening Test In Ebonyi

Over 4000 primary school teachers in Ebonyi State have failed a test conducted by the state’s Universal Basic Education Board to determine the originality of their teacher training certificates.

Chairman of the boards investigating committee, Prof. Anthony Ani, who disclosed this in Abakaliki, the state capital over the weekend, said out of the 9000 teachers screened, half of them were discovered to have fake teacher training certificates.

He said, “The board should, as a matter of urgency, compile the names of teachers, especially those who presented statements of the result, testimonials, and photocopies and forwarded such names to acclaimed graduating institutions for verification and authentication.”

Ani also called for concerted efforts to revamp basic education in the state and recommended that teachers with severe medical challenges should be advised to seek medical attention with government support or be retired from the system, in line with government regulation.

Tambuwal approves recruitment of 96 science teachers, 20 state counsels.

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has approved the recruitment of 96 new science and technology teachers 20 lawyers to serve as counsels in the Sokoto state ministries of science and technology and justice respectively.

A statement issued in Sokoto Monday by the Governor’s spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, said the new recruits will improve the manpower needs of the two ministries, and enhance productivity in the state civil service.

“Those to be employed as teachers will have the necessary qualifications for teaching and will be posted to secondary schools under the Ministry of Science and Technology.

As for the lawyers, they will augment the existing 56 lawyers in the ministry of justice. They will serve as replacement for state counsels who retired or died while on duty, as well as those who joined the federal judiciary,” the statement added.

Reports from Sokoto indicate that so far, the state civil service commission has received no fewer than 300 applications from various candidates seeking to fill in the vacant posts announced.

Few days ago, the state government announced the recuritment of 21 fresh doctors for the state ministry of health, while last year, 500 teachers were recruited to teach in various secondary schools across the state.

How Kidnapped Lagos Teachers, Pupils Were Released

Kidnapped four pupils and two teachers of Lagos State Model College, Igbonla Epe, were ferried to safety in two speedboats by their abductors on Tuesday, it was learnt yesterday.

The victims – Abu, Emmanuel Okonkwo, Jeremiah Ruth, Isaac Adebisi – Junior School Vice Principal A. O. Oyesola and English teacher Lukman Oyerinde, were dropped off inside a forest where they trekked for over two hours before meeting their relatives.

Our reporters learnt that they were asked to walk in a line and not look back until they got to the point where family members had waited for over four hours.

The vice principal led the pack and the English teacher was asked to stay at the rear, leaving the pupils in-between.

The victims were taken to the Epe General Hospital for check-up.  Some of them were diagnosed with typhoid and malaria.

The father of one of the victims said: “They spent many hours at the hospital and were later moved to a house in Epe where the principal addressed them.

“Two parents went to a designated place in Epe, where the kidnappers directed them to. They were at the place around 6pm and stayed there till about 10pm without any sign of the victims.

“As it was getting late, they said they were scared but had to remain there because that was the kidnappers’ instruction.  So, around 10:30pm, they showed up, saying they had trekked for over two hours.

“I received the kidnap news with rude shock and since then, my family has been disorganised. I was not staying in Epe. My wife and I relocated to Epe ever since the bad news broke.

“I thank God when I was called by 10:30pm to inform me that the victims have been released. When I arrived at the school, I saw my son alive.

“I was not afraid that something sinister might happen to them because I have been praying alongside with many other sympathisers and I have the assurance that they would come out alive. God has really done it.

“Let’s not talk of ransom, I did not pay any. I don’t know whether anyone paid. I did not pay. My joy is that my son and others are hale and hearty. I want to thank the state government and the police for the roles they played while the victims were in captivity.”

Ruth’s sister who spoke on condition of anonymity said: “We suffered hell when we went to pay N1 million for our sick child. The kidnappers after two days of playing pranks with us dropped them off in the bush and gave them a description on how to come out to the road.

“Our joy knew no bounds when we saw our children and their teachers coming out alive. I was deeply involved because our child was described as being ill, but, not as ill as we were made to believe”

Police spokesperson Dolapo Badmos, a Superintendent (SP) said they were neither assaulted nor traumatised.

She stated that the medical examination carried out on the victims indicated that none of them was molested.

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Unpaid Salaries: Bayelsa teachers meet, insist on strike.

The Bayelsa State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has called on all public primary and secondary school teachers in the state to continue observing the strike declared by the union.

Teachers have been on strike since the resumption of the new academic session to protest unpaid arrears of salaries and other unfulfilled obligations of the government.

It was gathered that the NUT had an emergency congress on Monday and resolved that the industrial action should continue.

The body called on the teachers to disregard the directive given by the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS) that the teachers should resume work.

The state Chairman of the NUT, Mr. Kalama Tonpre, alleged that the ASUSS might have been compromised and called on the teachers to stay at home until the NUT would call off the strike.

Kalama also called on members of the public to disregard the allegation by the state’s Commissioner for Information that the union had been politicised.

He, however, said the commissioner’s position was his personal opinion which did not represent the standpoint of the state government.

