Closing the Gap in Boy-Child Education

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Closing the Gap in Boy-Child Education
News from AllAfrica.com:

The education of the boy-child before now has never dominated public discourse, because males have always been viewed as more educationally advantageous than their female counterparts. In this report, OSBY ISIBOR writes on the Federal Government’s Back to School programme in light of such past unsustained programmes.

The national campaign on back-to-school for the boy-child in the South East – recently launched by the Federal Government in Enugu State – may not have come at a better time than now.

There are several men from the South-East geopolitical zone of Nigeria who never had access to formal education. Investigation shows that many adolescent males in the region prefer to take up a vocation in trading than continue in formal education, which has created a huge gap in boy-child education in the region.

It is in view of the above that the Federal Government launched the Back to School programme to address the challenge of boy-child education in the zone. African women have historically been side-lined from the mainstream of society, but this has slowly changed over the years and we now see a new generation of women rising to positions of power on the continent.

At the inauguration of the Back to School campaign in Enugu on June 19, 2012, President Goodluck Jonathan directed the Ministry of Education to construct additional schools in the…………… continues on AllAfrica.com

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Back to school: Special needs kids staying in traditional programs
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LOS ANGELES — The high cost of educating students with special needs is disproportionately falling on traditional public schools as other students increasingly opt for alternatives that aren’t always readily open to those requiring special education.

The issue is particularly acute in districts where enrollment has declined due to demographic changes such as low birth rates and population shifts combined with an influx of charter schools and voucher programs that have siphoned off students.

School district officials say all schools that receive public funds should share the cost of special education.

“It raises an ethical responsibility question,” said Eric Gordon, chief executive officer of Cleveland Metropolitan School District. “We welcome our students with special needs, but the most expensive programming is on public districts.”

In Cleveland, the district has lost 41 percent of its students since 1996 while its proportion of students with special needs rose from 13.4 percent to 22.9 percent last year. In Milwaukee, enrollment has dropped by nearly 19 percent over the past decade, but the percentage of students with disabilities has risen from 15.8 percent in 2002 to 19.7 percent in 2012.

Los Angeles, the nation’s second largest system with 665,000 students, has seen enrollment slide by 8.5 percent since 2005-06, while…………… continues on Daily Democrat

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