The National Commission for Nomadic Education, Kaduna has raised the alarm over the mounting level of insecurity in the South East zone.
It said that the frequent bloody clashes existing between the herdsmen and the farmers in their host communities in the zone were the major setbacks in the enrolment of students in the nomadic schools in the areas.
This was disclosed by the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Prof Bashir Haruna Usman, at a 5-day teachers training workshop for nomadic teachers on the use of Curriculum Guides, Records Keeping, Guidance & Counselling and Multigrade Teaching Techniques in the South East held in Anambra State.
Prof Usman, represented by the Commission’s Director, Social Mobilisation and Outreach, Mohammed El-Nafaty, added that kidnapping and other social vices being perpetuated in the zone has hindered the efforts of the Commission to ensure that nomads get the best education for self-development.
“The Commission is particularly worried about the state of affairs in the South East zone which is informed by the heightening levels of insecurity challenges relating to conflict between farmers and pastoralists, kidnapping and other social vices in the zone”, he lamented.
“However, the teacher productivity is always tied to intrinsic motivation which suggests that teachers’ welfare must be enhanced, particularly those in the nomadic schools. However, the Commission is also trying to explore other opportunities in collaboration with states and local governments to improve the teaching and learning environment in nomadic schools.”
In his speech, the state governor, Willie Obiano, represented by his Commissioner for Education, Prof Kate Omenugha, said that despite those aforesaid challenges, the state has stood out from the crowd to record significant enrolment of nomads in the schools established in the states.