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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
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    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

  •   FEATURE Moral decadence Where parents guardian s faults lie Moral decadence Where parents guardian s faults lie By Taire Okudolo News Agency of Nigeria Unarguably poor parenting contributes in no small way to formation of behaviours among the youth which they will exhibit later in life Bad attitudes among the youth have in several occasions resulted in their eagerness to participate in cultist activities militancy and ritual killings among other vices Ranging from soliciting good grade among students indecent dressing cultism rape examination malpractice teenage pregnancy prostitution and sexual harassment to drug abuse observers note that poor parenting has a lot to do in checking the youth on these behaviours Similarly sociologists note that Nigerian parents are failing in their duties as guardians instructors and supervisors of the moral upgrading and rectitude of the youth According to them more often than not these parents proffer excuses for their failures to meet their responsibilities such as fending to put food on the table and having no time to monitor these young people So when the young ones do not receive the right instructions from the parents and guardians the children are prone to taking up unconventional or strange behaviours from anywhere they argue In an attempt to avoid public criticism of their children for strange behaviours the derelict parents or guardians are always part of the fallout emanating from their ineptitude Moralists insist that parents ought to be responsible for the training of their children by teaching them the acceptable societal values devoid of over pampering They note that the desire to give child things parents never had turns the youth to become self centered unmotivated jealous angry or depressed and more dangerous they are at risk for drugs alcohol and risky sexual activities But psychologists note that children who face disappointment and overcome challenges learn to take initiative set and work toward goals and earn rewards The National Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria NAPTAN believes that many parents willfully support examination malpractices and most times sponsor malpractices even they can bribe through their way to get school admission for their wards NAPTAN s Deputy National President Adeolu Ogunbanjo notes that many parents prefer registering their up coming adult children in fraudulent examination centres and pay for unmerited success Emphasis to discourage parents from sponsoring examination malpractice should be intensified by way of prosecution of those in the practice Similarly a technician in Ikorodu in Lagos Mr Segun Oni says many parents dampen the moral rectitude of children by undue interference in the training of their wards I always get parents who dictate to me when I am to certify their children undergoing apprenticeship under me even when the apprentice has not learnt the basis of the trade According to Oni parents are becoming less interested in knowledge of their children who are on an apprenticeship programme in a technical skill It is typical to see young people involved in fraud popularly known as yahoo or 419 and their parents who deliberately look the other way and condone them and even enjoy the proceeds of this crime Some parents even celebrate their children who are king pin cultists by giving them cover from police prosecution and protect them from opposition cult groups a policeman who preferred anonymity said Critics have then been asking what could be done to reverse the level of moral decadence among the youth in the country Rev Fr Emmanuel Mary Enaemeka of Archangel Catholic Church Ikorodu says religious leaders have a great role to play by speaking truth to parents that support decadent behaviour of their children The priest notes that rejection of the contributions from ill gotten proceeds of youths criminality by the religious institutions would bring shame to parents and caution others not to toy with the moral upbringing of their children A church s pastor and a mosque s Imam should not give any position or attention to parents in their congregations whose young adult children are suspected to be into yahoo cultism or militancy Religious leaders must maintain a kind of outright excommunication of parents of well known youths who are into various illegalities in the community Such excommunication will go a long way to curb parents recalcitrant behaviour of promoting the immorality of their children and this will have reverberating effect throughout the country Enaemeka the priest says In the view of NAPTAN increasing the spate of prosecution of parents culpable of underperforming their duty in the aspect of moral rejuvenation of their God given children will stop immoralities among Nigerian youths NAPTAN believes that the performance of the Nigeria Police in the aspect of arrest and prosecution of parents that sponsor cover and conspire to promote the notorious criminality of their children is disabling moral rejuvenation of the youth According to the association a toxic environment with high rate of poverty frustration mental demoralisation and traumatised masses will encourage parental delinquency It is for this reason that governments must take the issue of who can become a parent seriously the association suggests All in all sociologists advise against pampering of the young ones noting that although it is natural to want your children to be happy giving them everything they ask for can cause long term problems They plead with government and parents to disapprove child marriage but to invest more in public enlightenment on the duties and obligations of parents to the society to overcome youth immoralities NANFeatures If used please credit the writer as well as News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FEATURE: Moral decadence: Where parents, guardian’s faults lie
      FEATURE Moral decadence Where parents guardian s faults lie Moral decadence Where parents guardian s faults lie By Taire Okudolo News Agency of Nigeria Unarguably poor parenting contributes in no small way to formation of behaviours among the youth which they will exhibit later in life Bad attitudes among the youth have in several occasions resulted in their eagerness to participate in cultist activities militancy and ritual killings among other vices Ranging from soliciting good grade among students indecent dressing cultism rape examination malpractice teenage pregnancy prostitution and sexual harassment to drug abuse observers note that poor parenting has a lot to do in checking the youth on these behaviours Similarly sociologists note that Nigerian parents are failing in their duties as guardians instructors and supervisors of the moral upgrading and rectitude of the youth According to them more often than not these parents proffer excuses for their failures to meet their responsibilities such as fending to put food on the table and having no time to monitor these young people So when the young ones do not receive the right instructions from the parents and guardians the children are prone to taking up unconventional or strange behaviours from anywhere they argue In an attempt to avoid public criticism of their children for strange behaviours the derelict parents or guardians are always part of the fallout emanating from their ineptitude Moralists insist that parents ought to be responsible for the training of their children by teaching them the acceptable societal values devoid of over pampering They note that the desire to give child things parents never had turns the youth to become self centered unmotivated jealous angry or depressed and more dangerous they are at risk for drugs alcohol and risky sexual activities But psychologists note that children who face disappointment and overcome challenges learn to take initiative set and work toward goals and earn rewards The National Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria NAPTAN believes that many parents willfully support examination malpractices and most times sponsor malpractices even they can bribe through their way to get school admission for their wards NAPTAN s Deputy National President Adeolu Ogunbanjo notes that many parents prefer registering their up coming adult children in fraudulent examination centres and pay for unmerited success Emphasis to discourage parents from sponsoring examination malpractice should be intensified by way of prosecution of those in the practice Similarly a technician in Ikorodu in Lagos Mr Segun Oni says many parents dampen the moral rectitude of children by undue interference in the training of their wards I always get parents who dictate to me when I am to certify their children undergoing apprenticeship under me even when the apprentice has not learnt the basis of the trade According to Oni parents are becoming less interested in knowledge of their children who are on an apprenticeship programme in a technical skill It is typical to see young people involved in fraud popularly known as yahoo or 419 and their parents who deliberately look the other way and condone them and even enjoy the proceeds of this crime Some parents even celebrate their children who are king pin cultists by giving them cover from police prosecution and protect them from opposition cult groups a policeman who preferred anonymity said Critics have then been asking what could be done to reverse the level of moral decadence among the youth in the country Rev Fr Emmanuel Mary Enaemeka of Archangel Catholic Church Ikorodu says religious leaders have a great role to play by speaking truth to parents that support decadent behaviour of their children The priest notes that rejection of the contributions from ill gotten proceeds of youths criminality by the religious institutions would bring shame to parents and caution others not to toy with the moral upbringing of their children A church s pastor and a mosque s Imam should not give any position or attention to parents in their congregations whose young adult children are suspected to be into yahoo cultism or militancy Religious leaders must maintain a kind of outright excommunication of parents of well known youths who are into various illegalities in the community Such excommunication will go a long way to curb parents recalcitrant behaviour of promoting the immorality of their children and this will have reverberating effect throughout the country Enaemeka the priest says In the view of NAPTAN increasing the spate of prosecution of parents culpable of underperforming their duty in the aspect of moral rejuvenation of their God given children will stop immoralities among Nigerian youths NAPTAN believes that the performance of the Nigeria Police in the aspect of arrest and prosecution of parents that sponsor cover and conspire to promote the notorious criminality of their children is disabling moral rejuvenation of the youth According to the association a toxic environment with high rate of poverty frustration mental demoralisation and traumatised masses will encourage parental delinquency It is for this reason that governments must take the issue of who can become a parent seriously the association suggests All in all sociologists advise against pampering of the young ones noting that although it is natural to want your children to be happy giving them everything they ask for can cause long term problems They plead with government and parents to disapprove child marriage but to invest more in public enlightenment on the duties and obligations of parents to the society to overcome youth immoralities NANFeatures If used please credit the writer as well as News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FEATURE: Moral decadence: Where parents, guardian’s faults lie
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    FEATURE: Moral decadence: Where parents, guardian’s faults lie

