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  •  The Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola was on Thursday in Abuja conferred with a lifetime achievement award by the National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria NAPTAN The National President of the association Mr Haruna Danjuma said that the award was based on Aregbesola s outstanding performances as a former governor of Osun and as minister especially in the area of education Danjuma was represented by the Deputy National President of the association Chief Adeolu Ogunbanjo The national president described Aregbesola as an astute administrator and a humanist who had devoted his time to the service to humanity We have no choice than to celebrate him and give him an award as well as appreciate him and his work as a major stakeholder in education sector in the country This award we believe will go a long way to spur him up to continue to do more and for our children to emulate him and take over from him in all strata of human endeaviour he said Danjuma however said that the minister s giant strides while he was the governor of Osun was worthy of commendation He added that the minister succeeded in standardising the educational system of Osun by building about 3 685 classrooms among others for the benefit of the people of the state This is the area he stands tall among his contemporaries and the statistics are there for everyone to see hence our resolve to honour him with an award the PTA Danjuma added that as a minister Aregbesola had succeeded in changing the nomenclature of the nation s Prison Service which culminated in rebranding the service as the Nigerian Correctional Service NCoS Today the inmates in our correctional centres can now enroll in education even up to higher institutions and the surprising thing is that most of them come out in flying colours The inmates are also encouraged in all the correctional centres to enroll in studies so that at the end of their jail term they can be useful to themselves parents the society and the country As parents some of us have lost hope in some of them serving jail terms but he succeeded in changing the narratives for the better he added Earlier the minister thanked the association for finding him worthy of the award adding that he would continue to partner with them in their quest to build the nation Aregbesola however promised to continue to do his best for the state and the country at large especially in the area of education NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Aregbesola bags lifetime achievement award
     The Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola was on Thursday in Abuja conferred with a lifetime achievement award by the National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria NAPTAN The National President of the association Mr Haruna Danjuma said that the award was based on Aregbesola s outstanding performances as a former governor of Osun and as minister especially in the area of education Danjuma was represented by the Deputy National President of the association Chief Adeolu Ogunbanjo The national president described Aregbesola as an astute administrator and a humanist who had devoted his time to the service to humanity We have no choice than to celebrate him and give him an award as well as appreciate him and his work as a major stakeholder in education sector in the country This award we believe will go a long way to spur him up to continue to do more and for our children to emulate him and take over from him in all strata of human endeaviour he said Danjuma however said that the minister s giant strides while he was the governor of Osun was worthy of commendation He added that the minister succeeded in standardising the educational system of Osun by building about 3 685 classrooms among others for the benefit of the people of the state This is the area he stands tall among his contemporaries and the statistics are there for everyone to see hence our resolve to honour him with an award the PTA Danjuma added that as a minister Aregbesola had succeeded in changing the nomenclature of the nation s Prison Service which culminated in rebranding the service as the Nigerian Correctional Service NCoS Today the inmates in our correctional centres can now enroll in education even up to higher institutions and the surprising thing is that most of them come out in flying colours The inmates are also encouraged in all the correctional centres to enroll in studies so that at the end of their jail term they can be useful to themselves parents the society and the country As parents some of us have lost hope in some of them serving jail terms but he succeeded in changing the narratives for the better he added Earlier the minister thanked the association for finding him worthy of the award adding that he would continue to partner with them in their quest to build the nation Aregbesola however promised to continue to do his best for the state and the country at large especially in the area of education NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Aregbesola bags lifetime achievement award
    Defence/Security2 weeks ago

    Aregbesola bags lifetime achievement award

    The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola was on Thursday in Abuja conferred with a lifetime achievement award by the National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN).

    The National President of the association, Mr Haruna Danjuma, said that the award was based on Aregbesola’s outstanding performances as a former governor of Osun and as minister, especially, in the area of education.

    Danjuma was represented by the Deputy National President of the association, Chief Adeolu Ogunbanjo.

    The national president described Aregbesola as an astute administrator and a humanist, who had devoted his time to the service to humanity.

    “We have no choice than to celebrate him and give him an award, as well as appreciate him and his work ,as a major stakeholder in education sector in the country.

    “This award, we believe, will go a long way to spur him up to continue to do more and for our children to emulate him and take over from him in all strata of human endeaviour,” he said.

    Danjuma, however, said that the minister’s giant strides while he was the governor of Osun, was worthy of commendation.

    He added that the minister succeeded in standardising the educational system of Osun by building about 3, 685 classrooms among others for the benefit of the people of the state.

    “This is the area he stands tall among his contemporaries and the statistics are there for everyone to see, hence our resolve to honour him with an award,” the PTA  Danjuma added that as a minister, Aregbesola had succeeded in changing the nomenclature of the nation’s Prison Service which culminated in rebranding the service as the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS).

    “Today, the inmates in our correctional centres can now enroll in education, even up to higher institutions and the surprising thing is that most of them come out in flying colours.

    “The inmates are also encouraged in all the correctional centres to enroll in studies so that at the end of their jail term, they can be useful to themselves, parents, the society and the country.

    “As parents, some of us have lost hope in some of them serving jail terms, but he succeeded in changing the narratives for the better,” he added.

    Earlier, the minister thanked the association for finding him worthy of the award, adding that he would continue to partner with them in their quest to build the nation.

    Aregbesola, however, promised to continue to do his best for the state and the country at large, especially, in the area of education.  