But the state government, yesterday, assured the teachers of prompt payment of their salaries and allowances and appealed to them to call off their strike.

The Commissioner for Education, Mr. Markson Fefegha, gave the assurance during a one day workshop on the preparation of monthly payment vouchers and nominal rolls held at the DSP Alamieyeseigha Memorial Banquet Hall,Yenagoa.

Fefegha said the preparation of vouchers in line with the present administration’s policy on transparency to stop the sharp practices perpetrated by some unscrupulous elements in the system.

He said the seminar would assist in addressing the issue of voucher preparation to ease the payment process adding that the Governor Seriake Dickson-led government was passionate about the teaching profession.

He said: “I am sure that most of you have received the two halves and we are working assiduously so that by next week you would receive your other month salary so that you would not only be at par but will be ahead of other civil servants in the state”.

Also speaking, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Jonathan Obuebite, appreciated the principals for their cooperation and urged them to prepare an all-inclusive payroll.

He scored the government high in educational transformation and urged to safeguard the infrastructure built by the government.

Ogun, Enugu, Abia teachers want better remuneration

Ogun State teachers have asked for better condition of service and remuneration. They made the appeal in Abeokuta, the state capital, at the ceremony to mark the World Teachers’ Day.

Chairman of the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Mr. Dare Ilekoya, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues in Abeokuta, the capital, said that the time had come for both the federal and state governments to accord them the “necessary” recognition.

His words: “The teachers as veritable agents of change need to be empowered both financially and intellectually. It is time to re-appraise the roles of teachers and accord them the necessary recognition without struggle.”

Governor Ibikunle Amosun assured the teachers that his administration would continue to create a good and conducive environment for them to operate.

Amosun, represented by his Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Modupe Mujota, called on stakeholders to join hands with the government to move the sector forward.

But the state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr. Akeem Ambali, said the union would not go back on the 21-day ultimatum given to Amosun government to address the issue of unpaid allowances of the state workforce.

In Enugu, teachers bemoaned the age-long non-payment of retirement or death benefits to retired teachers and next-of-kin of the deceased teachers.They lamented that the last time gratuity was paid to primary and secondary school teachers in the state was in 2002 and 2009 respectively.

Represented by the state Chairman of the NUT, Ozor Paul Nnaji, the teachers decried the fact that even pension was not paid on regular basis, particularly as it concerned retired primary school teachers who might have to stay for some months without it after retirement. Abia teachers urged the state government to ensure that their rights were given to them.

The state NUT chairman, Akparanta Chizobem, who stated this in his address to mark the day, disclosed that primary and secondary school teachers were owed four months and five months salaries respectively.

He said: “We humbly appeal to government to value the teacher and improve on his status to give his best to better the society, as the working condition of the teacher is the learning condition of the child.”

Governor Fayose donates cars, N50m to teachers in Ekiti

Governor Ayodele Fayose has donated N50 million to teachers in Ekiti State. He also gave two brand new cars to best teachers in public primary and secondary schools.

Fayose, who spoke during the commemoration of this World Teachers’ Day in Ado-Ekiti, said it was to appreciate them for making the state to emerge first in the 2016 National Examinations Council (NECO).

He promised to increase the incentive to N100 million next year if the teachers could sustain the feat, adding that his government would continue to treat them with dignity and celebrate their competence to help the future of the state.

In another development, Fayose urged President Muhammadu Buhari to stop blaming past leaders, particularly his predecessor, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, for the current economic recession.

He said what Nigerians voted for in 2015 was a change and Buhari should live by that acronym, failing ‘which Nigerians will change the change’.He said: “ What we voted for in 2015 was plenty and bountiful blessing and not economic recession. Today, Nigerian teachers can no longer afford three-square meals a day.

“Nigerians are not begging for too much. What they wanted is to change their fortunes for better. President Buhari must stop complaining. He must address this recession that is killing Nigerians.”

Meanwhile, the Deputy National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr. Peters Adeyemi and Deputy National President, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Mr. Kelvin Nwankwo, have pleaded with states owing teachers’ salaries to pay up to cushion the effect of the hard-biting economy on the people.

The duo, who commended Fayose for honouring their colleagues, called for an upward review of teachers’ retirement age from 60 to 65 to arrest premature retirement from the service.

Also, the founder of Afe Babalola University (ABUAD), Chief Afe Babalola, and a former governor of the old Ondo State, Bamidele Olumilua, praised Ekiti teachers for their patriotic and unwavering zeal for the development of education in spite of the economic challenges.

Olumilua said: “Though Nigeria is tough, but Ekiti is lucky to have a governor that has been doing what is necessary. The recession we are passing through is not something unusual, but what we need is a man that is connected to God and who can do what is necessary and we have it in Governor Fayose.

“If you can see, Ekiti is making progress because we have a man that is committed to the well-being of the populace and he is ready to listen to you to make your future great.”

Pay us our salaries, Bayelsa teachers tells Governor Dickson

Primary and secondary school teachers in Bayelsa State, Wednesday, deplored eight months of unpaid salaries and marginalisation in the state appealing to the state Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson, to pay the arrears.