    FEATURE: Moral decadence: Where parents, guardian’s faults lie Moral decadence: Where parents, guardian’s faults lie By Taire Okudolo, News Agency of Nigeria Unarguably, poor parenting contributes in no small way to formation of behaviours among the youth which they will exhibit later in life.

    Bad attitudes among the youth have, in several occasions, resulted in their eagerness to participate in cultist activities, militancy and ritual killings, among other vices.

    Ranging from soliciting good grade among students, indecent dressing, cultism, rape, examination malpractice, teenage pregnancy, prostitution and sexual harassment to drug abuse, observers note that poor parenting has a lot to do in checking the youth on these behaviours.

    Similarly, sociologists note that Nigerian parents are failing in their duties as guardians, instructors and supervisors of the moral upgrading and rectitude of the youth.

    According to them, more often than not, these parents proffer excuses for their failures to meet their responsibilities such as fending to put food on the table and having no time to monitor these young people.

    So, when the young ones do not receive the right instructions from the parents and guardians, the children are prone to taking up unconventional or strange behaviours from anywhere, they argue.

    In an attempt to avoid public criticism of their children for strange behaviours, the derelict parents or guardians are always part of the fallout emanating from their ineptitude.

    Moralists insist that parents ought to be responsible for the training of their children by teaching them the acceptable societal values devoid of over-pampering.

    They note that the desire to give child things parents never had turns the youth to become self-centered, unmotivated, jealous, angry or depressed and more dangerous, they are at risk for drugs, alcohol and risky sexual activities.

    But psychologists note that children who face disappointment and overcome challenges learn to take initiative, set and work toward goals and earn rewards.

    The National Parents-Teachers Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN) believes that many parents willfully support examination malpractices; and most times sponsor malpractices, even they can bribe through their way to get school admission for their wards.

    NAPTAN’s Deputy National President Adeolu Ogunbanjo notes that “many parents prefer registering their up-coming adult children in fraudulent examination centres and pay for unmerited success.

    “Emphasis to discourage parents from sponsoring examination malpractice should be intensified by way of prosecution of those in the practice’’.

    Similarly, a technician in Ikorodu in Lagos, Mr Segun Oni, says many parents dampen the moral rectitude of children by undue interference in the training of their wards.

    “I always get parents who dictate to me when I am to certify their children undergoing apprenticeship under me even when the apprentice has not learnt the basis of the trade.

    According to Oni, parents are becoming less interested in knowledge of their children who are on an apprenticeship programme in a technical skill.

    “It is typical to see young people involved in fraud popularly known as yahoo or 419 and their parents who deliberately look the other way and condone them and even enjoy the proceeds of this crime.

    “Some parents even celebrate their children who are king-pin cultists by giving them cover from police prosecution and protect them from opposition cult groups, a policeman who preferred anonymity said.

    Critics have then been asking what could be done to reverse the level of moral decadence among the youth in the country.

    Rev. Fr. Emmanuel-Mary Enaemeka of Archangel Catholic Church, Ikorodu, says religious leaders have a great role to play by speaking truth to parents that support decadent behaviour of their children.

    The priest notes that rejection of the contributions from ill-gotten proceeds of youths’ criminality by the religious institutions would bring shame to parents and caution others not to toy with the moral upbringing of their children.

    “A church’s pastor and a mosque’s Imam should not give any position or attention to parents in their congregations whose young adult children are suspected to be into yahoo, cultism or militancy.

    “Religious leaders must maintain a kind of outright excommunication of parents of well-known youths who are into various illegalities in the community.

    “Such excommunication will go a long way to curb parents’ recalcitrant behaviour of promoting the immorality of their children and this will have reverberating effect throughout the country,’’ Enaemeka, the priest says.

    In the view of NAPTAN, increasing the spate of prosecution of parents culpable of underperforming their duty in the aspect of moral rejuvenation of their God-given children will stop immoralities among Nigerian youths.

    NAPTAN believes that the performance of the Nigeria Police in the aspect of arrest and prosecution of parents that sponsor, cover and conspire to promote the notorious criminality of their children is disabling moral rejuvenation of the youth.

    According to the association, a toxic environment with high rate of poverty, frustration, mental demoralisation and traumatised masses will encourage parental delinquency.