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  •  Some education stakeholders said on Friday that the recurrent sacking of primary school teachers by the Kaduna State Government was counterproductive to the development of basic education in the state The stakeholders stated this in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna while reacting to the recent sacking of 2 357 primary school teachers for allegedly failing competency tests One of them Mr Tjjjani Aliyu Citizens Co chair Kaduna Basic Education Accountability Mechanism KADBEAM said the development would halt the progress being recorded in basic education Aliyu said the government had in 2018 sacked 21 780 for allegedly failing a similar test adding that 233 others were sacked in December 2021 for allegedly presenting fake certificates According to him the sacking of the teachers is undermining ongoing efforts to address the problem of out of school children and the rot in school infrastructure The government had sacked about 22 000 teachers in 2018 which he said were unqualified and claimed to have recruited 25 000 qualified teachers through a vigorous screening process Now the government again subjected the teachers to a competency test and sacked 2 357 over it This is counterproductive He said that teachers assessment should be organised to determine their capacity gaps and tailored strategic training to bridge the gap He also said to determine teachers competency and ability to deliver the test must be done in a classroom situation where the delivery of the teacher would be observed and assessed You cannot ask a teacher a yes or no fill in the blank or choose from the available option kind of questions and call it a competency test he said He called on the state government to retract the steps to instead of sacking train the teachers to equip them with modern techniques of teaching to improve the learning outcome of pupils On his part Mr Haruna Danjuma President National Parents Teacher Association of Nigeria NAPTAN described the development as very disturbing Danjuma disclosed that parents were not happy with the situation adding that the teachers were demoralised According to him even the teachers that are not sacked are not sure of how long they will stay before they will also be fired What the government needs to do is to find out who is not meeting up to expectations give him another training and give him an opportunity to improve himself There is a huge shortage of teachers in public primary schools when you look at the ratio particularly in rural schools For example you cannot find up to three teachers in some primary schools in Igabi Local Government Area and instead of recruiting more the government is laying off teachers This is sad he said He called on the state government to have a second thought on the issue because of the negative impact the decision would have on the basic education sector in the state Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board on June 19 announced the dismissal of 2 192 primary school teachers for refusing to sit for the competency test including the National President of the Nigeria Union of Teachers NUT Mr Audu Amba The board in a statement added that 165 of the 27 662 teachers that sat for the competency test were also sacked for scoring below 40 per cent NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kaduna: Recurrent sacking of teachers counterproductive to basic education – Stakeholders  
     Some education stakeholders said on Friday that the recurrent sacking of primary school teachers by the Kaduna State Government was counterproductive to the development of basic education in the state The stakeholders stated this in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna while reacting to the recent sacking of 2 357 primary school teachers for allegedly failing competency tests One of them Mr Tjjjani Aliyu Citizens Co chair Kaduna Basic Education Accountability Mechanism KADBEAM said the development would halt the progress being recorded in basic education Aliyu said the government had in 2018 sacked 21 780 for allegedly failing a similar test adding that 233 others were sacked in December 2021 for allegedly presenting fake certificates According to him the sacking of the teachers is undermining ongoing efforts to address the problem of out of school children and the rot in school infrastructure The government had sacked about 22 000 teachers in 2018 which he said were unqualified and claimed to have recruited 25 000 qualified teachers through a vigorous screening process Now the government again subjected the teachers to a competency test and sacked 2 357 over it This is counterproductive He said that teachers assessment should be organised to determine their capacity gaps and tailored strategic training to bridge the gap He also said to determine teachers competency and ability to deliver the test must be done in a classroom situation where the delivery of the teacher would be observed and assessed You cannot ask a teacher a yes or no fill in the blank or choose from the available option kind of questions and call it a competency test he said He called on the state government to retract the steps to instead of sacking train the teachers to equip them with modern techniques of teaching to improve the learning outcome of pupils On his part Mr Haruna Danjuma President National Parents Teacher Association of Nigeria NAPTAN described the development as very disturbing Danjuma disclosed that parents were not happy with the situation adding that the teachers were demoralised According to him even the teachers that are not sacked are not sure of how long they will stay before they will also be fired What the government needs to do is to find out who is not meeting up to expectations give him another training and give him an opportunity to improve himself There is a huge shortage of teachers in public primary schools when you look at the ratio particularly in rural schools For example you cannot find up to three teachers in some primary schools in Igabi Local Government Area and instead of recruiting more the government is laying off teachers This is sad he said He called on the state government to have a second thought on the issue because of the negative impact the decision would have on the basic education sector in the state Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board on June 19 announced the dismissal of 2 192 primary school teachers for refusing to sit for the competency test including the National President of the Nigeria Union of Teachers NUT Mr Audu Amba The board in a statement added that 165 of the 27 662 teachers that sat for the competency test were also sacked for scoring below 40 per cent NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kaduna: Recurrent sacking of teachers counterproductive to basic education – Stakeholders  
    Education3 months ago

    Kaduna: Recurrent sacking of teachers counterproductive to basic education – Stakeholders  

    Some education stakeholders said on Friday that the recurrent sacking of primary school teachers by the Kaduna State Government was counterproductive to the development of basic education in the state.

    The stakeholders stated this in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna, while reacting to the recent sacking of 2,357 primary school teachers for allegedly failing competency tests.

    One of them, Mr Tjjjani Aliyu, Citizens’ Co-chair, Kaduna Basic Education Accountability Mechanism (KADBEAM), said the development would halt the progress being recorded in basic education.

    Aliyu said the government had in 2018, sacked 21,780, for allegedly failing a similar test, adding that 233 others were sacked in December 2021 for allegedly  presenting fake certificates.

    According to him, the sacking of the teachers is undermining ongoing efforts to address the problem of out-of-school children and the rot in school infrastructure.

    “The government had sacked about 22,000 teachers in 2018 which he said were unqualified and claimed to have recruited 25,000 qualified teachers through a vigorous screening process.

    “Now, the government again, subjected the teachers to a competency test and sacked 2,357 over it. This is counterproductive.”

    He said that teachers assessment should be organised to determine their capacity gaps and tailored strategic training to bridge the gap.

    He also said to determine teachers’ competency and ability to deliver, the test must be done in a classroom situation where the delivery of the teacher would be observed and assessed.

    “You cannot ask a teacher a yes or no, fill in the blank, or choose from the available option kind of questions and call it a competency test,” he said.

    He called on the state government to retract the steps to instead of sacking, train the teachers to equip them with modern techniques of teaching to improve the learning outcome of pupils.

    On his part, Mr Haruna Danjuma, President, National Parents Teacher Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN), described the development as “very disturbing”.

    Danjuma disclosed that parents were not happy with the situation, adding that the teachers were demoralised.

    According to him, even the teachers that are not sacked are not sure of how long they will stay before they will also be fired.

    “What the government needs to do is to find out who is not meeting up to expectations, give him another training and give him an opportunity to improve himself.

    “There is a huge shortage of teachers in public primary schools when you look at the ’ ratio, particularly in rural schools.

    “For example, you cannot find up to three teachers in some primary schools in Igabi Local Government Area and instead of recruiting more, the government is laying off teachers. This is sad,” he said.

    He called on the state government to have a second thought on the issue because of the negative impact the decision would have on the basic education sector in the state.

    Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board on June 19, announced the dismissal of 2,192 primary school teachers for refusing to sit for the competency test, including the National President of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Mr Audu Amba.

    The board, in a statement, added that 165 of the 27,662 teachers that sat for the competency test were also sacked for scoring below 40 per cent. (

