The Nasarawa State House of Assembly committee on Education has summoned 20 teachers of Government Junior Secondary School, Kurmin Tagwaye, for absenteeism.
The teachers are to appear before the committee on March 23.
The Chairman of the committee, Mr Daniel Ogazi, gave the summon on Friday when he led other members of the body on an inspection tour of school projects in Akwanga and Wamba local government areas of the state.
Ogazi (APC-Kokona East) said that the committee would take appropriate action against the teachers who were not on their duties post on Friday, March 20, to serve as deterrent to others
According to him, “this school has 43 teachers based on what the principal told us, only 20 teachers are present, 3 took excuse and we did not see the remaining 20 teachers as they are absent”.
” The teachers will appear on Monday to explain to us why they were not on their duties post today when we visited the school, ” he said.
The lawmaker urged teachers to be committed to their duties in order to complement the State Government’s huge investment in the education sector.
He, however,commended the head teacher and teachers of Islamic Primary School, Akwanga, for being committed to their duties and urged them to keep it up.
He directed the Best Folks Institute of Science and Technology, Wamba, a private school operating on the structure of Islamiya Primary School, Wamba, to vacate the school on or before tommorow, March 20 or face sanctions.
Ogazi also summoned Adefo Venture, a contractor handling most of the school projects across the state to appear before the committee on Monday, March 23rd over sub standard jobs in most of his contract work.
” We have observed that some contractors have adhered strictly to their projects specifications while others did not.
” It is in view of this that we are directing all contractors handling school projects across the state to complete their work in the next two weeks or face revocation.
” We are also inviting the management of SUBEB to appear on Monday, March 23rd alongside with some contractors who failed to adhered to their project specifications ,” he said.
Ogazi, commended Gov. Andullahi Sule for the massive constructions and renovations of schools across the state.
He assured of the committee’s continued readiness to move round the ongoing projects in order to ensure that quality work was delivered by the contractors.
He urged community leaders to take ownership of projects in their domains to ensure that the right things were done by contractors.
” We are also calling on community leaders to take ownership of projects in their domains to ensure that contractors adhere to their projects specifications, ‘ he said
Nigeria News Agency reports that projects inspected included, LGEA Primary Schools at, Ningo, Nunku, Mada Hills, Kurmin Tagwaye, Buku and Islamic primary School, Akwanga, all in Akwanga Local Government Area of the state.
Others are:LGEA Primary Schools at, Gbata, Wamba Kurmin, Wamba, Sisin Baki and Islamiya Primary School, Wamba among others.
Edited By: Abdullahi Yusuf
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly Committee on Education has threatened to direct the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to revoke the contracts awarded in some schools in Azara Development area over non-commencement of work.
The Chairman of the committee, Mr Daniel Ogah-Ogazi, made this known when he led other members in inspection tour of SUBEB projects in some schools in Azara Development Area on Friday.
Ogah-Ogazi urged the contractors handling the renovation of five classrooms at LGEA Primary School, Azara East and the renovation of two classrooms at LGEA Primary School Ibi to move to sites on or before March 9 or risk revocation of the contracts.
He said that the committee was out to see things for itself, with a view to correcting any possible anomaly.
The chairman, however, commended the contractor handling the renovation of four classrooms at Science Pilot Central Primary School, Azara for a job well done.
“We are here, as part of our oversight functions, to inspect the ongoing constructions and renovations of primary school projects.
“We want to ensure that quality work is done in our schools. Anything short of that will not be accepted.
“It is in view of this that we are calling on contractors, who have yet to resume work on their projects, to do so or risk revocation of their contracts.
“We are giving the contractors handling the renovations of three classrooms and two classrooms respectively at LGEA Primary School Azara East to resume work or risk revocation.
“We are also urging the contractor handling the renovation of two classrooms at LGEA Primary School, Ibi-Azara, to also start working or risk revocation.
“We are giving all the contractors from now to Monday (March 9) to be back on sites; otherwise, we will have no other option than to direct SUBEB to revoke the contracts and award them to other more competent contractors,” he said.
Ogah- Ogazi urged head teachers and community leaders to take ownership of the projects in their domains and ensure that quality job was done.
He also called on SUBEB to intensify efforts in supervising school projects so as to ensure quality job in the interest of the education sector.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that some of the schools visited by members of the committee included LGEA Primary School, Ibi; Science Pilot Central Primary School, Azara and LGEA Primary School, Azara East.
