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Taraba govt vows to deal with school principals, others frustrating Kefas’ education policy

The Taraba State Government has warned principals, head teachers, and examination officers plotting against the state’s education policy to desist from such acts. The warning issued by the Commissioner of Education, Augustina Goodwin, during the weekend, followed the discovery of how some principals and examination officers have been surcharging students despite the government settling students’ West African Examination Certificate Examination fees. Goodwin said the government would not hesitate to bring persons caught to book. Some principals and examination officers had been suspended from their areas of primary assignments following their involvement in the allegations. Some students from most of the schools visited have raised the alarm on how they have been denied the opportunity to benefit from the forthcoming WAEC that has been paid for by the state government, accusing their principals and examination officers of deliberately sabotaging the system. They alleged that some principals and examination officers expunge their names and replace them with external candidates who agree to compensate them handsomely. When reached for comments, some examination officers and principals who spoke with our reporter on the conditions of anonymity denied the students’ claims, stating that they are only working with the list made available to them by the Education Resource Centre of the state. Denouncing the claims of the principals and examination officer, Goodwin insisted that the Education Resource Centre is not in a position to determine the number of students eligible to participate in the WAEC. She warned that the ministry, in collaboration with the state government, will not sit back and watch a few individuals frustrate the education policy of the incumbent administration.


Iran’s operation against Israel went better than expected — IRGC commander

DUBAI, April 14. /TASS/. Iran carried out a successful operation against Israel; missiles and drones were able to penetrate the missile defense systems of the Jewish state, Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Hossein Salami said. “We know that our operation was more successful than expected. Our reaction to any aggression from Israel will be more severe,” the Iranian state television channel Press TV quoted him as saying. On the evening of April 13, Iran launched drones and missiles towards Israel, calling it a response to “numerous crimes,”including an attack attributed to Israel on the consular section of the Iranian embassy in Damascus. Iranian state media said the attacks on Israel targeted military sites. The Israel Defense Forces said later that they intercepted 99% of about 300 Iranian shells flying towards the Jewish state, and minor damage was caused to the Nevatim airbase.


Iran’s attack has taken region to brink of all-out war – but Israel always has the last word

Decades of clandestine blood-letting and espionage have burst out of the shadows with the direct Iranian barrage on Israel. Israel has until now used Iranian dissidents to bump off Tehran’s nuclear scientists, kill senior military officers and plausible deniability to launch unclaimed air-strikes. Iran has hit back with attacks, always at arm’s length via Hamas, Hezbollah and other proxies. Now these direct strikes by Iran have taken the region to the brink of all-out war. But whilst they could have been devastating and demonstrated Iranian military power, they fell short of the threshold for all-out war. It seems counter intuitive not to see 300 missiles and drones as a declaration of war but there were no mass casualties and Iran has clearly now placed the ball in Israel’s court. Israel had plenty of warning to see off a salvo of dozens of slow-moving and cumbersome Shahed drones, followed by cruise and ballistic missiles. This could be a kind of pre-ordained script being played out, with both sides back-channelling through the Gulf States what would be acceptable. But there is plenty of room for a deadly miscalculation by either side. Tehran had to be seen to do something, whilst avoiding mass casualties. As proved by Israel’s post Hamas attacks from Gaza, this would be a red-line. But as a senior Israeli intelligence officer once told me: “ We live in a tough neighbourhood. Don’t come to Israel expecting a fair game – if you come at us with a stick, we take a baseball bat, use a knife we will take a gun and so on.” Iran has crossed the line, broken an unspoken deal not to directly attack. And Israel always has the last word.

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