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Stakeholders in the education sector have raised concern over the state of infrastructure in schools across the Northwest geopolitical zone calling for a redress of the situation Speaking to News Agency of Nigeria Correspondents in Kaduna Kano Birnin Kebbi Sokoto and Katsina states shortly after resumption of school activities this month they acknowledged that resources were scarce but called for concerted efforts They pleaded with the private sector to lend a helping hand just as they emphasised the need to strengthen Teachers Associations to be functional and proactive Making his observation on the state of affairs Mr Haruna Danjuma President National Teachers Association of Nigeria NAPTAN told NAN that over 60 per cent of public infrastructure in public schools were dilapidated Danjuma who is also the Chairman Association in Kaduna state said most public primary schools were not up to date in facilities Most public schools do not have adequate infrastructure with most of the pupils and students sitting on bare floor stones or mats due to dearth of furniture he said Similarly Mr Idris Dahiru State Chairman Kaduna State School Based Management Committee SBMC said that the deplorable state of infrastructure in public schools was one of the reasons for the increase in out of school children in the state Dahiru argued that some of the pupils and students stayed away from school because most of the schools were not conducive for learning In fact some of the schools have no roof or windows and this can be very terrible during the rainy season thereby forcing students to rather stay at home I am optimistic that if the problem of school infrastructure is addressed it will go a long way in addressing the challenge of reluctance by parents to enroll their wards in schools he said Also Mr Tijjani Aliyu Citizens Co chair Kaduna Basic Education Accountability Mechanism KADBEAM described the level of dilapidated infrastructure in public schools as pathetic Aliyu said that although the state government had invested a lot in school infrastructure over the years much needed to be done Mr Yusuf Goje of Coalition of Associations for Leadership Peace Empowerment and Development in Kaduna equally appealed to the government to address the infrastructure deficit in public schools For example Government Secondary School Angwan Boro with student population of 2 944 has no fence and most of the classes are dilapidated This is worsened by the fact that the school does not have functional toilets and water facilities Goje said Mr Jane Obiora Citizens Co Chair Open Government Partnership Technical Working Group on improving service delivery in health and education also called for public support Obiora cited as an example the case of pupils of L E A Ugwan Muazu Kaduna South Local Government Area of the state whom she said sat on bare floor due to lack of chairs and desks stressing that learning would not take place under such conditions On her part Mrs Aishatu Mohammed Deputy Director Female Education Kaduna State Ministry of Education said that the government was doing all that it could to improve infrastructure in public schools Mohammed said that the state government had been investing huge amount on school infrastructure adding that schools were being renovated She said that the state with support from the World Bank would construct 159 schools and renovate 69 others under the Adolescent Girls Initiative and Empowerment AGILE project She explained that the project was designed to ensure that any girl child aged 10 to 20 years was enrolled retained and supported to complete senior secondary school education In Kebbi Prof Suleiman Khalid Chairman Kebbi State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB says the state government had spent over N4 5 billion on the construction and renovation of classrooms in primary schools across the state Khalid said the projects which included the rehabilitation of 540 blocks of classrooms and construction of 511 new ones were part of measures towards ensuring the provision of conducive learning atmosphere for teachers and pupils The Chairman appealed to people in the state to reciprocate the gesture by giving back to the society stressing that education is the responsibility of all Some teachers interviewed by NAN in Kebbi expressed satisfaction with the state of infrastructure in their schools and urged government to sustain the tempo Malam Bello Haruna a teacher at Atiku Bagudu Primary School in Birnin Kebbi said they were elated that government increased the number of classrooms in the school He noted that before the additional blocks of classrooms were constructed pupils used be jam packed as a result of dearth of classrooms Malam Muhammad Abdullahi also a teacher at Bayan Kara Primary School Birnin Kebbi also appreciated the efforts of the state government recalling that before now pupils had to share desks and chairs while others had to manage on the floor In Kano however some parents appealed to the state government to address the dearth of infrastructural in public schools saying that pupils in some schools still sat on the floor to receive lessons Mr Umar Abdullahi a resident of Kurawa quaters in Kano metropolis explained that parents were ready to support government in the process Another resident Mr Munkaila Abdulkadir told NAN that during rainy season many schools were often forced to close for the day whenever rain was falling Some students of a public school in Tarauni area of Kano who spoke to NAN also appealed for upgrading We want a new blackboard as the board we have is old and some parts have worn out Our classrooms have potholes some chairs are broken and we need more chairs and equipment in science laboratories said one of them Ummi Nuhu Another student Sani Isa said that the state of infrastructure in his school was worrisome Isa said that classrooms that were not supposed to accommodate more than 20 pupils had 45 pupils in class Most of our teachers do not have good seats to sit down So we pray that government provides for them he said Another student Sadiya Sani from Wuro Bugga Primary and Secondary school in Dawakin Tofa area said her class needed good windows She said the ceilings leaked whenever there was downpour and that they were often forced to skip classes when it rained Whenever its rains we do not go to school this means the frequency of downpour determines the completion or otherwise of our syllabus not the way its is arranged she said On his part Chairman of Sokoto State Universal Primary Education Board SUBEB Alhaji Kajiji said the state government was embarking on the rehabilitation and construction of classrooms in schools He explained that he toured schools before resumption date and took note of needs of those schools with a view to addressing the challenges Also the Acting Permanent Secretary in Sokoto state Ministry for Basic and Secondary Education Alhaji Kabiru Umar Imam said the rapid increase in population of pupils and students schools vis vis scarce resources had been posing a serious threat NAN checks at Sultan Bello Sultan Atiku Sultan Attahiru Sheikh Abubakar Gumi Gagi Arkilla A A Raji Special school and other secondary schools within Sokoto metropolis revealed that classes were grossly inadequate for students Students sat on the floor and windows during lessons periods while laboratories sport facilities and workshops were not functional Congestion was also noticed at Badon Rafi Model Yakubu Mu azu Gagi and Arkilla Primary Schools while similar schools in Kware Gwadabawa and Shuni Local Government Areas were in dilapidated condition Katsina state government however received a part on the back from some parents and teachers in the state for providing the basic needs of schools One of the parents Malam Kabiru Muhammad told NAN that in the past some schools were in dilapidated condition without learning and instructional materials but government renovated same and provided the basic needs According him many parents that withdrew their wards from public schools have started returning them as a result of the improvement NAN
    Northwest Stakeholders decry poor state of infrastructure in schools, recommend urgent redress.