    “It is for this reason that governments must take the issue of who can become a parent seriously’’, the association suggests.

    All in all, sociologists advise against pampering of the young ones; noting that although it is natural to want your children to be happy, giving them everything they ask for can cause long-term problems.

    They plead with government and parents to disapprove child marriage but to invest more in public enlightenment on the duties and obligations of parents to the society to overcome youth immoralities.

    (NANFeatures) **If used, please credit the writer as well as News Agency of Nigeria
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  •  The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB during its policy meeting held on July 21 pegged the minimum cut off score for admission into the country s universities at 140 for the 20222023 academic session It put that of Polytechnics at 120 and Colleges of Education at 100 Two years back it had approved 160 as cut off mark for 20202021 university admissions The board also approved 120 as cut off marks for Polytechnic and 100 for the school of Education and Innovative institutions Last year it announced 140 as the cut off mark for all federal state and private Universities 100 for polytechnics and 80 for colleges of education in Nigeria for the 2021 admission The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in announcing this year s cut off marks the examination body said that of the over 1 7 million candidates that sat for the examination only 378 639 scored 200 and above The trend of the cut off marks over the years dropping in the case of universities to 140 of the total 400 marks has elicited mixed reactions Some describe the lowering of the cut off the benchmark for placement of candidates into the country s institutions of higher learning as worrisome with implications for education standards Others however think otherwise saying it is not the sole determinant Prof Oluwole Familoni immediate past Deputy Vice Chancellor Academics and Research University of Lagos believes that low cut off marks would not encourage competition He said that there was a need to ensure that candidates are challenged to get the best for the universities especially as well as other tertiary institutions This according to him will ensure that the best are admitted and fit for purpose during and after graduation Prof Ibrahim Bakare Chairman Academic Staff Union of Universities Lagos State University Ojo ASUU LASU believes the recent JAMB cut off is a reflection of the performance of the candidates Bakare also Director of Consult LASU said that low cut off had serious implications on the quality of students being produced at the moment This implies that the government needs to do a lot in motivating the teachers first in our secondary schools and providing an enabling environment for private schools to compete well Government should also train and retrain our teachers in public schools and adequately equip the laboratories to enhance the performance of the students More funds need to be allocated in real terms to the education sector without delay and the welfare of teachers should also be improved if the performance of students are to be enhanced he said Bakare said that teachers rating proper quality assurance mechanisms and teaching techniques required immediate attention of the government Teaching environment must also be conducive to facilitate a smooth learning process State of emergency should be declared in our education sector in Nigeria he said But Chief Adeolu Ogunbanjo Deputy National President National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria NAPTAN posits that cut off marks can be seen only as a guide to university admission but not in totality He said that the institutions still conducted their own internal examinations by way of the Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination Note that students securing admission into any university must have a combination of secondary school certificate examinations result JAMB score and the particular university internally conducted examination I think and I want to believe that the wisdom Prof Ishaku Oloyode used there was to ensure that university admission is now flexible to ensure that it takes more students particularly now that a lot of things are disturbing education in the country But lowering the cut off to 140 does not mean that a student who aspires to study Engineering can do so however we don t mind the step as parents he said Mr Andrew Agada Principal King s College Lagos is of the view that the candidates performance in the examination could have been part of the reason for the cut off marks announced He noted that some time back it used to be higher for universities and the other tertiary institutions Universities used to be 180 at least but getting to this level right now means something must be fundamentally wrong somewhere he said Agada lauded one of his students that participated at the examination and came out with a total score of 355 He noted that it was no mean feat adding that it was a thing of honour to the college and needed to be celebrated Mr Sunday Fowowe National President Association of Nursery and Primary Education Instructors in Nigeria ANPEIN expressed concern at the cut off marks for this year Fowowe said that the poor performance of candidates in this year s examination were possibly due to the questions being above the curriculum or syllabus given to them to study Also maybe laziness on the part of the candidates for which they didn t study well for the examination could also be a factor As researchers we are compelled by this development to carry out a survey about those that scored less than 180 that will secure admission into the various universities We must do a four year longitudinal study of their performance in their future departments to see if there is a correlation between JAMB performance scores and undergraduate academic performance he said To Dr Nasir Fagge a former President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU there is a need for a review of the law establishing the JAMB According to him the idea of allowing the examination body to decide general cut off marks for the country s tertiary institution must be jettisoned if the system is to achieve its mandate This is one of the things we have been engaging the government on in the past Where in the world will you have a particular outfit to determine what is best for institutions of learning in terms of admission The practice is foreign to university autonomy The job of the board should end with conducting the examination All it has to do thereafter is to collate the results and handover to the respective institutions of higher learning to decide what they want These institutions will then form a committee that will do other checks come to an agreement and then hand it over to the Senate for final decision The act of deciding who is admitted into any university for instance should lie solely with the Senates of the various universities They should be able to look at the general performance of the candidates and determine where to peg their cut off marks and not JAMB In my opinion I dare say that this sort of practice by the examination body does not encourage merit and capacity the unionist said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    How academics, others see JAMB cut-off marks
     The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB during its policy meeting held on July 21 pegged the minimum cut off score for admission into the country s universities at 140 for the 20222023 academic session It put that of Polytechnics at 120 and Colleges of Education at 100 Two years back it had approved 160 as cut off mark for 20202021 university admissions The board also approved 120 as cut off marks for Polytechnic and 100 for the school of Education and Innovative institutions Last year it announced 140 as the cut off mark for all federal state and private Universities 100 for polytechnics and 80 for colleges of education in Nigeria for the 2021 admission The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in announcing this year s cut off marks the examination body said that of the over 1 7 million candidates that sat for the examination only 378 639 scored 200 and above The trend of the cut off marks over the years dropping in the case of universities to 140 of the total 400 marks has elicited mixed reactions Some describe the lowering of the cut off the benchmark for placement of candidates into the country s institutions of higher learning as worrisome with implications for education standards Others however think otherwise saying it is not the sole determinant Prof Oluwole Familoni immediate past Deputy Vice Chancellor Academics and Research University of Lagos believes that low cut off marks would not encourage competition He said that there was a need to ensure that candidates are challenged to get the best for the universities especially as well as other tertiary institutions This according to him will ensure that the best are admitted and fit for purpose during and after graduation Prof Ibrahim Bakare Chairman Academic Staff Union of Universities Lagos State University Ojo ASUU LASU believes the recent JAMB cut off is a reflection of the performance of the candidates Bakare also Director of Consult LASU said that low cut off had serious implications on the quality of students being produced at the moment This implies that the government needs to do a lot in motivating the teachers first in our secondary schools and providing an enabling environment for private schools to compete well Government should also train and retrain our teachers in public schools and adequately equip the laboratories to enhance the performance of the students More funds need to be allocated in real terms to the education sector without delay and the welfare of teachers should also be improved if the performance of students are to be enhanced he said Bakare said that teachers rating proper quality assurance mechanisms and teaching techniques required immediate attention of the government Teaching environment must also be conducive to facilitate a smooth learning process State of emergency should be declared in our education sector in Nigeria he said But Chief Adeolu Ogunbanjo Deputy National President National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria NAPTAN posits that cut off marks can be seen only as a guide to university admission but not in totality He said that the institutions still conducted their own internal examinations by way of the Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination Note that students securing admission into any university must have a combination of secondary school certificate examinations result JAMB score and the particular university internally conducted examination I think and I want to believe that the wisdom Prof Ishaku Oloyode used there was to ensure that university admission is now flexible to ensure that it takes more students particularly now that a lot of things are disturbing education in the country But lowering the cut off to 140 does not mean that a student who aspires to study Engineering can do so however we don t mind the step as parents he said Mr Andrew Agada Principal King s College Lagos is of the view that the candidates performance in the examination could have been part of the reason for the cut off marks announced He noted that some time back it used to be higher for universities and the other tertiary institutions Universities used to be 180 at least but getting to this level right now means something must be fundamentally wrong somewhere he said Agada lauded one of his students that participated at the examination and came out with a total score of 355 He noted that it was no mean feat adding that it was a thing of honour to the college and needed to be celebrated Mr Sunday Fowowe National President Association of Nursery and Primary Education Instructors in Nigeria ANPEIN expressed concern at the cut off marks for this year Fowowe said that the poor performance of candidates in this year s examination were possibly due to the questions being above the curriculum or syllabus given to them to study Also maybe laziness on the part of the candidates for which they didn t study well for the examination could also be a factor As researchers we are compelled by this development to carry out a survey about those that scored less than 180 that will secure admission into the various universities We must do a four year longitudinal study of their performance in their future departments to see if there is a correlation between JAMB performance scores and undergraduate academic performance he said To Dr Nasir Fagge a former President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU there is a need for a review of the law establishing the JAMB According to him the idea of allowing the examination body to decide general cut off marks for the country s tertiary institution must be jettisoned if the system is to achieve its mandate This is one of the things we have been engaging the government on in the past Where in the world will you have a particular outfit to determine what is best for institutions of learning in terms of admission The practice is foreign to university autonomy The job of the board should end with conducting the examination All it has to do thereafter is to collate the results and handover to the respective institutions of higher learning to decide what they want These institutions will then form a committee that will do other checks come to an agreement and then hand it over to the Senate for final decision The act of deciding who is admitted into any university for instance should lie solely with the Senates of the various universities They should be able to look at the general performance of the candidates and determine where to peg their cut off marks and not JAMB In my opinion I dare say that this sort of practice by the examination body does not encourage merit and capacity the unionist said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    How academics, others see JAMB cut-off marks
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    How academics, others see JAMB cut-off marks

