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United Kingdom: School mental health problems extend to primary-age pupils amid cuts to support

United Kingdom/ 02.04.2018/ From:

Los niños de escuela primaria muestran signos de problemas de salud mental, como ansiedad, ataques de pánico y depresión, en medio de recortes al apoyo de especialistas, sugiere una nueva encuesta de docentes.

Primary school children are showing signs of mental health problems – including anxiety, panic attacks and depression – amid cuts to specialist support, a new survey of teachers suggests.

The vast majority (96 per cent) of teachers say they have come into contact with pupils of all ages experiencing mental health issues, according to research from the NASUWT teaching union.

Of these, around one in seven (14 per cent) said that pupils experiencing these difficulties were aged between four and seven, while over a quarter (27 per cent) said they were aged seven to 11.

One teacher spoke of an 8-year-old who climbed onto the roof and said they wanted to kill themselves.

They added the incident was “not deemed serious enough” to get support from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. “Access to mental health services is appalling for young children,” the teacher said.

The poll, of more than 1,300 teachers, found school staff were most likely to pupils aged 11 to 16 (68 per cent) experienced problems, making it harder for them to participate in class and to make friends.

Teachers said family problems (86 per cent), pressures of exams (66 per cent) and social media (64 per cent) were main causes of mental health problems such as self-harming, eating disorders and OCD.

The poll found that the majority (86 per cent) are aware of pupils sharing sexual messages, photos and videos with each other, and nearly four in 10 know students who have been sexually harassed by pupils.UK news in pictures.

One teacher said they had heard of pupils’ faces being photoshopped onto “pornographic images” by other students.

The survey also finds that a fifth teachers think children were moved on or excluded from a their school for unofficial reasons. Of those, almost half felt it was because of their low academic attainment affecting league tables and a third felt it was because the pupil has special needs.

Another teacher said: “I work with excluded pupils and feel that there is very little support for them on mental health issues – even though this may be the driving factor behind their exclusion, the expectation is still for them to achieve in line with GCSE targets.”

Chris Keates, general secretary of NASUWT, said: «Teachers have never before had to deal with such a complex range of pupil welfare issues as they do today.

«The pressure on teachers and headteachers is enormous and is putting at risk their own mental and physical health and wellbeing.»

She added: “These challenges are compounded by cuts to school staffing and to external specialist support. The government must bear responsibility for the position in which schools find themselves. It is a betrayal of staff and pupils to continue to expect schools alone to deal with all of these issues.”

A Department for Education spokesperson said: “We want all young people to grow up feeling confident about themselves and able to get the right mental health support when they need it.

“We have pledged £1.7bn to improve the mental health services on offer to children and young people. But we know there is more to be done to ensure progress in this area, which is why we have recently outlined proposals to improve links between the NHS and schools, provide quicker access to intensive support and more capacity to be able to intervene earlier.”


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Tanzania: Quality Education Compromised in Mwanza

Tanzania/March 06, 2018/Source:

Learners at Ching’ombe Primary School in Mwanza have to wait a bit longer before accessing quality education at the school as authorities are yet to finalize processing money for maintenance works of two classroom blocks whose roofs were blown off on November 10, last year.

About four months now lessons have been conducted under trees, a development some quarters of the society are blaming on district council authorities for taking too long to address the situation at the institution.

When Malawi News Agency (MANA) visited the school in Futsa Education Zone in Mpandadzi Ward located in Mwanza West Constituency on Thursday to appreciate the situation on the ground, it was revealed that only the backside of one block for two classrooms was roofed.

Meanwhile, the school management has been compelled to combine two classes in one classroom while lessons for other classes are being conducted under trees, a situation which head teacher for the school, Fecknala Mkwapatira described as limiting factor to delivery of quality education at the school.

“Education standards have been compromised at our school because since the incident happened about four months ago, classes have been interrupted by several external factors such as rains, coldness and heat among others,” explained Mkwapatira.

He then urged relevant authorities to promptly address the problem at the school.

District Commissioner for Mwanza, Humphrey Gondwe in an interview said he advised District Education Manager’s (DEM’s) office to authorize management of the school to use part of School Improvement Grant (SIG) as starter pack to do maintenance work of the two blocks in question as council looks for well wishers to assist.

“I already gave way forward to former DEM immediately the incident happened to release money for that purpose,” said Gondwe who seemed to be surprised that the work wasn’t done.

He then said he would, in liaison with current DEM, speed up the process to address the matter.

The current DEM, Saulos Namani in an interview with Mana acknowledged the pathetic situation at the school but attributed the delay to some coordinating primary education advisors who haven’t submitted new account numbers for schools in their zones to the education accounts office following recent changes of account numbers at the bank.

“Five out of 11 schools that are on one chunk of cheque for their respective SIG are yet to submit their new account numbers to my office so that accounts personnel can process the SIG for them including Ching’ombe school,” he said.

However, Namani expressed fears that the money was too little for the whole work to be done.