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The Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LASUBEB), on Wednesday said that the board was responsive to the education challenges faced at the grassroots.
Mr Wahab Alawiye-King, the Chairman of LASUBEB, made this known during an interactive session with other Board members, Local Government Education Authorities (LGEAs), secretaries and other stakeholders in Lagos.
Alawiye-King said the workshop, tagged, “Management Capacity Development Workshop”, was organised to enable all stakeholders to meet, deliberate and proffer solutions to issues raised by the quality assurance officers.
“We have realised that there is the need for all stakeholders to meet concerning the challenges facing the government initiatives, such as the Eko Excel and the Home-grown Feeding project.
“As a proactive and anticipatory board, we feel it is necessary to address some of these issues at a gathering of all stakeholders.
“We came to rub minds and exchange ideas and proffer solutions on the way forward; trusting our internal resource persons to give us up-to-date information.
“We share ideas, interact and network with the aim of finding solutions to new developments in the sector and how to manage them, ” Alawiye-King said.
He said that having Mr Adedoyin Adesina, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Lagos State Chapter, in attendance with the secretaries of all the LGEAs was a welcome development.
“At the end of the day, solutions to the problems are proffered and total response to the problems are agreed upon.
“We would do a summative assessment of the problem and we do not intend to wait till after the problem is about to end; so we are coming up with a methodology on how to do our jobs.
“We have it at the back of our minds that as grassroots workers, we must work with passion and do things according to the expectations of our governor, “Alawiye-King said.
Olalekan Majiyagbe, Chairman, Conference of all LGEAs Secretaries, said that the essence of the workshop was to exchange ideas that would give way to new ideas of doing things.
He said that being at the grassroots of the 20 LGEAs helped them to ascertain the problems and challenges and with the effectiveness of LASUBEB board they could make good success.
“We have come to this meeting to exchange ideas and listen to solutions to the challenges that we face in our respective LGEAs.
“This developments has made us to know that we are not alone in the job and the vision of the state government is well understood and pursued at the grassroots.
“The management capacity development programme is designed to address issues raised that are affecting government initiative.
“It is also an avenue where the LASUBEB chairman gets first -hand information on how well we are doing and other areas that need to be addressed,” Majiyagbe said.
The NUT Chairman who was present at the workshop, said that he was impressed with the way Lagos State handled the issue of grassroots education.
He said that the state government’s level of dedication to the cause of achieving quality education for all was real.
He commended the LASUBEB Chairman, noting that his efforts had been result-oriented.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
NNN: The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has directed the state Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to revoke the contract for the construction of four classrooms at the Central Pilot Science School, Keana.
Mr Daniel Ogazi, the Chairman of the committee gave the directive when he led other members of the committee on a tour of SUBEB projects in Keana, on Monday.
Ogazi, who frowned at a situation where a 2017 school project was abandoned, called on SUBEB to, as a matter of urgency, revoke the contract.
“They should also see to the completion of the project in accordance with contract laws,” he said.
The lawmaker called on relevant authorities to urgently address the issue of land encroachment in the school and others.
He expressed concern over situations where some contracts were over- valued, while others were under-valued, calling on SUBEB to look into the issue to avoid sub-standard project execution.
Ogazi observed that some of the contractors had yet to commence work on their projects and advised them to resume immediately or risk revocation.
He advised head teachers and community leaders to supervise construction work in their respective domains to ensure that quality work were done.
The lawmaker advised contractors to adhere strictly to their contract specifications by ensuring that standard works were done to ensure durability.
He also decried a situation where an individual would be using the structure of Obene Primary School, a government-owned school, for his own private school, adding that this was not acceptable.
“We will invite the Education Secretary of Keana Local Government to explain why private school is operating within the premises of a public school.
“We have heard similar cases in most of the places and fingers are being pointed at the education secretaries,” he said.
Ogazi also condemned the renovation work at Obene Primary School, accusing the contractor of using sub-standard materials.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that some of the schools visited included LGEA Primary School, Agaza; Central Pilot Science School, Aloshi, Central Pilot Science Primary School, Keana and LGEA Primary School, Keana South.
Others were Obene LGEA Primary School, Keana, Kiza Central Pilot Primary School, Gidan Sule Primary School, RCM Primary School, Kadarko and LGEA Primary School, Kadarko North.
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The Nasarawa House of Assembly Committee on Education, Science and Technology, has advised contractors handling the construction and renovation of primary schools across the state against substandard work.