    The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), during its policy meeting held on July 21, pegged the minimum cut-off score for admission into the country’s universities at 140 for the 20222023 academic session.

    It put that of Polytechnics at 120, and Colleges of Education at 100. Two years back,  it had approved 160 as cut-off mark for 20202021 university admissions. 

    The board also approved 120 as cut-off marks for Polytechnic and 100 for the school of Education and Innovative institutions.

    Last year, it announced 140 as the cut-off mark for all federal, state, and private Universities; 100 for polytechnics; and 80 for colleges of education in Nigeria for the 2021 admission.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that, in announcing this year’s cut-off marks, the examination body said that of the over 1.7 million candidates that sat for the examination, only 378,639  scored 200 and above.

    The trend of the cut-off marks over the years, dropping in the case of universities to 140, of the total 400 marks, has elicited mixed reactions.

    Some describe the lowering of the cut-off, the benchmark for placement of candidates into the country’s institutions of higher learning, as worrisome, with implications for education standards.

    Others, however, think otherwise, saying it is not the sole determinant.

    Prof. Oluwole Familoni, immediate-past Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics and Research), University of Lagos, believes that low cut-off marks would not encourage competition.

    He said that there was a need to ensure that candidates are challenged to get the best for the universities especially, as well as other tertiary institutions.

    This, according to him, will ensure that the best are admitted and fit for purpose, during and after graduation.

    Prof. Ibrahim Bakare, Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities, Lagos State University, Ojo (ASUU-LASU), believes the recent JAMB cut-off is a reflection of the performance of the candidates.

    Bakare, also Director of Consult, LASU, said that low cut-off had serious implications on the quality of students being produced at the moment.

    “This implies that the government needs to do a lot in motivating the teachers first in our secondary schools, and providing an enabling environment for private schools to compete well. 

    “Government should also train and retrain our teachers in public schools and adequately equip the laboratories to enhance the performance of the students.

    “More funds need to be allocated in real terms to the education sector, without delay, and the welfare of teachers should also be improved, if the performance of students are  to be enhanced,” he said.

    Bakare said that teachers’ rating, proper quality assurance mechanisms and teaching techniques required immediate attention of the government. 

    “Teaching environment must also be conducive to facilitate a smooth learning process.

    ” State of emergency should be declared in our education sector in Nigeria,” he said.

    But Chief Adeolu Ogunbanjo, Deputy National President, National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN), posits that cut-off marks can be seen only as a guide to university admission, but not in totality.

    He said that the institutions still conducted their own internal examinations, by way of the  Post  Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

    “Note that students securing admission into any university must have a combination of secondary school certificate examinations result, JAMB score and the particular university internally conducted examination.

    “I think and I want to believe that the wisdom Prof. Ishaku Oloyode used there, was to ensure that university admission is  now flexible to ensure that it takes more students, particularly now  that a lot of things are disturbing education in the country.

    “But lowering the cut-off to 140 does not mean that a student who aspires to study Engineering can do so; however we don’t mind the step, as parents,” he said.

    Mr Andrew Agada, Principal, King’s College, Lagos is of the view that the candidates’ performance in the examination could have been part of the reason for the cut-off marks announced.