     Stakeholders in the education sector have raised concern over the state of infrastructure in schools across the Northwest geopolitical zone calling for a redress of the situation Speaking to News Agency of Nigeria Correspondents in Kaduna Kano Birnin Kebbi Sokoto and Katsina states shortly after resumption of school activities this month they acknowledged that resources were scarce but called for concerted efforts They pleaded with the private sector to lend a helping hand just as they emphasised the need to strengthen Teachers Associations to be functional and proactive Making his observation on the state of affairs Mr Haruna Danjuma President National Teachers Association of Nigeria NAPTAN told NAN that over 60 per cent of public infrastructure in public schools were dilapidated Danjuma who is also the Chairman Association in Kaduna state said most public primary schools were not up to date in facilities Most public schools do not have adequate infrastructure with most of the pupils and students sitting on bare floor stones or mats due to dearth of furniture he said Similarly Mr Idris Dahiru State Chairman Kaduna State School Based Management Committee SBMC said that the deplorable state of infrastructure in public schools was one of the reasons for the increase in out of school children in the state Dahiru argued that some of the pupils and students stayed away from school because most of the schools were not conducive for learning In fact some of the schools have no roof or windows and this can be very terrible during the rainy season thereby forcing students to rather stay at home I am optimistic that if the problem of school infrastructure is addressed it will go a long way in addressing the challenge of reluctance by parents to enroll their wards in schools he said Also Mr Tijjani Aliyu Citizens Co chair Kaduna Basic Education Accountability Mechanism KADBEAM described the level of dilapidated infrastructure in public schools as pathetic Aliyu said that although the state government had invested a lot in school infrastructure over the years much needed to be done Mr Yusuf Goje of Coalition of Associations for Leadership Peace Empowerment and Development in Kaduna equally appealed to the government to address the infrastructure deficit in public schools For example Government Secondary School Angwan Boro with student population of 2 944 has no fence and most of the classes are dilapidated This is worsened by the fact that the school does not have functional toilets and water facilities Goje said Mr Jane Obiora Citizens Co Chair Open Government Partnership Technical Working Group on improving service delivery in health and education also called for public support Obiora cited as an example the case of pupils of L E A Ugwan Muazu Kaduna South Local Government Area of the state whom she said sat on bare floor due to lack of chairs and desks stressing that learning would not take place under such conditions On her part Mrs Aishatu Mohammed Deputy Director Female Education Kaduna State Ministry of Education said that the government was doing all that it could to improve infrastructure in public schools Mohammed said that the state government had been investing huge amount on school infrastructure adding that schools were being renovated She said that the state with support from the World Bank would construct 159 schools and renovate 69 others under the Adolescent Girls Initiative and Empowerment AGILE project She explained that the project was designed to ensure that any girl child aged 10 to 20 years was enrolled retained and supported to complete senior secondary school education In Kebbi Prof Suleiman Khalid Chairman Kebbi State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB says the state government had spent over N4 5 billion on the construction and renovation of classrooms in primary schools across the state Khalid said the projects which included the rehabilitation of 540 blocks of classrooms and construction of 511 new ones were part of measures towards ensuring the provision of conducive learning atmosphere for teachers and pupils The Chairman appealed to people in the state to reciprocate the gesture by giving back to the society stressing that education is the responsibility of all Some teachers interviewed by NAN in Kebbi expressed satisfaction with the state of infrastructure in their schools and urged government to sustain the tempo Malam Bello Haruna a teacher at Atiku Bagudu Primary School in Birnin Kebbi said they were elated that government increased the number of classrooms in the school He noted that before the additional blocks of classrooms were constructed pupils used be jam packed as a result of dearth of classrooms Malam Muhammad Abdullahi also a teacher at Bayan Kara Primary School Birnin Kebbi also appreciated the efforts of the state government recalling that before now pupils had to share desks and chairs while others had to manage on the floor In Kano however some parents appealed to the state government to address the dearth of infrastructural in public schools saying that pupils in some schools still sat on the floor to receive lessons Mr Umar Abdullahi a resident of Kurawa quaters in Kano metropolis explained that parents were ready to support government in the process Another resident Mr Munkaila Abdulkadir told NAN that during rainy season many schools were often forced to close for the day whenever rain was falling Some students of a public school in Tarauni area of Kano who spoke to NAN also appealed for upgrading We want a new blackboard as the board we have is old and some parts have worn out Our classrooms have potholes some chairs are broken and we need more chairs and equipment in science laboratories said one of them Ummi Nuhu Another student Sani Isa said that the state of infrastructure in his school was worrisome Isa said that classrooms that were not supposed to accommodate more than 20 pupils had 45 pupils in class Most of our teachers do not have good seats to sit down So we pray that government provides for them he said Another student Sadiya Sani from Wuro Bugga Primary and Secondary school in Dawakin Tofa area said her class needed good windows She said the ceilings leaked whenever there was downpour and that they were often forced to skip classes when it rained Whenever its rains we do not go to school this means the frequency of downpour determines the completion or otherwise of our syllabus not the way its is arranged she said On his part Chairman of Sokoto State Universal Primary Education Board SUBEB Alhaji Kajiji said the state government was embarking on the rehabilitation and construction of classrooms in schools He explained that he toured schools before resumption date and took note of needs of those schools with a view to addressing the challenges Also the Acting Permanent Secretary in Sokoto state Ministry for Basic and Secondary Education Alhaji Kabiru Umar Imam said the rapid increase in population of pupils and students schools vis vis scarce resources had been posing a serious threat NAN checks at Sultan Bello Sultan Atiku Sultan Attahiru Sheikh Abubakar Gumi Gagi Arkilla A A Raji Special school and other secondary schools within Sokoto metropolis revealed that classes were grossly inadequate for students Students sat on the floor and windows during lessons periods while laboratories sport facilities and workshops were not functional Congestion was also noticed at Badon Rafi Model Yakubu Mu azu Gagi and Arkilla Primary Schools while similar schools in Kware Gwadabawa and Shuni Local Government Areas were in dilapidated condition Katsina state government however received a part on the back from some parents and teachers in the state for providing the basic needs of schools One of the parents Malam Kabiru Muhammad told NAN that in the past some schools were in dilapidated condition without learning and instructional materials but government renovated same and provided the basic needs According him many parents that withdrew their wards from public schools have started returning them as a result of the improvement NAN
    Northwest Stakeholders decry poor state of infrastructure in schools, recommend urgent redress.
    General news4 months ago

