School child learnt vile insults at another joint, not on mum’s knee

School child learnt vile insults at another joint, not on mum’s knee

By NJOKI CHEGEMore by this Author The most outrageous video I have watched in the recent past is that of a pupil of Consolata School spewing a tirade of expletives faster and better than your average Kenyan Member of Parliament. If you have not watched the videos, I suggest that you don’t. Kenyans collectively expressed […]

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'Shameful rise': 18% of children now leave school as low achievers | Education

‘Shameful rise’: 18% of children now leave school as low achievers | Education

The number of children leaving school without basic qualifications by the age of 18 has risen by nearly a quarter in the past three years, according to a report by the children’s commissioner for England. Almost one in five children (18%) left school last year without the government benchmark of five good GCSEs, or the […]

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Alex Malcolm murder: inquest points to failings by probation service | Society

Alex Malcolm murder: inquest points to failings by probation service | Society

A jury has concluded that a five-year-old boy was unlawfully killed by his mother’s former partner, and condemned the probation service for a litany of major failings. Alex Malcolm was beaten to death by Marvyn Iheanacho, the former partner of his mother, Liliya Breha, after the boy lost one of his trainers in a park […]

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Concerns raised over prosecution of trafficked British children | Law

Concerns raised over prosecution of trafficked British children | Law

The children’s commissioner is raising concerns with the Crown Prosecution Service about young victims of human trafficking being prosecuted rather than protected, following a Guardian investigation. Anne Longfield said she would be speaking with the CPS about young British victims of human trafficking being charged and prosecuted contrary to guidelines. The Guardian’s findings came as […]

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The Guardian view on the school climate strike: protests that matter | Editorial | Opinion

The Guardian view on the school climate strike: protests that matter | Editorial | Opinion

This Friday’s school strike, which adults around the world have been asked to join, is the largest mobilisation yet attempted by the youth climate movement launched last year by the Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg. As such, it is an event of international significance. History shows not only that social change is possible, even when the […]

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The Guardian view on teacher workloads: big lessons to learn | Editorial | Opinion

The Guardian view on teacher workloads: big lessons to learn | Editorial | Opinion

The new secretary of state for education, Gavin Williamson, knows a lot about the heavy workloads piled on teachers. His wife used to teach in a primary school. Then she left the profession to become a teaching assistant partly because, he said this month, “there was always a big challenge in terms of workload, and […]

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Public to be able to ask for longer sentences for stalkers and abusers | Law

Public to be able to ask for longer sentences for stalkers and abusers | Law

Stalkers, domestic abusers and paedophiles face having their jail sentences increased if victims or members of the public complain their punishment is too lenient as the government continues to roll out its tough-on-crime agenda. The unduly lenient scheme (ULS) gives anyone the power to ask the attorney general to consider referring a sentence to the […]

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Councils ‘unwittingly helping drug gangs recruit children’ | UK news

Councils ‘unwittingly helping drug gangs recruit children’ | UK news

Councils are unwittingly acting as “recruiting sergeants” for drug gangs by sending vulnerable children to care homes miles away from where they live, a parliamentary inquiry has found. Thousands of young people who are sent to children’s homes up to 100 miles (161km) from their homes are becoming magnets for paedophiles and gangs who use […]

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Repeat after me: vagina is not a dirty word | Nicola Heath | Opinion

Repeat after me: vagina is not a dirty word | Nicola Heath | Opinion

When Dr Jen Gunter, a US-based gynaecologist, and her publisher, Kensington Books, sought to promote her new book on Twitter, they ran into trouble. The problem was the title: The Vagina Bible. It appeared that “vagina” was red-flagged by Twitter Ads as “inappropriate language”. Gunter was understandably outraged: “When we’re not allowed to say a […]

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Revealed: surge in vulnerable children linked to UK drug gangs | UK news

Revealed: surge in vulnerable children linked to UK drug gangs | UK news

The scale of the “county lines” national drugs network crisis is laid bare as figures analysed by the Guardian reveal the soaring number of cases in which vulnerable children are linked to gangs. In 2017-18, 8,650 assessments by children’s services in England noted young people as being vulnerable with gangs identified as an issue. This […]

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