    He noted that some time back, it used to be higher for universities and the other tertiary institutions. 

    “Universities used to be 180 at least, but getting to this level right now, means something must be fundamentally wrong somewhere,” he said.

    Agada lauded one of his students that participated at the examination and came out with a total score of 355. He noted that it was no mean feat, adding that it was a thing of honour to the college and needed to be celebrated.

    Mr Sunday Fowowe, National President, Association of Nursery and Primary Education Instructors in Nigeria (ANPEIN) expressed concern at the cut-off marks for this year.

    Fowowe said that the poor performance of candidates in this year’s examination were possibly due to the questions being above the curriculum or syllabus given to them to study.

    “Also, maybe laziness on the part of the candidates, for which they didn’t study well for the examination, could also be a factor.

    “As researchers, we are compelled by this development to carry out a survey about those that scored less than 180, that will secure admission into the various universities.

    “We must do a four-year longitudinal study of their performance in their future departments, to see if there is a correlation between JAMB  performance  (scores) and  undergraduate academic performance,” he said.

    To Dr Nasir Fagge, a former President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU),  there is a need for a review of the law establishing the JAMB.

    According to him, the idea of allowing the examination body to decide general cut off marks for the country’s tertiary institution must be jettisoned, if the system is to achieve its mandate.

    “This is one of the things we have been engaging the government on, in the past.

    Where in the world will you have a particular outfit to determine what is best for institutions of learning in terms of admission?

    “The practice is foreign to university autonomy. 

    “The job of the board should end with conducting the examination.

    All it has to do thereafter is to collate the results and handover to the respective institutions of higher learning, to decide what they want.

    “These institutions will then form a committee that will do other checks, come to an agreement and then hand it over to the Senate for final decision.

    “The act  of deciding who is admitted into any university for instance, should lie solely with the Senates of the various universities. 

    “They should be able to look at the general performance of the candidates and determine where to peg their cut-off marks and not JAMB.

    “In my opinion, I dare say that this sort of practice by the examination body does not encourage merit and capacity,” the unionist said.  


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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  
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    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. (

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  •  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.
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    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)

  •  National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria NAPTAN and some education stakeholders have commended the Kaduna State Government for constructing six new Science Boarding Secondary Schools to promote science education The stakeholders who gave the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna said that the development was crucial to the development of science education in the state NAPTAN President Mr Haruna Danjuma said that completion of the project was timely considering the demand for science based related skills in the state Danjuma called on the government to ensure adequate funding of the schools to ensure quality teaching and learning He expressed concern that of the more than 500 post primary schools in the state only a few were up to standard due to poor funding According to him majority of the schools are dilapidated lacking basic teaching and learning materials and qualified teachers He called on the state government to increase investment in the sector and ensure timely release of funds to ensure quality teaching and learning in secondary schools The national president also urged the government to ensure that parents had a say and contribute their quota in running the schools He advised parents to take advantage of the development and enroll their children particularly the girl child to acquire science education and contribute to national development Also Mr Aliyu Tijjani Citizen s Co chair Kaduna Basic Education Accountability Mechanism citizens and government platform for basic education described science education as the answer to the state development efforts Tijjani said that the six new schools would increase the number of graduates in science related disciplines and contribute to bridging the science manpower gap in the state He also stressed the need for sustained funding effective monitoring and evaluation to ensure that the effort yields the desired result Tijani called for training and retraining of the teachers based on identified gaps to ensure quality education delivery Similarly Mrs Rebecca Sako John Technical Advisor Legal Awareness for Nigerian Women said that efforts would improve access to science education particularly for girls in the state Sako John however called for concerted efforts to encourage pupils from hard to reach communities including Person Living with Disabilities NAN reports that the State Commissioner for Education Mrs Halima Lawal had on Monday announced that the schools were at 98 per cent completion Lawal had explained at the opening of a five day training of teachers and administrators of the schools that each Senatorial Zone has two schools one for boys and one for girls According to her the goal is to promote science education and increase the number of graduates with a view to developing the needed science based manpower for development of the state She said that the schools are located at Hunkuyi Kudan Local Government Area LGA Pambegua in Kubau LGA Rigachikun Igabi LGA Buruku Chikun LGA Jere Kagarko LGA and Manchok Kaura LGA The schools are strategically equipped with state of the art facilities in line with global standards to deliver quality science education she said NAN
    NAPTAN, stakeholders laud KDSG for constructing 6 new science schools
     National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria NAPTAN and some education stakeholders have commended the Kaduna State Government for constructing six new Science Boarding Secondary Schools to promote science education The stakeholders who gave the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna said that the development was crucial to the development of science education in the state NAPTAN President Mr Haruna Danjuma said that completion of the project was timely considering the demand for science based related skills in the state Danjuma called on the government to ensure adequate funding of the schools to ensure quality teaching and learning He expressed concern that of the more than 500 post primary schools in the state only a few were up to standard due to poor funding According to him majority of the schools are dilapidated lacking basic teaching and learning materials and qualified teachers He called on the state government to increase investment in the sector and ensure timely release of funds to ensure quality teaching and learning in secondary schools The national president also urged the government to ensure that parents had a say and contribute their quota in running the schools He advised parents to take advantage of the development and enroll their children particularly the girl child to acquire science education and contribute to national development Also Mr Aliyu Tijjani Citizen s Co chair Kaduna Basic Education Accountability Mechanism citizens and government platform for basic education described science education as the answer to the state development efforts Tijjani said that the six new schools would increase the number of graduates in science related disciplines and contribute to bridging the science manpower gap in the state He also stressed the need for sustained funding effective monitoring and evaluation to ensure that the effort yields the desired result Tijani called for training and retraining of the teachers based on identified gaps to ensure quality education delivery Similarly Mrs Rebecca Sako John Technical Advisor Legal Awareness for Nigerian Women said that efforts would improve access to science education particularly for girls in the state Sako John however called for concerted efforts to encourage pupils from hard to reach communities including Person Living with Disabilities NAN reports that the State Commissioner for Education Mrs Halima Lawal had on Monday announced that the schools were at 98 per cent completion Lawal had explained at the opening of a five day training of teachers and administrators of the schools that each Senatorial Zone has two schools one for boys and one for girls According to her the goal is to promote science education and increase the number of graduates with a view to developing the needed science based manpower for development of the state She said that the schools are located at Hunkuyi Kudan Local Government Area LGA Pambegua in Kubau LGA Rigachikun Igabi LGA Buruku Chikun LGA Jere Kagarko LGA and Manchok Kaura LGA The schools are strategically equipped with state of the art facilities in line with global standards to deliver quality science education she said NAN
    NAPTAN, stakeholders laud KDSG for constructing 6 new science schools
    Education5 months ago

    NAPTAN, stakeholders laud KDSG for constructing 6 new science schools

    National Parent-Teacher Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN) and some education stakeholders have commended the Kaduna State Government for constructing six new Science Boarding Secondary Schools to promote science education.