Marking Teachers Day in low key at their secretariat in Yenagoa, the teachers, under the auspices of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) said Bayelsa’s educational sector was replete with crises.

The state Chairman, NUT, Mr. Kalama John-Tonpre, reeled out the problems facing teachers in the state as non-payment of salaries for about eight months; non-implementation of teachers promotion over the years and non-payment of annual increments.

Others, according to him, are abdication of primary schools’ responsibilities by the state government and illegal dismissal of teachers employed in 2008 and 2009.

John-Tonpre among others, further decried shortage of teachers without recruitment in the school system and non-provision of instructional materials.

He said: “Some protracted but unattended issues in the sector are over-populated classrooms, poor standard of education resulting from poor funding, inconsistency and non-implementation of education policies.

“Also, there is frequent disruption of the school system, moral decadence of the youth and eventually the underdevelopment of the state.”

The NUT boss, however, acknowledged some efforts of Governor Seriake Dickson in educational development such as the construction off senatorial model schools, establishment of Teachers Training Institute (TTI) and repositioning the Isaac Adaka Boro College of Education.

He regretted that teachers were suffering from marginalisation in the state and the country.

“The current problems of the society characterised by disease, poverty, unemployment, kidnapping, militancy, injustice, lawlessness, greed for political powers and lack of conscience for humanity are all traced to the agonies of teachers”, he said.

John-Tonpre appealed to the state government to as a matter of urgency satisfy the genuine demands of the teachers in the interest of advancing education for the benefit of the underprivileged in the state.

He said: “Currently, so many teachers have retired and about a good number of teachers were dismissed from the school system with no recruitment of new ones to replace them.

“Consequently, some primary schools in Bayelsa State have no single teachers to teach the children – our future leaders. The issue deserves urgent attention as it portends danger at the foundation level of the education system.”

He urged the state government to reinstate the dismissed teachers and recruit more teachers to fill the vacancies created in various schools across the state.

He said: “Currently, so many teachers had retired and about a good number of teachers were dismissed from the school system with no recruitment of new ones to replace them. Consequently some primary schools in Bayelsa State have n single teacher to teach the children, our future leaders.

“The issue deserves urgent attention as it portends danger at the foundation level of the education system. The NUT, therefore, calls on the state government to urgently reinstate the dismissed teachers and recruit more teachers to fill the vacancies created”.

John-Tonpre also appealed to Governor Seriake Dickson to take up the responsibility of paying primary school teachers’ salaries because the councils alone could no longer bear such responsibility.

Speaking at the event, the National President, NUT, Mr. Michael Olukoya, in his address read by the state Secretary, NUT, Mr. Jonhson Hector, called on the Federal Government and the relevant authorities to consider raising retirement age of teachers from 60 to 65 years.

Olukoya further appealed to the Federal Government to ensure that only professionally trained and qualified persons were engaged in the proposed recruitment of 500,000 teachers to promote professionalism and effective service delivery.

Bayelsa Teachers Issue 21-Day Ultimatum To State Government

The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has issued a 21-day ultimatum to the Bayelsa state government to fully pay the four months’ half salary of all teachers or the teachers in the state would stop working.

This, they said, would affect their expected participation in the conduct of the National Common Entrance and other examinations.

The state wing executive council of the NUT Bayelsa state chapter issued a 9-point communique titled “Not Until We Perish” highlighting their resolution after an emergency meeting to discuss the lingering non-payment of six months’ salaries to primary and secondary school teachers.

The state chairman of the NUT, Kalama Tonpre, while reading the communique, said that the union was committed to enhancing public school system but demands improved working conditions.

He highlighted “the apparent hardship suffered by teachers on account of the prolonged non-payment of over six months’ salaries owed primary and secondary school teachers in order to be at par with other civil servants in the state”.

Other problems discussed were the planned dismissal of teachers employed in 2008/2009, the non-payment of duty post allowances, shifting the responsibility of funding primary school teachers’ salaries to local government councils and non-implementation of promotions.

Others are the 18,000 naira minimum wage arrears and non-inclusion of stakeholders in state education law committee.

According to them, if these issues are not resolved, they would stop working.

The chairman continued by saying “an ultimatum of 21 days from today is given to the Bayelsa state government to fully pay the four months’ salaries of all teachers and address other problems”.

“For some teachers, these months without salary has been hellish as daily survival has been a major challenge,” he said.

The government on their part say they would do their best to pay the salaries for as many months as they can afford.

Integrate Chinese Language Into Schools’ Curricular – NGO tells FG

A Non-governmental Oganisation (NGO), Initiative of African Friends of China, has called on the federal government to introduce the teaching of Chinese Language in secondary schools across the country.

The President of the NGO, Mr. Fred Ogwazu, made the call while signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with DBS Media Ltd, a Nigerian creative media content agency in Lagos recently.

Ogwazu said the development if considered will tend to explore maximally the socio-economic corporations, educational and cultural exchanges as well as technological and skills acquisition.