    Northwest Stakeholders decry poor state of infrastructure in schools, recommend urgent redress.

    Stakeholders in the education sector have raised concern over the state of infrastructure in schools across the Northwest geopolitical zone, calling for a redress of the situation.Speaking to News Agency of Nigeria Correspondents in Kaduna, Kano, Birnin Kebbi, Sokoto and Katsina states shortly after resumption of school activities this month, they acknowledged that resources were scarce, but called for concerted efforts.They pleaded with the private sector to lend a helping hand, just as they emphasised the need to strengthen Teachers Associations to be functional and proactive.Making his observation on the state of affairs, Mr Haruna Danjuma, President, National Teachers Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN), told NAN that over 60 per cent of public infrastructure in public schools, were dilapidated.Danjuma, who is also the Chairman, Association in Kaduna state, said most public primary schools were not up to date in facilities.“Most public schools do not have adequate infrastructure, with most of the pupils and students sitting on bare floor, stones or mats, due to dearth of furniture,” he said.Similarly, Mr Idris Dahiru, State Chairman, Kaduna State School-Based Management Committee (SBMC), said that the deplorable state of infrastructure in public schools was one of the reasons for the increase in out-of-school children in the state.Dahiru argued that some of the pupils and students stayed away from school because most of the schools were not conducive for learning.“In fact, some of the schools have no roof or windows, and this can be very terrible during the rainy season, thereby forcing students to rather stay at home.“I am optimistic that if the problem of school infrastructure is addressed, it will go a long way in addressing the challenge of reluctance by parents to enroll their wards in schools,” he said.Also, Mr Tijjani Aliyu, Citizens Co-chair, Kaduna Basic Education Accountability Mechanism (KADBEAM), described the level of dilapidated infrastructure in public schools as “pathetic”.Aliyu said that although the state government had invested a lot in school infrastructure over the years, much needed to be done.Mr Yusuf Goje of Coalition of Associations for Leadership, Peace, Empowerment and Development in Kaduna, equally appealed to the government to address the infrastructure deficit in public schools.“For example, Government Secondary School Angwan Boro, with student population of 2,944, has no fence, and most of the classes are dilapidated.“This is worsened by the fact that the school does not have functional toilets and water facilities,” Goje said.Mr Jane Obiora, Citizens Co-Chair, Open Government Partnership Technical Working Group on improving service delivery in health and education, also called for public support.Obiora cited as an example, the case of pupils of L.E.A Ugwan Muazu, Kaduna South Local Government Area of the state, whom she said sat on bare floor due to lack of chairs and desks, stressing that learning would not take place under such conditions.On her part, Mrs Aishatu Mohammed, Deputy Director, Female Education, Kaduna State Ministry of Education, said that the government was doing all that it could to improve infrastructure in public schools.Mohammed said that the state government had been investing huge amount on school infrastructure, adding that schools were being renovated.She said that the state, with support from the World Bank, would construct 159 schools and renovate 69 others under the Adolescent Girls Initiative and Empowerment (AGILE) project.She explained that the project was designed to ensure that any girl-child, aged 10 to 20 years, was enrolled, retained, and supported to complete senior secondary school education.In Kebbi, Prof Suleiman Khalid, Chairman, Kebbi State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), says the state government had spent over N4.5 billion on the construction and renovation of classrooms in primary schools across the state.Khalid said the projects, which included the rehabilitation of 540 blocks of classrooms and construction of 511 new ones, were part of measures towards ensuring the provision of conducive learning atmosphere for teachers and pupils.The Chairman appealed to people in the state to reciprocate the gesture by giving back to the society, stressing that education is the responsibility of all.Some teachers interviewed by NAN in Kebbi expressed satisfaction with the state of infrastructure in their schools and urged government to sustain the tempo.Malam Bello Haruna, a teacher at Atiku Bagudu Primary School in Birnin Kebbi, said they were elated that government increased the number of classrooms in the school.He noted that before the additional blocks of classrooms were constructed, pupils used be jam-packed as a result of dearth of classrooms.Malam Muhammad Abdullahi, also a teacher at Bayan Kara Primary School, Birnin Kebbi, also appreciated the efforts of the state government, recalling that before now, pupils had to share desks and chairs, while others had to manage on the floor.In Kano however, some parents appealed to the state government to address the dearth of infrastructural in public schools, saying that pupils in some schools still sat on the floor to receive lessons.Mr Umar Abdullahi, a resident of Kurawa quaters in Kano metropolis, explained that parents were ready to support government in the process.Another resident, Mr Munkaila Abdulkadir, told NAN that during rainy season, many schools were often forced to close for the day whenever rain was falling.Some students of a public school in Tarauni area of Kano, who spoke to NAN, also appealed for upgrading.“We want a new blackboard as the board we have is old and some parts have worn out.“Our classrooms have potholes; some chairs are broken and we need more chairs and equipment in science laboratories”, said one of them, Ummi NuhuAnother student, Sani Isa, said that the state of infrastructure in his school was worrisome.Isa said that classrooms that were not supposed to accommodate more than 20 pupils, had 45 pupils in class.“Most of our teachers do not have good seats to sit down. So we pray that government provides for them,” he said.Another student, Sadiya Sani, from Wuro Bugga Primary and Secondary school in Dawakin Tofa area, said her class needed good windows.She said the ceilings leaked whenever there was downpour, and that they were often forced to skip classes when it rained.“Whenever its rains, we do not go to school; this means the frequency of downpour determines the completion or otherwise of our syllabus, not the way its is arranged”, she said.On his part, Chairman of Sokoto State Universal Primary Education Board (SUBEB), Alhaji Kajiji, said the state government was embarking on the rehabilitation and construction of classrooms in schools.He explained that he toured schools before resumption date and took note of needs of those schools, with a view to addressing the challenges.Also, the Acting Permanent Secretary in Sokoto state Ministry for Basic and Secondary Education, Alhaji Kabiru Umar-Imam, said the rapid increase in population of pupils and students schools, vis-à-vis scarce resources, had been posing a serious threat.NAN checks at Sultan Bello, Sultan Atiku, Sultan Attahiru, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi, Gagi, Arkilla, A A Raji Special school and other secondary schools within Sokoto metropolis, revealed that classes were grossly inadequate for students.Students sat on the floor and windows during lessons periods, while laboratories, sport facilities and workshops were not functional.Congestion was also noticed at Badon Rafi Model, Yakubu Mu’azu, Gagi and Arkilla Primary Schools, while similar schools in Kware, Gwadabawa and Shuni Local Government Areas, were in dilapidated condition.Katsina state government however received a part on the back from some parents and teachers in the state for providing the basic needs of schools.One of the parents, Malam Kabiru Muhammad, told NAN that in the past, some schools were in dilapidated condition without learning and instructional materials, but government renovated same and provided the basic needs.According him, many parents that withdrew their wards from public schools, have started returning them as a result of the improvement.(NAN)