    The stakeholders, who gave the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna, said that the development was crucial to the development of science education in the state.

    NAPTAN President, Mr Haruna Danjuma, said that completion of the project was timely, considering the demand for science-based related skills in the state.

    Danjuma called on the government to ensure adequate funding of the schools to ensure quality teaching and learning.

    He expressed concern that of the more than 500 post primary schools in the state, only a few were up to standard due to poor funding.

    According to him, majority of the schools are dilapidated, lacking basic teaching and learning materials and qualified teachers.

    He called on the state government to increase investment in the sector and ensure timely release of funds to ensure quality teaching and learning in secondary schools.

    The national president also urged the government to ensure that parents had a say and contribute their quota in running the schools.

    He advised parents to take advantage of the development and enroll their children, particularly the girl-child to acquire science education and contribute to national development

    Also, Mr Aliyu Tijjani, Citizen’s Co-chair, Kaduna Basic Education Accountability Mechanism, citizens’, and government platform for basic education, described science education as the “answer” to the state development efforts.

    Tijjani said that the six new schools would increase the number of graduates in science related disciplines and contribute to bridging the science manpower gap in the state.

    He also stressed the need for sustained funding, effective monitoring, and evaluation to ensure that the effort yields the desired result.

    Tijani called for training and retraining of the teachers, based on identified gaps to ensure quality education delivery.

    Similarly, Mrs Rebecca Sako-John, Technical Advisor, Legal Awareness for Nigerian Women, said that efforts would improve access to science education, particularly for girls in the state.

    Sako-John, however, called for concerted efforts to encourage pupils from hard-to-reach communities, including Person Living with Disabilities.

    NAN reports that the State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Halima Lawal, had on Monday announced that the schools were at 98 per cent completion.

    Lawal had explained at the opening of a five-day training of teachers and administrators of the schools that each Senatorial Zone has two schools, one for boys and one for girls.

    According to her, the goal is to promote science education and increase the number of graduates with a view to developing the needed science-based manpower for development of the state.

    She said that the schools are located at Hunkuyi Kudan Local Government Area (LGA), Pambegua in Kubau LGA, Rigachikun, Igabi LGA, Buruku, Chikun LGA, Jere, Kagarko LGA and Manchok, Kaura LGA.

    “The schools are strategically equipped with state-of-the-art facilities in line with global standards to deliver quality science education,’’ she said. (

    (NAN)

  •  The National Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria NAPTAN has called for compulsory creation of Guidance and Counseling units in schools to tackle moral decadence NAPTAN s Deputy National President Mr Adeolu Ogunbabjo made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria NAN in Lagos on Sunday Ogunbanjo was reacting to the reopening of Chrisland school Lagos which was closed following a recent sex tape involving its pupils during a trip to Dubai It would be recalled that the Lagos State government on Saturday directed the reopening of the school from Monday It is a good development to reopen the school There is need to establish effective guidance and counseling units in schools The units should be made up of qualified people who can handle such tasks Moral upbringing is very crucial in the life of the child he said The NAPTAN official also urged parents to closely monitor their children s activities and relationship with others Ogunbanjo said that mothers had crucial roles to play in the moral upbringing of the child A large percentage of the moral upbringing of the child lies with mothers Mothers should up rise to the occasion We need to fortify parenting in our homes We should not shift our responsibilities or use our jobs as excuses he said Also speaking to NAN Mrs Violet Ubah an educationist urged schools to focus on the three main domains of learning such as being cognitive effective and psychosocial Ubah said that learning should be combined with character moulding in the interest of the society You can t just focus on the cognitive and allow other areas to suffer We all have to sit up in the interest of our children and their future she said SourceCredit NAN
    NAPTAN seeks compulsory creation of counselling units in schools
     The National Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria NAPTAN has called for compulsory creation of Guidance and Counseling units in schools to tackle moral decadence NAPTAN s Deputy National President Mr Adeolu Ogunbabjo made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria NAN in Lagos on Sunday Ogunbanjo was reacting to the reopening of Chrisland school Lagos which was closed following a recent sex tape involving its pupils during a trip to Dubai It would be recalled that the Lagos State government on Saturday directed the reopening of the school from Monday It is a good development to reopen the school There is need to establish effective guidance and counseling units in schools The units should be made up of qualified people who can handle such tasks Moral upbringing is very crucial in the life of the child he said The NAPTAN official also urged parents to closely monitor their children s activities and relationship with others Ogunbanjo said that mothers had crucial roles to play in the moral upbringing of the child A large percentage of the moral upbringing of the child lies with mothers Mothers should up rise to the occasion We need to fortify parenting in our homes We should not shift our responsibilities or use our jobs as excuses he said Also speaking to NAN Mrs Violet Ubah an educationist urged schools to focus on the three main domains of learning such as being cognitive effective and psychosocial Ubah said that learning should be combined with character moulding in the interest of the society You can t just focus on the cognitive and allow other areas to suffer We all have to sit up in the interest of our children and their future she said SourceCredit NAN
    NAPTAN seeks compulsory creation of counselling units in schools
    General news5 months ago

    NAPTAN seeks compulsory creation of counselling units in schools

    The National Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN) has called for  compulsory creation of Guidance and Counseling units in schools to tackle moral decadence.

    NAPTAN’s Deputy National President, Mr Adeolu Ogunbabjo made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Sunday.

    Ogunbanjo was reacting to the reopening of Chrisland school, Lagos,  which was closed following a recent sex tape involving its pupils during a trip to Dubai.

    It would be recalled that the Lagos State government on Saturday,  directed the reopening of the school from Monday.

    ”It is a good development to reopen the school. There is need to establish effective guidance and counseling units in schools.

    ”The units should be made up of qualified people who can handle such tasks. Moral upbringing is very crucial in the life of the child,” he said.