He said in the new world order, Africa and China seem to have slots in common, hence the believe that Africa has so much opportunity in China and vice-versa.

“To further boost this advocacy, we have already concluded plans to commence the teaching of Chinese Language in some centres across Africa, starting from Nigeria. The Nigeria centre will be located in Abuja with business men and other interested persons as our target, while others will be cited in African countries such as Ethiopia and South Africa.

“Already, we have written to the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria to provide us with volunteer teachers for the language and we are sure to commence very soon.”

According to him, the development would also promote good ideas for indigenous African companies intending to partner Chinese companies and making recommendations where necessary.

Ogwazu said the relationship between Nigeria and China has been growing by the day, following the commendable activities of institutions like Forum on China-Africa Corporation and the China-Africa Development Fund.

“Initiative of African Friends of China is therefore calling for greater awareness among African governments and private sectors to key into the developmental opportunities provided by the Chinese Government through this platform towards tackling most of Africa’s challenges.”

He said apart from advocating for the teaching of Chinese Language in schools across Nigeria and other African countries as a way of strengthening socio-economic and cultural ties with China, the MoU also seeks to connect opportunities with investors through the provision of timely information.

He said such information is mainly on opportunities available in China and in the continent.

Ogwazu added that the MoU was tailored around changing the perception of products and services exchange between China and other African countries and provide feedback channels where necessary among others.

“To also realise this, we in conjunction with DBS Media Limited would implore the use of documentary videos and movies in creating the much needed awareness on the potential in Nigeria and Africa at large.

“Our partnership with DBS Media is strategic as we intend to do a well-researched documentary and video that will highlight the developmental drives by Chinese Government to African nations.”

In his remarks, the Managing Director, DBS Media, Mr. Cletus Chukwuma, said he is looking forward to a fruitful working relationship with the association, as the agency has all it takes to meet its expectations. “We are not new in packing of quality contents that satisfies the curiosity of the viewing public.”

Supervisory Councillor, Another Arrested For Allegedly Defrauding Teachers

Crack police detectives have arrested the Supervisory Councillor for Finance and Education, Sapele Local Government, Mr. Eric Ojuromu, and the Special Adviser to the Sapele Local Government Chairman, Joseph Okpereogho, for allegedly defrauding some primary school teachers from the council area through a fake screening exercise.

Ojuromu and Okpereogho, it was gathered, were allegedly caught in the act and arrested on Tuesday morning in the council premises by men of the State Police command and were immediately taken to Asaba where they are currently being detained.

Security sources disclosed that they were alleged to be counting to confirm the sum of N500,000 brought by one of the primary school teachers (name withheld) from Okotie-Eboh Primary School, Sapele, when the police swooped on them.

It was gathered that Ojuromu allegedly embarked on the fraudulent screening exercise by telling some of the primary school teachers, who are being owed months salary arrears, that they have fake certificates and allegedly demanded for varied amounts of money to cover for them without verification by the issuing authorities.

It was learnt that most of the victims of Ojuromu, though have genuine certificates but were afraid to confront him.

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Niger State To Establish Special Schools To Train Teachers

Niger State government has taken bold steps towards boosting education and also making the teaching profession more attractive by endorsing the establishment of three Special secondary schools to train students who have passion for teaching and ready to be professional Teachers.

The Special Secondary schools will be located in each of the three Senatorial Zones of the state and they will be mainly for graduates of junior secondary schools who really want to take teaching as a profession and ready to pursue such ambition.

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello who disclosed this in Minna during an interactive session with the committee on Revival of Teachers Education in Niger state yesterday noted that most people in the teaching profession now see it as a last resort and not really as a Profession hence the poor educational standard in the country.

“Teaching is a career you must be passionate about. The profession should not be seen as last resort for jobless people. This special school will be built basically for those that have passion for teaching. Our aim is to catch them young and motivate them, prepare them and make them proud professionals.

“Like the Nigeria Military School, Zaria where all students except very few are prepared for career in the military, the students of this special schools will be psychologically prepared for teaching profession while they also prepare for their WAEC and NECO examinations.

“To this end, competitive entrance will be conducted for JSS III pupils who have passion foe teaching. The best two from each of the 274 wards will be admitted to the schools in the three Zones of the state

The Governor said at the completion of their studies, such successful students will now go back and teach in their communities thereby gradually bringing back the past glories and standard of education back to the doorstep of the people.

Earlier, the chairperson of the committee, Hajiya Dije Bala said the committee recommended the establishment of a Teachers Development Institute to conduct regular training and re-training of teachers as well as those in other profession but want to take teaching as a career.

The Institute she explained further will provide a platform for qualified teachers to have refresher course that will update them in modern teaching methodology and practice.

She lamented public perception of teaching profession and urged all levels of government to give more priority to the Profession and make it more attractive by way of packaging special welfare for them.

