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    THE WEST AFRICAN EXAMINATION COUNCIL HELD ITS 17TH ANNUAL MEETING IN LAGOS THIS WEEK (14-16).?

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    THE WEST AFRICAN EXAMINATION COUNCIL HELD ITS 17TH ANNUAL MEETING IN LAGOS THIS WEEK (14-16). DELEGATES FRO THE FOUR MEMBER COUNTRIES -- SIERRA LEONE, GAMBIA, GHANA AND NIGERIA -- MET UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF DR. NICOL OF SIERRA LEON.

    THE POSSIBILITY OF EXTENDING THE COUNCIL TO INCLUDE NON-COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES WAS ON THE AGENDA, AND A WOMAN DELEGATE FROM MONROVIA ATTENDED THE THREE-DAY CONFERENCE AS AN OBSERVER -- LIBERIA HAS ALREADY APPLIED FOR MEMBERSHIP.

    THE COUNCIL ALSO REVIEWED EXAMINATION SYLLABUSES WITH THE AIM OF ENSURING COMMON STANDARDS IN LL THE MEMBER COUNTRIES.

    ANOTHER VITAL TOPIC WAS THE DANGER OF LEAKAGES OF EXAMINATION PAPERS -- THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT APPOINTED A COMMISSION OF INQUIRY AFTER REPORTS THAT THE 1968 EXAMINATION PAPERS WERE LEAKED. MR. WENIKE BRIGGS. NIGERIAN FEDERAL COMMISSIONER FOR EDUCATION, TOLD DELEGATES AT THE OPENING SESSION THAT THE FEDERAL MILITARY GOVERNMENT WAS AT PRESENT STUDYING THE TRIBUNAL'S REPORT.

    MR. BRIGGS TOLD DELEGATES THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD PURSUE WITH THE UTMOST URGENCY THE EXPANSION OF EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES IN EACH OF THE 12 STATES OF THE NIGERIAN FEDERATION. HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT WOULD TAKE EVERY POSSIBLE MEASURE TO RAISE THE STANDARD OF EDUCATION OF THOSE STATES WHERE, FOR MAINLY GEOGRAPHICAL AND ECONOMIC REASONS, "DEVELOPMENT HAS BEEN AT A SLOWER RATE THAN IN MORE FORTUNATELY SITUATED AREAS."
    HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT WOULD PURSUE THE RECONSTRUCTION AND REHABILITATION OF EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES AND FACILITIES IN THE THREE EASTERN STATES WHICH IN 1967 BECAME THE BREAKAWAY REPUBLIC OF BIAFRA.

    (REPORTS FROM BIAFRA INDICATE THAT ITS EDUCATION SYSTEM, FORMERLY ONE OF THE MOST DEVELOPED IN BLACK AFRICA, HAS BEEN SEVERELY DISRUPTED BY THE 21-MONTH-OLD CIVIL WAR. ACCORDING TO OFFICIAL FIGURES, THE REGION FORMERLY HAS 1,250,000 CHILDREN IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND 80,000 STUDENTS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS, COLLEGES, COMMERCIAL AND TECHNICAL INSTITUTIONS. EDUCATION OFFICIALS IN BIAFRA NOW SAY THAT IT WILL TAKE MANY YEARS AFTER HOSTILITIES CEASE TO CATCH UP AGAIN WITH THE REST OF NIGERIA.)

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    Film ID:
    VLVACEPMPQSV1YWSDS1RACU3TNSZT
    Media URN:
    VLVACEPMPQSV1YWSDS1RACU3TNSZT
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/04/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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