“It is only 40 percent of total sum of about K640,000 under access and equity component of SIG which will not be enough to complete renovation works,” said Namani.


Quality Education Compromised in Mwanza


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Malasya: 100 per cent access to early childhood education by 2020’

Malasya/January 3, 2018/By: Saiful Bahari,

Access to early childhood education in Sarawak is set to reach 100 per cent by 2020.

Minister of Welfare, Community Well Being, Women, Family and Childhood Development Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said currently, 97.5 per cent of children in Year 1 underwent preschool education prior to entering primary school.

“Our vision to provide access to early childhood education to all is showing signs of success, and awareness among parents is significantly showing improvement,” she said during a visit to the Community Development Department (Kemas) Taska Permata at Kampung Sri Tajo, Asajaya yesterday.

Fatimah said the government’s aim to provide 100 per cent access to early childhood education by 2020 can be achieved and is nearing its target.

On a related matter, the minister stressed that the quality of early childhood education is another important factor that needs to be looked into, as it will provide the necessary impact.

“Access needs to be complemented with the right quality, and these traits are the pillars toward producing a quality child who is ready to enter primary school.

“The government continuously looks into how we can develop preschool teachers and their teaching materials and methods to ensure that we can churn out the best to shape the child,” she said.

The government, added Fatimah, will continue to empower preschool training centres for teachers, and its learning module will be improved constantly to ensure it gives the best results. During her visit, she presented the Quality Preschool Benchmark Award 2017 for government preschool to staff of Taska Permata Kampung Sri Tajo.

Kota Samarahan MP Rubiah Wang and Kemas state director Mohd Zamri Mustajab were among those present.


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Kenia: KCPE candidates get wrong results as Knec vows to tackle issue

Kenia / 29 de noviembre de 2017 / Fuente:

When this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination results were released on Tuesday, Maina Lewis Mwangi of index number 20409008066 was optimistic of getting good results.

Master Mwangi, who sat his examination at Wangu Primary School, Dandora, in Nairobi, sent a text to 22252 in order to get the results as had been advised by Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i during the morning session.

With assurance by the ministry that the examinations were accurate, Master Mwangi got a text message that indicated that he had scored ENG 68B, KIS 56C+, KSL==, MAT 43C-, SCI 29D-, SSR 70B+ Total 266 marks out of 500.

He was not satisfied. He sent another text, which indicated that he had scored ENG 68B, KIS 56C+, KSL==, MAT 43C- , SCI 61B-, SSR 70B+ Total 298.

The scores were different in terms of the Science subject as in the first text he scored 29D while in the second it was 61B.

The candidate is now among 345 candidates whose erroneous results the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) says it is handling.

On Thursday, a total of 535 candidates at Olympic Primary School in Nairobi finally received their correct exam results after two days of anxiety.


In the previous results, the best candidate had 384 marks but, after the correction, the top candidate had 427 marks with 13 candidates getting more than 400 marks.

The mother of Master Maina, Ms Elimina Mwikali, told the Sunday Nation that she had raised the issue with the school and was told that many parents had complained about the same issue.

According to her, manual remarking of the examination will rectify these errors, which she said were introduced by the computer during the marking process.

“They should not be in a hurry to release exam results,” she said.

In Siaya, errors in KCPE results for many schools in Gem sub-county are yet to be corrected.

Siaya County Director of Education Kituyi Masibo has asked all aggrieved candidates, parents and teachers to remain calm as they wait for the official printout of the results.

Mr Masibo, who spoke to the Sunday Nation, said he received numerous complaints from head teachers from various primary schools in Wagai division, Gem Sub-County, claiming their results were erroneous.

“Let us wait for the official printout of the results expected in the county today,” Mr Masibo said.

The teachers, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the results have killed the spirit of the candidates and the final mean grades of their schools.

They said that the results coincidentally awarded a majority of candidates with a standard mark of 51 per cent in Mathematics and 60 per cent in English.

Some of the affected schools in Wagai division include Malunga, Ober, Uriri, Ujimbe, Oseno, Wagai, Ulamba, Apuoyo, Asai, Aluor Girls, Kaudha, Nyasidhi and Wagwer primary schools.
The teachers called on Knec to rectify the problem before the beginning of Form One selection set to begin next month.

They also read mischief in the manner in which Knec resorted to coincidentally awarding candidates the same marks.

“We call upon Knec to immediately look at that matter and ensure that the mistakes are corrected and guarantee the best pupils an opportunity to join their preferred schools,” a teacher said.

However, one teacher has since admitted that the error has been corrected and hopes that the matter will be resolved fully.

Speaking on Tuesday during the release of the examination results at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum of Development, Knec chairman George Magoha said the acquisition of 20 new scanning machines that cost Sh100 million enabled the marking of the examination to be completed in two weeks.

“The new machines are faster, more efficient and accurate when it comes to processing the examinations. The council was able to realise accuracy of up to 99.99 per cent in processing the papers,” he said.

He said that for composition, sign language and braille, the council engaged 5,316 teachers who completed the work within five days.