FG To Recruit 1.3m Teachers In Six Years

Decrying dearth of teachers at the basic education level, the Federal Government is to engage 1.3 million recruits in the next six years to address the problem.
Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, who made the disclosure yesterday at the flag-off of the Teacher Development Training of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) programme in Abuja, said besides the quality of teachers, government was more disturbed about the existing gap at the basic education sector.

“The availability of qualified and competent t?eachers, their continuous training and retraining would have to be emphasized to complement others to come up with quality basic education achievements,” he said.

Adamu, however, noted that, in addition to its intervention through the UBEC, government was working to recruit and inject 500,000 teachers into basic education sector nationwide. He added that when the exercise is completed, it would place more responsibilities on states and local councils to provide infrastructural and instructional materials to teachers.

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Finland To Train Nigerian Teachers

The Visiting Finland’s Deputy Minister of External Economic Relations to Nigeria, Mr Matti Anttonen, on Wednesday expressed his government’s readiness to train Nigerian teachers.


Anttonen told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the plan was part of his government’s effort at ensuring that Nigerian teachers were well-grounded in the teaching profession.


The deputy minister said that because it would not be possible to send all Nigerian teachers to Finland, a large number of them would be selected to visit Finland as trainers.


“We are looking at the possibility of bringing some teacher trainers from Nigeria to Finland. It is expected that those trained in Finland would come back and share their knowledge with tens of thousands of Nigerian teachers.


We know that Nigeria is a very huge country, and that every year about seven million children are being born and every year five million children start schooling.


This means that Nigeria needs additional tens of thousands of well-trained teachers to be able to give qualitative education to these children,’’ he said.


Anttonen, also Finland’s Under-Secretary of State, said that it would be more cost-efficient and result-oriented to plan toward sending teacher trainers from Nigeria to Finland.



According to him, the proposal is already being looked into by Finland’s government, private sector and universities.


The under-secretary of state said that his government and Finland’s private sector and universities would “carefully find the right partners’’ from both countries before embarking on the proposal.



He said that there was a lot for Nigerian teachers to gain from the planned exchange of teaching experience programme with them in Finland.




Secondary School Teachers In Kaduna State Can Rise To Directorate Level – KDSG

Kaduna State Government has approved a career progression pattern that will enable teachers in the state’s secondary schools to rise to Grade Level 17 while still teaching in the classroom.



This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Samuel Aruwan, the Special Assistant to Governor Nasir el-Rufai on Media and Publicity on Sunday in Kaduna.



The statement said that professional teachers in the public service could progress to GL. 17 and enjoy all the allowances and privileges attached to the grade.



According to the statement, the Kaduna State Executive Council has approved the measure as part of efforts to strengthen teachers’ career development as well as boost their morale.



The statement said that the measure was aimed at revamping the standard of education in the state.



“Teachers who rise to level 17 will be addressed as Director-Tutors.


The gesture will allow teachers to bring their knowledge and experience to teaching specific subjects in secondary schools to bear on students.


Government hopes that the decision will halt the exodus of teachers from the classrooms and clamour to convert to other disciplines in search of greener posture.


The council’s approval for the teachers’ career progression is sequel to the promise of Gov. Nasir el-Rufai to ensure that teachers rise to the highest grade without having to stop teaching.


The retention of these experienced teachers will help in raising the standard of education in public secondary schools in the state,’’ the statement said.



The statement said that in order to strengthen education in Kaduna, the state executive council had also approved the establishment of six science secondary schools in different parts of the state.



The schools are expected to be financed by a USD17.3 million grant from the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) with a USD3.8 million counterpart fund from the state government.



“The bank has approved the grant since 2009 and was meant for the establishment of four science secondary schools in the state.


The initiative was meant for the building and equipping of four science schools in different parts of the state to increase the number of science graduates from senior secondary schools in Kaduna State.


The project, which suffered delays over the years, is now to be fast-tracked and the state government has decided to increase to six, the number of science schools to be built.


The schools will be sited in Jere, Rigachikun, Manchok, Pambegua, Buruku, and Hunkuyi, while two of the sites previously identified were changed for several reasons.


A new school has already been constructed within the former project site at Koreye, while the site within the Millennium City is considered unsuitable for a boarding school, given that it is a business district,” the statement added.



Meanwhile, the state government has said that bidding for the contracts for the building of the six schools will begin afresh while the bank will be notified of the new development.





NCCE Expresses Joy Over FG’s Proposal To Engage 500,000 Teachers

Prof. Monday Joshua, the Executive Secretary, National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), has expressed joy over the Federal Government’s proposal in the 2016 Budget to employ 500,000 teachers.

Joshua, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday, said that such a move would boost basic education in the country.


NAN recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari who presented the budget at the National Assembly on Tuesday, said that 500,000 graduates and NCE holders would be employed to boost teaching at the basic education level.


Buhari said that the decision, which was aimed at addressing the shortage of teachers in public schools across the country, would be in partnership with state and local governments.


“These graduate teachers will be deployed to primary schools, thereby enhancing the provision of basic education especially in our rural areas,” Buhari had said.


According to Joshua, the proposal if implemented will help the commission in achieving its mandate.