  •  Stakeholders in Northwest geo political zone have attributed the current spate of moral decadence among school children to the failure of relevant stakeholders to play the mentorship role expected of them Responding to a News Agency of Nigeria survey on the issue they said although moral training of children was a collective responsibility parents were to blame substantially over the current situation They pointed out that parents teachers community members and religious leaders had roles to play inculcating good morals in children at home school environment and places of worship Mr Zakari Mohammed Director Higher Education Kaduna State Ministry of Education said that the first point of inculcating morality in a child was the home Mohammed said that it was the primary responsibility of parents to mentor their children and when the child reached school age teachers were expected to participate He said parents owed it a duty to find ways of monitoring activities and behaviour of their children while in school so as to detect and correct areas of concern He explained that the disturbing incidences of immoral behaviour among school children showed that there was vacuum somewhere adding that parents were not doing enough To some extent some parents have relinquished their responsibilities of moral upbringing to teachers who had to be playing the roles of ensuring academic advancement as well as moulding the character of children Every school has Parent Teachers Association PTAs and School Based Management Committees SBMCs which have critical roles to play While the PTAs comprise the parents and teachers the SBMCs comprise the parents teachers and community members and these stakeholders meet to address issues affecting the school system he said Mr Haruna Danjuma National President National Association of Parent Teacher Association also said that some parents lacked the needed morals to give to their children thereby leaving the responsibility to teachers He stressed the need for parents to wake up to their responsibilities and pay attention to raising the moral standard of their children who were to be the leaders of tomorrow Mr Garba Garkuwa SBMC Chairman Sabon Gari Local Government Area Kaduna State also argued that teachers were supposed to be like parents to the children under their care and should discipline them when they misbehaved But under the current realities no teacher can afford to touch anybody s child in the name of discipline because some parents could mobilise thugs to attack the teacher The parents are discouraging teachers from playing their role of disciplining and counseling the children while in school to keep them in line and at home the parents are never there for the children he said He added that the bond that kept family members together years ago had broken completely lamenting that parents had transferred their primary responsibility of parental care to teachers and house helps On her part Mrs Hadiza Umar Executive Director Hope for Communities and Children Initiative H4CC an NGO equally stressed the need for community involvement in parenting Umar said that teachers were doing their best but stressed that parents and communities needed to do more saying that deviant behaviour of a child if unchecked could affect other children in the community Teachers are doing their best but sometimes children come to school with all kinds of issues from their homes hence the need for psycho social counseling to children with poor moral upbringing Once you notice a deviant behaviour bring it to the attention of the parent so that action will be taken before it gets out of hand she said Meanwhile Kano State Coordinator of National Human Rights Commission Mr Shehu Abdullahi has called on government to provide legal framework and policies on handling children within and outside the home He told NAN in Kano that with such arrangement the moral upbringing of children might be guaranteed He emphasised that parents were major stakeholders in ensuring the proper moulding of their wards adding that the community and schools were only supposed to complement On her part a parent in Kano Mrs Feyisayo Robinson said the moulding of a child starts from the day of birth Parents must critically assess the type of the school their children attend otherwise what ever efforts made at home will be reversed in school she said Another parent Mr Lawal Muhammed stressed the need to moderate the time and type of films being watched by children at home Most parents comfortably sit with their children to watch contents meant for adults only and this later boomerangs when the kids manifest what they see Muhammed said A psychologist Dr Abba Musa explained that the whole issue of parenting depended on the level of understanding by parents and the child psychology According to him most parents do not understand the psychology of their own children because of distance they have created A lot of parents do not pay attention to the psychological needs of their children and the gap created gives room for deviant behaviour without the parents realising he explained He appealed to parents to study their children and spend time with them in order to draw them close and regulate their behaviour at early stage On his part an educationist in Kebbi Muhammad Jibo observed that most parents had failed woefully in their responsibilities of nurturing their children to become worthy characters in the society You cannot get what you did not give the outcome of bad parenting is nothing but the bad attitude and behaviour you see in children he said Jibo a lecturer with Department of Education Usman Danfodio University Sokoto identified parenting as the process of promoting and supporting the physical emotional social and intellectual development of a child from infancy to adulthood The educationist said healthy parent involvement and intervention in child s day to day life lays a solid foundation for better social and academic skills something most parents lacked today A parent in Birnin Kebbi Malam Musa Dogara lamented that some parents had failed in their duties hence the challenge of moral bankruptcy that was manifesting in the manner small children displayed their nudity With the current atmosphere especially on social media I advise parents to take up the challenge of shaping and moulding their children to be good ambassadors of their respective homes he advised In Sokoto Mrs Kulu Nuhu former Director in charge of Children Sokoto State Ministry for Women and Children Affairs suggested that religious centres should also play the role of social services centres She said such places should be more of Reformation Centres or hubs for discussing issues bedeviling the society just as she described the recent unwholesome conduct of students of some institutions in Lagos as proceeds of neglect and poor parenting In her contribution the Permanent Secretary Sokoto State Ministry for Women and Children Affairs Mrs A isha Dantsoho suggested the introduction of pre marriage counseling for intending couples to address the issue of proper upbringing of children She said such proactive measure would enable the future parents have a clear idea of what society expected of them in the area of moulding the character of their future kids In Katsina and Zamfara States respondents observed that parents had abdicated their responsibility of imparting moral values on their children expecting school teachers to shoulder such responsibility A retired School Principal in Katsina State Malam Kabiru Umar said that the responsibility of proper child upbringing should not lie on the shoulders of teachers The responsibility of mentoring children to behave well and become useful members of the society is that of parents the role of teachers is purely complementary he said NAN
    Blame parents for declining moral character of children – Northwest stakeholders
     Stakeholders in Northwest geo political zone have attributed the current spate of moral decadence among school children to the failure of relevant stakeholders to play the mentorship role expected of them Responding to a News Agency of Nigeria survey on the issue they said although moral training of children was a collective responsibility parents were to blame substantially over the current situation They pointed out that parents teachers community members and religious leaders had roles to play inculcating good morals in children at home school environment and places of worship Mr Zakari Mohammed Director Higher Education Kaduna State Ministry of Education said that the first point of inculcating morality in a child was the home Mohammed said that it was the primary responsibility of parents to mentor their children and when the child reached school age teachers were expected to participate He said parents owed it a duty to find ways of monitoring activities and behaviour of their children while in school so as to detect and correct areas of concern He explained that the disturbing incidences of immoral behaviour among school children showed that there was vacuum somewhere adding that parents were not doing enough To some extent some parents have relinquished their responsibilities of moral upbringing to teachers who had to be playing the roles of ensuring academic advancement as well as moulding the character of children Every school has Parent Teachers Association PTAs and School Based Management Committees SBMCs which have critical roles to play While the PTAs comprise the parents and teachers the SBMCs comprise the parents teachers and community members and these stakeholders meet to address issues affecting the school system he said Mr Haruna Danjuma National President National Association of Parent Teacher Association also said that some parents lacked the needed morals to give to their children thereby leaving the responsibility to teachers He stressed the need for parents to wake up to their responsibilities and pay attention to raising the moral standard of their children who were to be the leaders of tomorrow Mr Garba Garkuwa SBMC Chairman Sabon Gari Local Government Area Kaduna State also argued that teachers were supposed to be like parents to the children under their care and should discipline them when they misbehaved But under the current realities no teacher can afford to touch anybody s child in the name of discipline because some parents could mobilise thugs to attack the teacher The parents are discouraging teachers from playing their role of disciplining and counseling the children while in school to keep them in line and at home the parents are never there for the children he said He added that the bond that kept family members together years ago had broken completely lamenting that parents had transferred their primary responsibility of parental care to teachers and house helps On her part Mrs Hadiza Umar Executive Director Hope for Communities and Children Initiative H4CC an NGO equally stressed the need for community involvement in parenting Umar said that teachers were doing their best but stressed that parents and communities needed to do more saying that deviant behaviour of a child if unchecked could affect other children in the community Teachers are doing their best but sometimes children come to school with all kinds of issues from their homes hence the need for psycho social counseling to children with poor moral upbringing Once you notice a deviant behaviour bring it to the attention of the parent so that action will be taken before it gets out of hand she said Meanwhile Kano State Coordinator of National Human Rights Commission Mr Shehu Abdullahi has called on government to provide legal framework and policies on handling children within and outside the home He told NAN in Kano that with such arrangement the moral upbringing of children might be guaranteed He emphasised that parents were major stakeholders in ensuring the proper moulding of their wards adding that the community and schools were only supposed to complement On her part a parent in Kano Mrs Feyisayo Robinson said the moulding of a child starts from the day of birth Parents must critically assess the type of the school their children attend otherwise what ever efforts made at home will be reversed in school she said Another parent Mr Lawal Muhammed stressed the need to moderate the time and type of films being watched by children at home Most parents comfortably sit with their children to watch contents meant for adults only and this later boomerangs when the kids manifest what they see Muhammed said A psychologist Dr Abba Musa explained that the whole issue of parenting depended on the level of understanding by parents and the child psychology According to him most parents do not understand the psychology of their own children because of distance they have created A lot of parents do not pay attention to the psychological needs of their children and the gap created gives room for deviant behaviour without the parents realising he explained He appealed to parents to study their children and spend time with them in order to draw them close and regulate their behaviour at early stage On his part an educationist in Kebbi Muhammad Jibo observed that most parents had failed woefully in their responsibilities of nurturing their children to become worthy characters in the society You cannot get what you did not give the outcome of bad parenting is nothing but the bad attitude and behaviour you see in children he said Jibo a lecturer with Department of Education Usman Danfodio University Sokoto identified parenting as the process of promoting and supporting the physical emotional social and intellectual development of a child from infancy to adulthood The educationist said healthy parent involvement and intervention in child s day to day life lays a solid foundation for better social and academic skills something most parents lacked today A parent in Birnin Kebbi Malam Musa Dogara lamented that some parents had failed in their duties hence the challenge of moral bankruptcy that was manifesting in the manner small children displayed their nudity With the current atmosphere especially on social media I advise parents to take up the challenge of shaping and moulding their children to be good ambassadors of their respective homes he advised In Sokoto Mrs Kulu Nuhu former Director in charge of Children Sokoto State Ministry for Women and Children Affairs suggested that religious centres should also play the role of social services centres She said such places should be more of Reformation Centres or hubs for discussing issues bedeviling the society just as she described the recent unwholesome conduct of students of some institutions in Lagos as proceeds of neglect and poor parenting In her contribution the Permanent Secretary Sokoto State Ministry for Women and Children Affairs Mrs A isha Dantsoho suggested the introduction of pre marriage counseling for intending couples to address the issue of proper upbringing of children She said such proactive measure would enable the future parents have a clear idea of what society expected of them in the area of moulding the character of their future kids In Katsina and Zamfara States respondents observed that parents had abdicated their responsibility of imparting moral values on their children expecting school teachers to shoulder such responsibility A retired School Principal in Katsina State Malam Kabiru Umar said that the responsibility of proper child upbringing should not lie on the shoulders of teachers The responsibility of mentoring children to behave well and become useful members of the society is that of parents the role of teachers is purely complementary he said NAN
    Blame parents for declining moral character of children – Northwest stakeholders
    General news5 months ago

    Blame parents for declining moral character of children – Northwest stakeholders

    Stakeholders in Northwest geo-political zone have attributed the current spate of moral decadence among school children to the failure of relevant stakeholders to play the mentorship role expected of them.

