The National Commission for Nomadic Education has lamented that the clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Benue state has led to the closure of 12 out of the 24 nomadic schools in the state.
This was made known on Tuesday by the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Prof. Bashir Usman, during a workshop for nomadic teachers in the South-south.
Usman 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.”
He disclosed 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,” Usman said.