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AFTER students have been out of school for the greater part of 2020 due to the  coronavirus pandemic which has continued to ravage the global community, Nigerian government, early this year, succumbed to the  pressure mounted by some parents, guardians, proprietors of schools, the  public, as well as pupils and the schools reopened despite reported resurgence of the dreaded pandemic in the country.

  The pressure was not only from within but outside the country. One of them came from United Nations International Children Education Fund (UNICEF), calling for pupils to be taken back to school despite the growing surge of COVID 19 around the world.

  JAMB, this year,  introduced USSD code for registration as an option to the sms process of generating a profile code for registration in 2021 UTME,  and also blamed COVID-19 for students’ poor performance, while the head of Nigeria National Office (HNO) of West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Patrick Areghan disclosed that About 70% of candidates that sat for 2021 West  African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) private examination failed to credit five subjects including English and mathematics.

  The Federal Executive Council ( FEC), this year, approved 65 years as the nationwide retirement age for teachers which was disclosed by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, even as Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had gone on series of strikes and recently  called on stakeholders to stave off another long strike by intervening in the refusal of the federal government to honour its agreement with the union .

  The federal government also employed siblings of dead NYSC members in civil service, while the principal of Community Secondary School, Kadandani, in Rimi Local Government Area of Katsina State, Ibrahim Sale, was paraded before newsmen by police for allegedly raping and impregnating his 12 year old student.

  Sylvester Omoroni jnr, a junior secondary school student at Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos, was brutally bullied to death by some senior students of the school for refusing to join their cult, while 13-year old Nuhu Yahaya, a junior secondary student of the Federal Government College, Kwali, Abuja, was beaten to death by his teacher over failure of the student to do his assignment.

  Anambra State celebrated the outstanding performance of its students. According to a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C. Don Adinuba, Anambra secured 30 out of the 70 slots won by the Southeast through merit in the admission process as the zone dusted other part of the country comfortably. They got the best two results in the 2020 admission into admission organised by the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB). Also, six Anambra schools benefitted from oil, gas education intervention programme, even as an Anambra-born teacher invented new writing methods.

  Few weeks ago, Anambra born Ifeoma Okoli , despite blindness,  bagged a  PhD in University of Ibadan, making her the first woman to achieve the academic feat in Nigeria.

 In employment and development , Anambra recruited 500 primary school teachers to enhance teaching and learning.

Anambra and the entire Southeast’s   learning are seriously affected by the constant sit at home orders issued by the Indegenous People of Biafra, particularly  on Mondays.

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