    Responding to a News Agency of Nigeria survey on the issue, they said although moral training of children was a collective responsibility, parents were to blame substantially over the current situation.

    They pointed out that parents, teachers, community members and religious leaders had roles to play inculcating good morals in children at home, school environment and places of worship.

    Mr Zakari Mohammed, Director Higher Education, Kaduna State Ministry of Education, said that the first point of inculcating morality in a child, was the home.

    Mohammed said that it was the primary responsibility of parents to mentor their children and when the child reached school age, teachers were expected to participate.

    He said parents owed it a duty to find ways of monitoring activities and behaviour of their children while in school so as to detect and correct areas of concern.

    He explained that the disturbing incidences of immoral behaviour among school children showed that there was vacuum somewhere, adding that parents were not doing enough.

    “To some extent, some parents have relinquished their responsibilities of moral upbringing to teachers, who had to be playing the roles of ensuring academic advancement, as well as moulding the character of children.

    “Every school has Parent Teachers’ Association (PTAs) and School Based Management Committees (SBMCs), which have critical roles to play.

    “While the PTAs comprise the parents and teachers, the SBMCs comprise the parents, teachers and community members, and these stakeholders meet to address issues affecting the school system”, he said.

    Mr Haruna Danjuma, National President, National Association of Parent Teacher Association, also said that some parents lacked the needed morals to give to their children, thereby leaving the responsibility to teachers.

    He stressed the need for parents to wake up to their responsibilities and pay attention to raising the moral standard of their children who were to be the leaders of tomorrow.

    Mr Garba Garkuwa, SBMC Chairman, Sabon Gari Local Government Area, Kaduna State, also argued that teachers were supposed to be like parents to the children under their care, and should discipline them when they misbehaved.

    “But under the current realities, no teacher can afford to touch anybody’s child in the name of discipline because some parents could mobilise thugs to attack the teacher.

    “The parents are discouraging teachers from playing their role of disciplining and counseling the children while in school to keep them in line, and at home, the parents are never there for the children”,he said.

    He added that the bond that kept family members together years ago, had broken completely, lamenting that parents had transferred their primary responsibility of parental care to teachers and house-helps.

    On her part, Mrs Hadiza Umar, Executive Director, Hope for Communities and Children Initiative (H4CC), an NGO, equally stressed the need for community involvement in parenting.

    Umar said that teachers were doing their best, but stressed that parents and communities needed to do more, saying that deviant behaviour of a child, if unchecked, could affect other children in the community.

    “Teachers are doing their best but sometimes children come to school with all kinds of issues from their homes, hence the need for psycho-social counseling to children with poor moral upbringing.

    “Once you notice a deviant behaviour, bring it to the attention of the parent so that action will be taken before it gets out of hand”, she said.

    Meanwhile, Kano State Coordinator of National Human Rights Commission,Mr Shehu Abdullahi, has called on government to provide legal framework and policies on handling children within and outside the home.

    He told NAN in Kano that with such arrangement, the moral upbringing of children might be guaranteed.

    He emphasised that parents were major stakeholders in ensuring the proper moulding of their wards, adding that the community and schools were only supposed to complement.

    On her part, a parent in Kano, Mrs Feyisayo Robinson, said the moulding of a child starts from the day of birth.

    “Parents must critically assess the type of the school their children attend, otherwise what ever efforts made at home will be reversed in school,” she said.

    Another parent, Mr Lawal Muhammed, stressed the need to moderate the time and type of films being watched by children at home.

    “Most parents comfortably sit with their children to watch contents meant for adults only, and this later boomerangs when the kids manifest what they see,” Muhammed said.

    A psychologist, Dr Abba Musa, explained that the whole issue of parenting depended on the level of understanding by parents and the child psychology.

    According to him, most parents do not understand the psychology of their own children because of distance they have created.

    “A lot of parents do not pay attention to the psychological needs of their children, and the gap created gives room for deviant behaviour without the parents realising”, he explained.

    He appealed to parents to study their children and spend time with them in order to draw them close and regulate their behaviour at early stage.

    On his part, an educationist in Kebbi, Muhammad Jibo, observed that most parents had failed woefully in their responsibilities of nurturing their children to become worthy characters in the society.

    “You cannot get what you did not give; the outcome of bad parenting is nothing but the bad attitude and behaviour you see in children,” he said.

    Jibo, a lecturer with Department of Education, Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto, identified parenting as the process of promoting and supporting the physical, emotional, social and intellectual development of a child, from infancy to adulthood.

    The educationist said healthy parent involvement and intervention in child’s day-to-day life lays a solid foundation for better social and academic skills, something most parents lacked today.

    A parent in Birnin Kebbi, Malam Musa Dogara, lamented that some parents had failed in their duties, hence the challenge of moral bankruptcy that was manifesting in the manner small children displayed their nudity.

    “With the current atmosphere, especially on social media, I advise parents to take up the challenge of shaping and moulding their children to be good ambassadors of their respective homes,” he advised.

    In Sokoto, Mrs Kulu Nuhu, former Director in charge of Children, Sokoto State Ministry for Women and Children Affairs, suggested that religious centres should also play the role of social services centres.

    She said such places should be more of Reformation Centres or hubs for discussing issues bedeviling the society, just as she described the recent unwholesome conduct of students of some institutions in Lagos, as proceeds of neglect and poor parenting.

    In her contribution, the Permanent Secretary, Sokoto State Ministry for Women and Children Affairs, Mrs A’isha Dantsoho, suggested the introduction of pre- marriage counseling for intending couples to address the issue of proper upbringing of children.

    She said such proactive measure would enable the ‘future parents’ have a clear idea of what society expected of them in the area of moulding the character of their future kids.

    In Katsina and Zamfara States, respondents observed that parents had abdicated their responsibility of imparting moral values on their children, expecting school teachers to shoulder such responsibility.

    A retired School Principal in Katsina State, Malam Kabiru Umar, said that the responsibility of proper child-upbringing should not lie on the shoulders of teachers.

    “The responsibility of mentoring children to behave well and become useful members of the society is that of parents; the role of teachers is purely complementary”, he said.