Mr Daniel Oga-Ogazi (APC-Kokona East), chairman of the committee, gave the advise when he led members on an assessment visit to the ongoing construction and renovation of primary schools in Nasarawa South Senatorial district under SUBEB office.
Oga-Ogazi said that the committee would not leave any stone unturned towards improving on the standard of education in the state.
He maintained that contractors must deliver on their jobs according to specifications, adding that using substandard materials for construction was unacceptable.
Oga-Ogazi also frowned at situations where public schools structures were used to run private schools.
He cited cases of a secondary school principal operating a private school at the structure of Pilot Science Primary School, Agyaragu, while another person was operating a private school at the structure of LGEA Primary School, Doma North.
He noted that the situation was unacceptable and would be investigated.
“We are here on an on-the-spot assessment of the new constructions and renovations of classrooms across the state awarded by the SUBEB office.
“The visit is not to witch hunt anybody, but to ensure that standard works are done in the interest of our children and for the overall development of the education sector.
“We will not fail to sanction any contractor that engages in shoddy job to serve as deterrent to others, “he said.
Oga-Ogazi lauded the contractor handling the construction of three classrooms at LGEA Primary School, Doma West for a job well done.
However, he observed with dismay a situation where RCM Primary School, Doma with 14 block of classrooms was awarded another contract instead of moving it to another school that lacks structure.
Oga-ogazi advised the management of State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to ensure effective supervision of the projects to ensure quality works.
Nigeria News Agency reports that some of the schools visited include: Pilot Science Primary School, Agyaragu, LGEA Primary School Ichaswa, Church Missionary Society (CMS) Primary School, Agyaragu, RCM Primary School Agyaragu, Kayada Primary School, Lafia, LGEA Primary School Doma West,
Others are: Andoma Primary School, Doma, RCM Primary School, Doma, Doma North Primary School, Doma and LGEA Primary School Doma North.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso and Isaac Ukpoju
Mr Wahab Alawiye-King, the Chairman, Lagos State Universal Education Board (LASUBEB) on Friday urged stakeholders to work harder for the betterment of the Home-Grown School Feeding programme.
Alawiye-King made the appeal during an interactive session with Agric officials and Local Government Education Authority’s (LGEAs) desk officers in charge of the Home-Grown feeding centres.
He explained that the initiative which was a Federal Government project was part of the policies being promised and Lagos State was determined to be a forerunner in realising this objective.
He said that stakeholders must get their acts right in ensuring no school is left behind in the Home-Grown Feeding project which kicked off recently; reaching no fewer than 744 primary schools in Lagos State.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that during the interactive session, there were complaints about the lateness in supply of protein source to the collection centres.
There were also exhaustive discussion about the rejection of some farm produce and the hike in prices of foods.
Alawiye-King told all stakeholders that it was very important for the stakeholders in the various LGEAs to be patient and work hard to ensure that the objective is achieved at the end.
“We at LASUBEB are determined to ensure the objectives of the Federal Government is achieved at the end of the project.
“This is why we have asked the stakeholders to come, to have an interactive session with us, so that we can ascertain their level of achievements and areas needed to work on,” he said.
Similarly, Mr Bayo Adefuye, Permanent Board Member, LASUBEB and Officer in charge of Special Projects, said that it was important the board rubbed minds with the LGEAs.
“We used the day to talk exhaustively on factors impeding the progress of the Home-Grown Feeding project.
“Of course there are many lapses, so we want to hear from those on the field and assess the situation and proffer the right solution.
“So far we have covered 744 primary schools in Lagos and we intend to do more. This is why we are collaborating with the Agric Department to ensure everything is stabilised.
“We are aware of the challenges so far, but one aspect of children receiving one meal a day in their primary schools has been achieved.
“So parents can be well assured that once their children get to school, he or she will have access to one meal a day,” Adefuye said.
Edited By: Adeleye Ajayi
The Kebbi State Government has deployed over 140 monitoring officers to evaluate the performance of 1,452 trained primary One teachers in 956 primary schools across the state.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the affected teachers were trained under Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) to ensure improvement of Primary one pupils under the guide of Reading and Numeracy Activities (RANA) scheme, and their enrollment in the state.
While deploying the officers in Birnin Kebbi on Sunday, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Hajiya Rafa’atu Hammani, explained that the essence of the exercise was part of follow-up on effort to improve literacy level and retention of pupils’ enrollment in the primary schools.