    The NAPTAN official also urged parents to closely monitor their children’s activities and relationship with others.

    Ogunbanjo said that mothers had crucial roles to play in the moral upbringing of the child.

    ”A large percentage of the moral upbringing of the child lies with  mothers. Mothers should up rise to the occasion.

    ”We need to fortify parenting in our homes. We should not shift our responsibilities or use our jobs as excuses,” he said.

    Also speaking to NAN, Mrs Violet Ubah, an educationist, urged schools to focus on the three main domains of learning such as being  cognitive, effective and psychosocial.

    Ubah said that learning should be combined with character moulding in the interest of the society.

    ”You can’t just focus on the cognitive and allow other areas to suffer. We all have to sit up in the interest of our children and their future,” she said.

    SourceCredit: 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)

     

     

     

     

  •  The National Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria NAPTAN has lauded the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board JAMB for suspending the use of the National Identification Number NIN for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination UTME The Nigeria News Agency reports that the board which had announced that it would commence the sales of its registration forms on Monday Jan 13 to Feb 17 said there was no going back on the use of NIN by prospective candidates The Registrar of the board Prof Is haq Oloyede had at a news conference on Saturday in Abuja sited the difficulty in obtaining the NIN as the major reason for the suspension Oloyede stated that candidates can now register without a NIN for this year s examination noting that the rule would be implemented in 2021 The Deputy National President of NAPTAN Chief Adeolu Ogunbanjo told NAN on Saturday in Lagos that the development was a step in the right direction adding that parents and candidates alike could now heave a sigh of relief On behalf of all Nigerian parents I want to specially thank the JAMB Registrar Prof Is haq Oloyede for listening to and sharing in the pains of our children and parents alike while the struggle to get the NIN lasted It goes to show that he is someone who has the interest of the progress of the nation and that of the Nigerian child at heart He has considered our pains and have done the needful We appreciate this There has been so much confusion in the registration or enrollment process of this NIN This confusion had put alot of parents under severe and undue pressure as it got to the extent of asking the desperate applicants to contribute money to buy fuel for the generating sets that would be used to power the systems being used for the excercise Some of the parents and their children would even go as far as renting hotels close to the registration centres just in a bid to get there early enough for the exercise he said Ogunbanjo noted that government on its part did not do proper appraisal on the kind of rush the new policy will generate adding that inadequate working materials and personnel were part of the major reasons for the difficulties in obtaining the NIN According to him there is the need for government to do the needful by putting the necessary materials on ground in a bid to ensure a seamless process during the 2021 UTME Following the suspension of the compulsory NIN acquisition for the 2020 UTME the NAPTAN boss also urged JAMB to ensure that whatever measure it would deployed in the acquisition of the registration docouments should be stress free NAN reports that since the announcement by JAMB on the use of NIN to acquire its documents prospective candidates had stormed various NIMC offices on a daily basis in a bid to get their registration done Long queues were formed at the entrance of NIN registration centres by candidates as the date for the registration for the examination approached Miss Gift Azuka and Mirabel Francis both prospective candidates told NAN in separate interviews that they were overjoyed and relieved over the decision by the board to suspend the use of NIN as prerequisite for obtaining the registration document I went through severe challenges in trying to get my self enrolled for the NIN The crowd became unimaginable each passing day especially as the date for the commencement of the sales of the UTME drew closer At a point it will seem as if the entire process got to a standstill and there was really nobody to explain to you what was exactly going on It was indeed frustrating but with this news I am overjoyed and my fears have all disappeared Azuka said Francis insisted that there was the need for government to always consider the people each time a new policy such as the just suspended one was about to be introduced Edited by Tayo Ikujuni Tukur Muntari
    2020 UTME: NAPTAN, candidates laud JAMB for suspending use of NIN
     The National Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria NAPTAN has lauded the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board JAMB for suspending the use of the National Identification Number NIN for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination UTME The Nigeria News Agency reports that the board which had announced that it would commence the sales of its registration forms on Monday Jan 13 to Feb 17 said there was no going back on the use of NIN by prospective candidates The Registrar of the board Prof Is haq Oloyede had at a news conference on Saturday in Abuja sited the difficulty in obtaining the NIN as the major reason for the suspension Oloyede stated that candidates can now register without a NIN for this year s examination noting that the rule would be implemented in 2021 The Deputy National President of NAPTAN Chief Adeolu Ogunbanjo told NAN on Saturday in Lagos that the development was a step in the right direction adding that parents and candidates alike could now heave a sigh of relief On behalf of all Nigerian parents I want to specially thank the JAMB Registrar Prof Is haq Oloyede for listening to and sharing in the pains of our children and parents alike while the struggle to get the NIN lasted It goes to show that he is someone who has the interest of the progress of the nation and that of the Nigerian child at heart He has considered our pains and have done the needful We appreciate this There has been so much confusion in the registration or enrollment process of this NIN This confusion had put alot of parents under severe and undue pressure as it got to the extent of asking the desperate applicants to contribute money to buy fuel for the generating sets that would be used to power the systems being used for the excercise Some of the parents and their children would even go as far as renting hotels close to the registration centres just in a bid to get there early enough for the exercise he said Ogunbanjo noted that government on its part did not do proper appraisal on the kind of rush the new policy will generate adding that inadequate working materials and personnel were part of the major reasons for the difficulties in obtaining the NIN According to him there is the need for government to do the needful by putting the necessary materials on ground in a bid to ensure a seamless process during the 2021 UTME Following the suspension of the compulsory NIN acquisition for the 2020 UTME the NAPTAN boss also urged JAMB to ensure that whatever measure it would deployed in the acquisition of the registration docouments should be stress free NAN reports that since the announcement by JAMB on the use of NIN to acquire its documents prospective candidates had stormed various NIMC offices on a daily basis in a bid to get their registration done Long queues were formed at the entrance of NIN registration centres by candidates as the date for the registration for the examination approached Miss Gift Azuka and Mirabel Francis both prospective candidates told NAN in separate interviews that they were overjoyed and relieved over the decision by the board to suspend the use of NIN as prerequisite for obtaining the registration document I went through severe challenges in trying to get my self enrolled for the NIN The crowd became unimaginable each passing day especially as the date for the commencement of the sales of the UTME drew closer At a point it will seem as if the entire process got to a standstill and there was really nobody to explain to you what was exactly going on It was indeed frustrating but with this news I am overjoyed and my fears have all disappeared Azuka said Francis insisted that there was the need for government to always consider the people each time a new policy such as the just suspended one was about to be introduced Edited by Tayo Ikujuni Tukur Muntari
    2020 UTME: NAPTAN, candidates laud JAMB for suspending use of NIN
    Education3 years ago

    2020 UTME: NAPTAN, candidates laud JAMB for suspending use of NIN

    The National Parents/Teachers Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN) has lauded the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for suspending the use of the National Identification Number(NIN) for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that the board which had announced that it would commence the sales of its registration forms on Monday, Jan. 13 to Feb. 17, said there was no going back on the use of NIN by prospective candidates.