“As the head of NCCE, I am very excited with the proposal by the President. We are responsible for producing teachers for basic education and the plan will help us in achieving our mandate.


We commend the Federal Government for that proposal; it will go a long way in reducing unemployment generally.


It would also address teachers’ deficit in primary schools,” he said.

NAN further reports that President Buhari presented a N6.08 trillion 2016 Budget proposal with education getting an allocation of N369.6 million.




Christian Teacher Arrested For Having Sex With Underage Female Student Over 40 Times

What is this world turning to?? Both the man and the girl need to be flogged thoroughly. And for God’s sakes, hosting sex parties for underaged kids???

A Christian Scientist school in Missouri has been hit with a $1million lawsuit accusing the institution of failing to protect students from an employee charged with having sexual intercourse a 16-year-old girl dozens of times and organizing orgies for teens.

According to the complaint filed by the alleged victim’s parents last week, when officials at Principia
– a high school and college for Christian Scientists in St Louis – found out about the alleged sexual abuse, they did little beyond issuing telecommunications director Zachary Retzalff a verbal warning to ‘knock it off’ and ‘cut it out.’, the Mirror reports.

Retzlaff, a 33-year-old widowed father of two young sons, was arrested over the summer and charged with statutory rape.

According to the civil suit reviewed by the St Louis Post-Dispatch, Retzlaff had sex with the 16-year-old female student at The Principia more than 40 times on and off campus between July 2014 and May 2015.

The telecom manager also allegedly introduced the girl to sadomasochism, choking the girl until she passed out before having sex with her.

Retzlaff also allegedly hosted group sex parties with the 16-year-old and other students from the Christian Scientist school.

The school where he was doing the deed

The parents of the teenager, identified in the complaint as ‘Jane Doe,’ claim that she ran away from home and they believe she is living with Retzlaff and plans to marry him.

Court filings in the case allege that officials at the St Louis school knew Retzlaff had sex with students in the past.

In June, the widower was accused of engaging in sexual activity with a girl younger than 17, and charged with a single count of felony statutory rape. He pleaded not guilty in the criminal case and was released on $25,000 bail.

Prosecutors are now seeking to have Retzlaff remanded to jail because they believe he violated a judge’s order prohibiting him from contacting the victim.

Retzlaff lost his wife and the mother of his children, Juliana, in February 2014. According to the complaint, sometime after her passing, he 16-year-old student began babysitting the couple’s children and cleaning his home.

Eyah, she has eaten what adults eat and now she wants to marry him. Equating sex with love. The man needs to be locked up and the keys thrown away for misleading this young girl .

Katsina Govt Orders Public School Teachers To Withdraw Their Children From Private Schools

In a bid to revamp the education sector in the state, the Katsina State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) today directed primary school teachers and all head teachers in the state to withdraw their children from private schools for immediate enrollment in public schools.

While giving the directive, the chairman of the state SUBEB, Lawal Buhari Daura said the directive was in line with the state governor, Aminu Bello Masari’s directive that public officers under his administration must ensure they make use public infrastructures including public schools. He however did not say whether or not defaulters of the directive will be penalized.

Pupils In Nigeria Are Intelligent, Therefore Teaching Difficult, Says British Principal

A Briton, Mr. Graham Meredith, says that teaching in Nigerian schools is a difficult task. Meredith, the Principal of Premiere Academy, Lugbe, Abuja, said this during the institution’s sixth graduation ceremony.

He said,

“To be a principal in Nigeria is not an easy job because the kids want to learn. When you have pupils that want to learn and improve themselves, it becomes a big challenge as you have to prepare because they are intelligent.”

According to him, Nigerian educational system is also unique because of many factors, including the desire of the pupils to go for the best.

He added,

“The pupils want to learn and they see it as an opportunity to go to the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Europe to further their careers. They work and study hard and have good manners. From what I have seen, Nigerian pupils also are very respectful.

“If you do well, you can get admission and meet other best scholars across the world. And if you go to the best universities, you are going to meet the best people. But you have to get the entry ticket.”

To boost the moral of teachers, he stated that motivation should be the primary factor to be taken into consideration.

Meredith added,

“Teachers at Premiere are qualified and are specialists in their own field. While some of them have the minimum degree qualification, others have master’s degrees. Besides, teachers here are motivated.


Teacher Yekondunu : The Abrupt End Of An Indeterminate Movie By Gimba Kakanda

I was rung out of sleep, and on the phone I could have let out peals of laughter to relish the cruel joke told, if the caller were a professional colleague of the subject. He’s not an actor, and not a friend likely to start a conversation with a joke as dry as death. I ended the call without a meaningful response. He didn’t call back. As what he’d said sank in, I made my first frantic calls to mutual friends, some of whom were aware, others already ruined by the news. Sadisu Mohammed is dead? On my to-do list for that Friday, June 26, was a meeting at 3:30 PM, but the news meant the triumph of God’s opposition over our proposals. I got my things and headed the way to Minna, still unable to overcome the rippling emotions growing within me, every remembrance of his time and acts an increase in the amplitude of my pain.