On Saturday, Prof Magoha could not be reached for comment on the issue.

However on Friday, acting chief executive Mercy Karogo acknowledged that there were concerns but said the council was addressing them.

“We have received complaints and addressed a number of them and will continue to do so,” she said.

In Naivasha, 20 candidates at Mt Longonot School received their correct exam results on Friday, ending the anxiety that characterised the results announcement.

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Nigeria: Buhari backs firing of teachers who failed primary school exam

Nigeria / 15 de noviembre de 2017 / Por: MOHAMMED MOMOH / Fuente:

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has endorsed the sacking of 21,000 teachers who failed a primary school examination.

President Buhari approved the dismissal despite strong opposition from labour unions.

The examination was conducted by the Kaduna State government for 33,000 teachers, as part of its education reform.

President Buhari endorsed the sacking at the opening of a special retreat of the Federal Executive Council on Education, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Monday.

Kaduna Governor Nasir El Rufa’i came under attacks recently, especially from the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), over the action on the teachers, many of who are secondary school certificate holders.

The mass layoff prompted a protest on November 8.


However, President Buhari described the situation as «very, very serious’’ and said «it is bad that teachers cannot pass the exams that they are supposed to teach the children’’.

“Having been an orphan, I still feel that whatever I did in life so far was built by boarding school. For nine years, I was in a boarding school, three in primary and six in secondary school.

“In those days, teachers treated their students like their own children. If you did well, they told you, you did well, if you didn’t do well, they never spared the rod,» he said.


The president said that with the rot in the education sector, drastic measures had become necessary to salvage the situation.

He said the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) was committed to all the electoral promises made to revamp the education sector.

The Nigerian leader also revealed that the current statistics of the out of school children stood at 13.2 million, up from the 10 million estimated by the United Nations a few years back.

“We cannot afford to continue lagging behind. Education is our launch-pad to a more successful, more productive and more prosperous future.

“This administration is committed to revitalising our education system and making it more responsive and globally competitive.”

He commended the Ministry of Education for setting the stage for the national conversation that aimed at refocusing the education sector.

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Kenia: Pupils hopeful of posting good results despite political tension

Kenia / 01 de noviembre / Fuente:

Primary school children from areas hit by violence during last week’s repeat presidential election were yesterday gearing up for the national exams that start this morning.

The Nation found the children rehearsing for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination, hoping for improved performance in the examinations that end on Thursday.

At Pandpieri Primary School in Kisumu County, headteacher Veronica Otieno said the 121 pupils were ready for the exams.

 “Due to our location next to Nyalenda slums, we have had to contend with a lot of challenges since the region has experienced confrontations with police in the run-up to the October 26 presidential polls,” she said.


Mr Peter Okello, the headteacher at Hekima Primary School, which has 16 candidates, said: We have taken our students through a thorough revision exercise and we hope to improve on the 341 mean score we attained last year.”

Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) Kisumu executive secretary Joshua Ogallo called on the government to increase security patrols around schools to ensure the smooth administration of the exams.

Kakamega County Director of Education Fred Kiiru said a total of 46,594 candidates — 22,150 boys and 24,443 girls— will sit the exams.

“We have finalised all the logistics including transportation of exam materials to respective centres and ensuring adequate security,” he said.

Jackeline Walumbe, the public relations manager at Bridge International, said most of the candidates will sit the examination in public schools.

“We have about 3,628 candidates across the country, with 85 in Busia. We expect to perform well this year, since recording a positive trajectory in the past two years,” she said.


In Kisii, 30,618 standard eight candidates will sit the test in 918 centres spread across nine sub-counties according to the county education director William Sugut.

In Mount Kenya, examiners asked the government to ferry examination materials by air because most of the roads had been rendered impassable by heavy rainfall. Education director Margaret Mwirigi said they had procured several four-wheel drive vehicles to help in the exercise.

Tharaka Nithi county commissioner Florence Amoit sought to assure the candidates and teachers that security forces would provide adequate security as the Mandera education boss Abdihamid Maalim said the county’s  5,232 candidates were all ready for the test.

In Meru, 32 inmates from Meru GK main prison participated in yesterday’s rehearsal that was conducted countywide.


Nyandarua education chief Abbakar Hassan said: “We have already sent supervisors and security men to all examination centres. We do not anticipate any challenges since we are fully prepared.”

In Nakuru, 44 inmates from Naivasha Maximum Security Prison will be among thousands of candidates and among them is 65-year-old Stephen Muria Mwangi who will be writing the test for the first time sharing the examination hall with the youngest candidate at the institution — 19-year-old Harrison Kipyego Bungei.

At the Nakuru prison, five women and eight men inmates will sit the examination, according to the head of the institution James Sawe.

The Kenya Defence Forces will provide extra security to officers manning the exams in some schools in Wajir South constituency, which lies on the Kenya-Somalia border. Deputy County commissioner Felix Kisalu said the KDF officers will join police in protecting the candidates, teachers and examiners in Wajir Bor area to Gherille in Wajir South.

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