Why some schools in Nigeria are refusing to offer physical education
Posted On July 24, 2021
Many schools in the Nigerian capital Nairobi, known as the capital of Nairo-Addis Ababa, are refusing pupils physical education, the country’s largest city and largest city in Africa.
The head of the Nairo City School, Yolanda Zamba, said teachers have told her they have been denied the right to teach physical education to pupils, as well as physical education instruction for older children, because of the threat posed by Boko Haram, also known as Boko Haram.
Zamba said some schools have also been told by parents to give pupils lessons in the Koran instead of physical education.
“We have been told that they are teaching in the language of the Koran, and that is not allowed, so there is no physical education for young children,” she told Al Jazeera.
Zamba also said some teachers were being prevented from working at some schools, including those in the city’s busy and expensive areas.
Some schools in Nairo, like the one in Nabi Younes, where a teacher was murdered last year, have refused to accept pupils from under-privileged families.
Zambamba said many teachers had lost their jobs in the aftermath of the attack, which was claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group.
“A lot of people have lost their livelihoods because of this.
Some teachers have been sacked, others have been detained and some are in prison,” she said.
Many of those detained are from families that have struggled to feed their children.
While some schools and teachers are still accepting pupils, others are refusing them, including the Nabi Yara and Niyokani schools, which have been among the hardest hit in Nabori, Nigeria’s largest and most populous city, according to a UNICEF report released in January.
UNICEF said more than 100 schools in five states of Nabora, Niger and Chad have been closed because of Boko Haram’s violence.
“Nabori is the capital, Nairo is the economic centre, and Nairo itself is the most important city in the country.
This means the situation for students in Naba Younes and Nababa is even more precarious,” the report said.
The report also warned that the situation was deteriorating because of a lack of resources for physical education in the urban areas.
According to the report, there is a shortage of health and dental care facilities and the cost of medicines is high.
“There is a real lack of funds and the health system in Nababo is not equipped to deal with the situation,” the UNICEf said.UNICEf called for Nigeria to build physical education infrastructure in the capital and make more schools available for students.
In the past, Naboris education system has been criticised for being poorly designed and lacking in physical education resources.
In May, the UN Children’s Fund said there were nearly 500 schools and colleges that were unable to accommodate pupils.
Nababa, Nabi, Lagos and the capital city of Abuja have all been hit by the outbreak of Boko Harakah, which has killed more than 7,000 people and displaced millions.
Since December, the Nigerian government has said it is targeting IS militants in a bid to stamp out the group.