He had already been buried by the time I got to Minna, buried with his burden of dreams and ambitions, his humour and conviviality so that describing his existence in past tense now seems like a vulgar expression.

In my effort to join his mourners, my memory took me to the first time he told me about his medical condition. He was my guest, staying with me for the night on his visit to Abuja for an appointment at the National Hospital. I attempted to play down his worry the way he would if I were the worried, teasing that he’s become a Big Man now that he’s acquired their disease. He wasn’t tricked into laughter, which was not typical of his nature so I sought to fix my blunder by boring him with stories of friends who had successfully undergone such surgery. He was my friend and I had to try to mitigate the unfamiliar dourness that had accompanied him to Abuja. He returned from the hospital the next day with a report of rescheduled appointment, and that coming and going, which ended with a referral to Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, became his routine until his last day.

But I was impressed to see him eventually overpowering his condition, returning to his jovial self. He even took part in political causes in the last elections, not afraid to pitch tent with an unpopular party. He still vended his skills as a sought-after compere after the elections. But, of all his achievements, his struggles as a social entrepreneur in a society of economically dependent and less enterprising members were the most remarkable.

Sadisu Mohammed was an industry. He was the filmmaking industry in Niger State, and as the state’s pioneer Chairman of Actors Guild of Nigeria, he dug the foundation for, and built, what became the Nupe film industry. This all at a time the youth were going berserk from frustrated pursuits of academic goals. Before appearing on the screen, he had authored a book of short stories, Inaudible Noise, and also participated in stage plays, becoming an energising figure in the evolving arts scene of Minna, a place that’s earned an unofficial praise as the headquarters of literary activities in the northern Nigeria. This period was from the late 1990s to the early 2000s.

It was his creative spirit as a writer imagining a world that ought to be that guided him to the screen, forming alliances with actors above and below the Niger. He not only partnered with the A-list actors of the Hausa-speaking Kannywood and the English-speaking Nollywood, but got them to act alongside him in Nupe films, introducing Nupe culture to those insulated against it while restating its potentials to the informed.

At the peak of his acting career, which exploded into glory with the pace-setting “Teacher Yekondunu”, a drama loosely based on Wole Soyinka’s “The Lion and the Jewel”, we all teased that he was the most popular Nupe man alive, with his fanbase comprising kids and adults alike. Nobody, not even our politicians, commanded such popularity, especially in the Nupe-dominated hinterlands. Despite the klieglights that turned him into a cult figure, his humility was astonishing. Every outing with him was an interaction with his widespread supporters, either asking odd questions about the wicked character in this movie or the funny remark in that. The kids were even his worst tormentors, and my niece was one of them. Before I moved to Abuja, he was a regular at my place in Tunga, Minna. He was the house clown, always acting in the house for my niece. And whenever he wasn’t seen in days, she would ask, “Babo Chicha Yekondunu dan’o” – where’s Teacher Yekondunu? I’d comfort the young lady that he was at a movie location and that he would visit whenever he is done.

The perfect word to attribute to Sadisu’s venture as an actor and filmmaker is buccaneering. This is for offering the disenfranchised in a society dependent on certificates, petty trading and farming, an option to fend for themselves, boosting both commercial, social and even political engagements from the same society that had not given them a chance. Today, the Nupe film has bred numerous self-employed dreamers who have become social entrepreneurs in society. The same industry paved the way for previously unknown music artistes to access international eyes, making anthems of Nupe songs like Sibombo. This alone justified the turbaning of  Sadisu as “Sarkin Wasan Nupe” – the king of Nupe Entertainment – by the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar Kusodu.

Our Teacher Yekondunu will be remembered for many things, and missed for being what many feared to attempt, but I’m still grappling with the reality of Yekondunu gone, the very hopeful mind who, only last February, on reading my tribute to novelist Abubakar Gimba, said, “I can’t believe we’re discussing Abubakar Gimba in past tense. I can’t remember he is gone forever!”

In Life with a cast of all comers, all freely auditioned, and with indeterminable duration, it’s devastating coming to terms with Sadisu’s last role as a strong-willed husband, political mobiliser and serial entrepreneur, gone to be judged by its impartial Director. Ours now is a prayer, a prayer for his soul at the premiere of Life and redemption in his next role in afterlife.

By Gimba Kakanda

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Dad Goes To Daycare To Pick Up Daughter And Discovers Teacher Has Done The Unthinkable

When an unnamed Washington state father arrived at his daughter’s daycare to take her home, what he found was probably the worse possible situation a parent can stumble upon.
At first, he didn’t know where his 5-year-old daughter was, but he quickly discovered her in the classroom crouching behind a bookshelf in fear as her 31-year-old teacher was allegedly raping her.
According to the teacher, the Kid’s Country childcare center teacher was simply playing an innocent game of “tickle fight,” but according to the young girl, described as articulate and smart, that was far from the truth.

