The Boko Haram pattern of behavior makes it all the more important that the safe schools initiative launched by Nigerian business leaders last week gets off the ground quickly. While Boko Haram are a small extremist faction with limited demographic reach, it will take a tougher approach to school security and safety to reassure girls' parents and teachers that their school in the northern states is safe enough to attend. That is why foreign governments are now offering financial support for security guards and for proper fortifications and security equipment to give any school threatened by a terrorist attack the best possible chance of surviving it intact.
The increase in the numbers of graduates has shown that the UK can produce large numbers of high-skilled people. A common criticism of university graduates is that they end up doing jobs that do not require a degree. What is needed is not fewer graduates, but an increase both in high-skilled jobs and in employers who are prepared to take responsibility for developing their staff to get them into these jobs.