     

     

    (NAN)

  •  The National President of Parent Teacher Association PTA Alhaji Haruna Danjuma has called on states and federal governments to provide adequate security to schools to protect teachers and students from kidnappers Danjuma made the call in an interview with journalists in Kaduna on Sunday He said that the increasing security challenges in the country makes it imperative to make provision of adequate security personnel in schools a priority The PTA President noted that schools in rural areas should be given priority as most attacks by bandits were perpetrated on rural communities Danjuma also said that schools must adhere to COVID 19 protocols as students resume to avoid a second wave of coronavirus attack He appealed to traditional and religious leaders Non govermental organizations and other stakeholders to monitor schools and initiative ways to protect students and teachers in their communities Danjuma said that the PTA would collaborate with thepolice civil defence corps vigilantes and other security services to ensure security of schools nationwide We must support the education of our children and we must join hands toward making them have enabling environment for their studies he said Danjuna noted that the six months closure of schools due to coronavirus pandemic has caused serious setback to the educational sector especially young children in rural areas He therefore said teachers must commit themselves in leveraging the situation through incisive teaching and revision to make up for the time lost due to COVID 19 Edited By Maharazu Ahmed Source NAN
    PTA National President calls for deployment of security personnel to schools
     The National President of Parent Teacher Association PTA Alhaji Haruna Danjuma has called on states and federal governments to provide adequate security to schools to protect teachers and students from kidnappers Danjuma made the call in an interview with journalists in Kaduna on Sunday He said that the increasing security challenges in the country makes it imperative to make provision of adequate security personnel in schools a priority The PTA President noted that schools in rural areas should be given priority as most attacks by bandits were perpetrated on rural communities Danjuma also said that schools must adhere to COVID 19 protocols as students resume to avoid a second wave of coronavirus attack He appealed to traditional and religious leaders Non govermental organizations and other stakeholders to monitor schools and initiative ways to protect students and teachers in their communities Danjuma said that the PTA would collaborate with thepolice civil defence corps vigilantes and other security services to ensure security of schools nationwide We must support the education of our children and we must join hands toward making them have enabling environment for their studies he said Danjuna noted that the six months closure of schools due to coronavirus pandemic has caused serious setback to the educational sector especially young children in rural areas He therefore said teachers must commit themselves in leveraging the situation through incisive teaching and revision to make up for the time lost due to COVID 19 Edited By Maharazu Ahmed Source NAN
    PTA National President calls for deployment of security personnel to schools
    General news2 years ago

    PTA National President calls for deployment of security personnel to schools

    The National President of Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Alhaji Haruna Danjuma has called on states and federal governments to provide adequate security to schools, to protect teachers and students from kidnappers.

    Danjuma made the call in an interview with journalists in Kaduna on Sunday.

    He said that the increasing security challenges in the country makes it imperative to make provision of adequate security personnel in schools a priority.

    The PTA President noted that schools in rural areas should be given priority as most attacks by bandits were perpetrated on rural communities.

    Danjuma also said that schools must adhere to COVID-19 protocols as students resume, to avoid a second wave of coronavirus attack.

    He appealed to traditional and religious leaders, Non-govermental organizations and other stakeholders to monitor schools and initiative ways to protect students and teachers in their communities.

    Danjuma said that the PTA would collaborate with the

    police, civil defence corps, vigilantes and other security services to ensure security of schools nationwide.

    “We must support the education of our children and we must join hands toward making them have enabling environment for their studies,” he said.

    Danjuna noted that the six months closure of schools due to coronavirus pandemic has caused serious setback to the educational sector, especially young children in rural areas.

    He therefore said teachers must commit themselves in leveraging the situation through incisive teaching and revision, to make up for the time lost due to COVID-19.


    Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed
    Source: NAN

  •  The National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria NAPTAN has called on the Federal Government to involve it in planning and implementation of the modified National Home Grown School Feeding Programme NHGSFP The National President Alhaji Haruna Danjuma made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna NAN reports that the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development had modified the NHGSF to provide food items to pupils at home since schools were closed This followed the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari to mitigate the effect of the Coronavirus lockdown on pupils particularly those that depend on the school feeding programme for their daily meals Based on the modified programme which implementation had commenced households with children in primary one to three are entitled to a voucher for a five kilogramme each of rice and beans Other food items are vegetable and palm oil salt half crates of eggs and 40 gramme of tomato paste Danjuma however said that NAPTAN as the number one stakeholder in education and mouthpiece of all parents in the country should be involved in the process He also said that the Nigerian Union of Teachers NUT was also not consulted We are very concerned because we have no clue on how the ministry intends to implement the programme For example how will the ministry locate our children while they are with us at home How often are they going to be fed These and so many other questions are bothering us as parents PTA and NUT played a significant role in curbing the spread of Ebola in schools indicating that consulting parents on matters that affect their children is the best way to go We are surprised that issues affecting our children are being discussed and implemented without our voice as parents We find this very disturbing Danjuma said He urged the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development Hajiya Sadiya Farouq to consult the federal and state ministries of education PTA NUT and other relevant stakeholders in handling issues concerning children Edited By Kamal Tayo Oropo Maureen Atuonwu NAN
    NAPTAN seeks participation in FG’s modified school feeding programm
     The National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria NAPTAN has called on the Federal Government to involve it in planning and implementation of the modified National Home Grown School Feeding Programme NHGSFP The National President Alhaji Haruna Danjuma made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna NAN reports that the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development had modified the NHGSF to provide food items to pupils at home since schools were closed This followed the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari to mitigate the effect of the Coronavirus lockdown on pupils particularly those that depend on the school feeding programme for their daily meals Based on the modified programme which implementation had commenced households with children in primary one to three are entitled to a voucher for a five kilogramme each of rice and beans Other food items are vegetable and palm oil salt half crates of eggs and 40 gramme of tomato paste Danjuma however said that NAPTAN as the number one stakeholder in education and mouthpiece of all parents in the country should be involved in the process He also said that the Nigerian Union of Teachers NUT was also not consulted We are very concerned because we have no clue on how the ministry intends to implement the programme For example how will the ministry locate our children while they are with us at home How often are they going to be fed These and so many other questions are bothering us as parents PTA and NUT played a significant role in curbing the spread of Ebola in schools indicating that consulting parents on matters that affect their children is the best way to go We are surprised that issues affecting our children are being discussed and implemented without our voice as parents We find this very disturbing Danjuma said He urged the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development Hajiya Sadiya Farouq to consult the federal and state ministries of education PTA NUT and other relevant stakeholders in handling issues concerning children Edited By Kamal Tayo Oropo Maureen Atuonwu NAN
    NAPTAN seeks participation in FG’s modified school feeding programm
    Education2 years ago

    NAPTAN seeks participation in FG’s modified school feeding programm

    The National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN) has called on the Federal Government to involve it in planning and implementation of the modified National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP).

    The National President, Alhaji Haruna Danjuma, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna.

    NAN reports that the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development had modified the NHGSF to provide food items to pupils at home, since schools were closed.

    This followed the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari, to mitigate the effect of the Coronavirus lockdown on pupils, particularly those that depend on the school feeding programme for their daily meals.

    Based on the modified programme, which implementation had commenced, households with children in primary one to three are entitled to a voucher for a five kilogramme each of rice and beans.

    Other food items are vegetable and palm oil, salt, half crates of eggs, and 40 gramme of tomato paste.

    Danjuma however, said that NAPTAN, as the number one stakeholder in education and mouthpiece of all parents in the country, should be involved in the process.

    He also said that the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) was also not consulted.

    “We are very concerned, because we have no clue on how the ministry intends to implement the programme.

    “For example, how will the ministry locate our children while they are with us at home? How often are they going to be fed? These and so many other questions are bothering us as parents.

    PTA and NUT played a significant role in curbing the spread of Ebola in schools, indicating that consulting parents on matters that affect their children is the best way to go.

    “We are surprised that issues affecting our children are being discussed and implemented without our voice as parents. We find this very disturbing,” Danjuma said.

    He urged the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, to consult the federal and state ministries of education, PTA, NUT, and other relevant stakeholders in handling issues concerning children.


    Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)