Wisely, the father took his daughter away and, on the ride home, contacted Child Protective Services.
The young girl described to both her father and CPS officials exactly what the teacher had done to her and even told them that he had “raped” her. Her above-average intelligence reportedly allowed her to provide details about the alleged sexual assault that led to the quick arrest of the perverted teacher.

Describing the incident, the girl explained that the teacher wasn’t tickling her at all, rather, his hand had touched her in inappropriate places on her body. The teacher, apparently caught in the act, tried to excuse those inappropriate touches as an “accidental slip of the hand.”
The unidentified man is awaiting his day in court at the King County jail, where he’ll hopefully be punished to the fullest extent that the law allows.

Source: The Tribune 

Update On The Nigerian Teacher Stabbed In Bradford: Student Boasts About Stabbing On Facebook + The Student’s Photo

After stabbing his Science teacher Vincent Uzomah yesterday morning June 11 over a mobile phone, 14 year old Yusaf Khanny went on Facebook to boast shortly before he was arrested. You know what is even scarier? 38 people ‘liked’ his post! Unbelievable. See a photo of the boy below…

FG Plans First Degree As Minimum Teaching Qualification

THE Federal Government is set to make first degree the minimum teaching qualification in Nigeria.

Minister of Education, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, disclosed this yesterday, when he received Finnish Ambassador to Nigeria, Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury, who paid him a visit in his office in Abuja.

He said the Federal Government would explore all measures to restore the respect, dignity and status of teachers in the country.

He was reacting to Ambassador Suomela-Chowdhury’s declaration that all teachers in Finland had a minimum of masters degree and that teaching is a highly competitive profession because of huge interest by too many qualified people.


The minister, who said the target of the Federal Government was to make first degree as minimum teaching qualification, noting that from 1980, the minimum teaching qualification to teach in schools was National Certificate in Education, NCE.

He said this could be upped to first degree in time to come, adding that currently, there was a number of graduates teaching in primary schools in the country.

Shekarau recalled that the country was able to get over the practice in the past where primary school leavers were engaged to teach.

He said:  “The level was raised to Teacher Grade 3 in the 60s, and later on in early 70s, it was minimum of Grade 2, and this was later phased out in the early 80s to a minimum of NCE.

“Gradually we will get there. We hope that a day will come when all our schools including pre-primary will be handled by university graduates.

“The rate at which our universities are increasing shows that in time to come that will be our target. We have a lot to learn from each other regardless of the factor of the size. The challenges are the same.”

He said apart from the general agenda of government for improving access and quality of education, his particular concern as Minister of Education was to improve the quality of teachers as a key factor.

#SmartStart Teacher Tribute: “Bitter are the roots of Study, but how sweet their Fruits”


Today, I want to use my column in celebrating and helping you celebrate our TEACHERS. Firstly, I want to help you remember by asking you these simple questions.

Would you be able to read my write up at all if it hadn’t been your teacher who sweated it out that you knew your A to Z? Some of us, our friends and we ourselves believed we were dullards. But these teachers kept trying. Remember?

Ok? What is 6multiplied by 6 divided by 6? You sabi answer abi? (Don’t laugh) Do you know how long it took you to remember the multiplication table? 7 times, 8 times, 9 times… Chai! Me sef hated them.

Let me share with you this story before I go, my teacher in Primary 5 saw that the whole class was excellent with Dictations, so she said… Hey class! It’s time for dictations. Number 1, she said TAWEL (As she pronounced it though), the whole class spelt it as pronounced except me, I was quite smart though (Laughs). The whole class scored 9 over 10 except me; I went home with a brand new pencil. I can never forget how kingly I felt going home and how much I can’t forget that very day till this day. That teachers name is Mrs. Adewunmi.

Read through these 10 quotes, it helped me brew back those memories and it can help you appreciate them better.

  1. “Anyone who teaches me deserves my respect, honoring and attention.” Sonia Rumzi
  2. “Bitter are the roots of study, but how sweet their fruit.” Cato
  3. “I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well” Alexander the Great
  4. “In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day’s work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.” Jacques Barzun
  5. “Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.” Chinese proverb
  6. ”Often, when I am reading a good book, I stop and thank my teacher.” Anonymous
  7. “Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions.” Anonymous
  8. “A good teacher is like a candle: it consumes itself to light the way for others.” Anonymous
  9. Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges. Joyce Meyer
  10. Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives. Andy Rooney

 Our teachers deserve to be remembered and deserve to be proud. They aren’t perfect but they gave their all, especially the best ones. I celebrate all of whom made me so smart by foundation, made my accent prime by flogging out my wrong pronunciations and made my esteem so cool by appreciation.

Mind you, my primary 2 teacher was the first to tell me… “Adeshope, you are handsome, tell your mum I said that”. I heard it first from my teacher and not even my parents. I have not forgotten till today.

I celebrate my teachers!

And proudly, today I can say that I am a Management Consultant and Corporate Trainer.

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Share this as much as you can till you know you have put a smile on a teachers face. Happy Eid-El-Kabir. Happy Holiday!

Have a great week ahead.