“We invited these coaches and mentors here, because they are the ones who will go round to evaluate the effects of the training we gave to these primary one teachers on RANA programme.
“Their responsibilities are to see if they are following the syllabus.
“Are they doing it correctly? If they are doing it right, they will encourage them to do more.
“This is to ensure that RANA is going on the way its should be.
“We have distributed books to all the primary one pupils that these trained primary one teachers are teaching.
“So, we want them to go round to see if all these pupils have the RANA books.
“And if the teachers are teaching exactly what they are supposed to teach by following the syllabus the way it’s should be.
“Where the teacher is deficient, they will assist and help the teacher, guide him or her on the aspect such teacher is not doing well.
“So, the whole essence of this exercise is to remind ourselves of our roles as the people who will not only bring back children to schools, but make sure we retain them until they complete their schools and make sure we give them quality education,” Hammani explained.
She also recalled that one of the major problems facing education sector was lack of constant monitoring.
The permanent secretary expressed optimism that with the deployment of the coaches, there would be improvement in literacy standard in the schools while quality education would be achieved.
Earlier, the Desk Officer of BESDA, Malam Hassan Umar, disclosed that the programme was designed to improve literacy, enrollment of children in schools and the modalities in ensuring the objectives were achieved.
He added that the World Bank had promised the state about $1 million US dollars if the literacy level in the state improved by two per cent through the adoption of RANA.
NAN reports that 120 mentors and coaches as well as BESDA officers in all the 21 LGAs of the state converged at Birnin Kebbi Local Government Area of the state for the meeting of LGEA Desk Officers and RANA coaches/mentors on distribution of pupils book and teacher’s guide.
Edited By: Olawunmi Ashafa and Isaac Ukpoju
No fewer than 50 pupils at Osi in Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara on Wednesday received school uniforms and scholarship from `We Care Group,’ an NGO.
`We Care Group’, a community development youth group, is aimed at educating the younger ones for their future benefit.
Mr Suleiman Kayode, the group’s Chairman, said that the payment of fees for the primary school pupils was part of the organisation’s corporate social responsibility to the community.
Kayode said that offsetting the school fees was also to complement the efforts of parents, especially the less-privileged, toward improving education standard and performance of students.
“The NGO regard the pupils as potential representative, ambassador and leaders of the community in the nearest future,’’ the chairman said.
He said that the gesture would be a continuous exercise as benefactors would be sponsored till they complete their primary education.
Mr Lawrence Ajiboye, Social Mobilisation Officer, Ekiti Local Government Education Authority (LGEA), in his remarks, described the gesture as useful, timely and beneficial.
Also, Dr Ajiboye Mayun, Chairman, School Based Management Committee (SBMC) in the council, said he was optimistic that the donation would spur pupils to improve their academic performance.
Mayun described the gesture as “unprecedented in the history of the community”.
Some of the beneficiaries thanked the donor and promised to reciprocate the gesture by excelling in their academic pursuit.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the donation is targeted toward the less-privileged and cuts across five public primary schools in the council.
The affected schools are; Community LGEA, CAC primary school, St Brigid’s, SDA primary school and Ansaru Islam Primary Schools, all in Osi.
Ten pupils were selected as beneficiaries from each of the schools.
Other items distributed to the beneficiaries aside school uniforms and scholarship, were school sandals, mathematical sets and education instructional materials.
Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Wale Ojetimi
Academic activities has fully taken up in Public primary and secondary schools in Kaduna metropolis following school’s resumption for Second Term Academic Session.A correspondent of the Nigeria News Agency who monitored teachers and student’s turnout on Monday reports that, while teachers were fully on ground, only few pupils and student’s turned out for classes.
At Local Government Education Authority (LGEA) Primary School Mahuta, 35 teachers were on ground as at 8 a.m. with some of them already in their classes, teaching very few students that turned up.
At LGEA Unguwan Maichibi Primary School, Television, 51 teachers were seen, including 25 N-Power teachers, with academic activities taking place.
The story was the same at Government Senior and Junior Secondary Schools Kakuri, and Government Junior Secondary School Independence Way, Kaduna, where teachers were seen busy in their classes.
NAN reports that the Ministry of Education had earlier announced Sunday January 12 as resumption date for boarding schools and January 13 for all day schools.
The commissioner, Dr Shehu Makarfi had assured pupils, students, parents and other stakeholders that lesson would commence fully on Monday.
He urged parents to send their children to school, adding that failure to do so would attract sanctions.
Edited by: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Maharazu Ahmed