    The Registrar of the board, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, had at a news conference on Saturday in Abuja, sited the difficulty in obtaining the NIN as the major reason for the suspension.

    Oloyede stated that candidates can now register without a NIN for this year’s examination, noting that the rule would be implemented in 2021.

    The Deputy National President of NAPTAN, Chief Adeolu Ogunbanjo, told NAN on Saturday in Lagos that the development was a step in the right direction, adding that parents and candidates alike, could now heave a sigh of relief.

    “On behalf of all Nigerian parents, I want to specially thank the JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, for listening to and sharing in the pains of our children and parents alike, while the struggle to get the NIN lasted.

    “It goes to show that he is someone who has the interest of the progress of the nation and that of the Nigerian child at heart.

    “He has considered our pains and have done the needful. We appreciate this. There has been so much confusion in the registration or enrollment process of this NIN.

    “This confusion had put alot of parents under severe and undue pressure as it got to the extent of asking the desperate applicants to contribute money to buy fuel for the generating sets that would be used to power the systems being used for the excercise.

    “Some of the parents and their children would even go as far as renting hotels close to the registration centres just in a bid to get there early enough for the exercise,” he said.

    Ogunbanjo noted that government on its part did not do proper appraisal on the kind of rush the new policy will generate, adding that inadequate working materials and personnel were part of the major reasons for the difficulties in obtaining the NIN.

    According to him, there is the need for government to do the needful by putting the necessary materials on ground in a bid to ensure a seamless process during the 2021 UTME.

    Following the suspension of the compulsory NIN acquisition for the 2020 UTME, the NAPTAN boss also urged JAMB to ensure that whatever measure it would deployed in the acquisition of the registration docouments, should be stress free.

    NAN reports that since the announcement by JAMB on the use of NIN to acquire its documents, prospective candidates had stormed various NIMC offices on a daily basis in a bid to get their registration done.

    Long queues were formed at the entrance of NIN registration centres, by candidates as the date for the registration for the examination approached.

    Miss Gift Azuka and Mirabel Francis, both prospective candidates, told NAN in separate interviews that they were overjoyed and relieved over the decision by the board to suspend the use of NIN as prerequisite for obtaining the registration document.

    “I went through severe challenges in trying to get my self enrolled for the NIN.

    “The crowd became unimaginable each passing day, especially as the date for the commencement of the sales of the UTME drew closer.

    “At a point, it will seem as if the entire process got to a standstill and there was really nobody to explain to you what was exactly going on. It was indeed frustrating but with this news, I am overjoyed and my fears have all disappeared,” Azuka said.

    Francis insisted that there was the need for government to always consider the people each time a new policy such as the just suspended one was about to be introduced.

    Edited by: Tayo Ikujuni/ Tukur Muntari.

  •  Nasarawa State Government on Thursday said it would carry out survey of staff members and facilities in public primary and secondary schools with a view to repositioning the sector Hajia Fatu Sabo the Commissioner for Education Science and Technology in the state stated this during a fact finding dialogue with education stakeholders in Lafia According to the Commissioner Gov Abdullahi Sule had already approved the survey to have a holistic statistics of both manpower and facilities for the purpose of planning for the sector Sabo explained that the survey would concentrate on taking inventory of teachers securities nannies cooks and other cadre staff members in schools She added that the ministry would also take inventory of facilities to know where to do more by providing facilities to create a conducive environment for learning The commissioner noted that from Monday Jan 13 the ministry would embark on massive capacity building of workers to keep everybody abreast of his or her responsibility for the overall development of the sector The capacities of directors principals teachers and other staff members would be built in line with their responsibilities to reposition the sector and make it one of the best in the country the Commissioner added She also explained that as parts of the initiative to strengthen the sector the ministry would embark on massive enrollment drive campaign to ensure that no child is left behind or out We would ensure that all out of school children including the girl child orphans and other vulnerable who are out of school are made to return she added The Commissioner assured the stakeholders that they would always be carried along in the implementation of any policy introduced by the government Umaru Ebeyan Chairman of National Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria NAPTAN in his own contribution said that the free education policy introduced by the previous government was responsible for the falling standard of education in the state He said that the declaration of free education since 2013 had hampered the support parents and other stakeholders were rendering to complement the government efforts at uplifting the standard of education in the state We are the parents of the children so if the government really wants to regain the lost glory of education in the state it should abolish the policy and instead assist us in paying for external examinations for our children the Chairman added The State Chairman of All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools ANCOPSS Ogiri Christopher appealed to government to reintroduce funding of schools He said it was to enable heads of schools to carry out certain urgent responsibility to ensure smooth running of schools He said that a situation where a head of school could not attend to emergency cases concerning the health of teachers and students and provide learning materials would not help the system The ANCOPSS Chairman therefore appealed to the government to urgently beef up security in schools given the increasing rate of insecurity in the country The meeting was attended by directors supervisors NAPTAN representative of private schools among others Edited by Donald Ugwu
    Nasarawa govt. to conduct survey of public schools
     Nasarawa State Government on Thursday said it would carry out survey of staff members and facilities in public primary and secondary schools with a view to repositioning the sector Hajia Fatu Sabo the Commissioner for Education Science and Technology in the state stated this during a fact finding dialogue with education stakeholders in Lafia According to the Commissioner Gov Abdullahi Sule had already approved the survey to have a holistic statistics of both manpower and facilities for the purpose of planning for the sector Sabo explained that the survey would concentrate on taking inventory of teachers securities nannies cooks and other cadre staff members in schools She added that the ministry would also take inventory of facilities to know where to do more by providing facilities to create a conducive environment for learning The commissioner noted that from Monday Jan 13 the ministry would embark on massive capacity building of workers to keep everybody abreast of his or her responsibility for the overall development of the sector The capacities of directors principals teachers and other staff members would be built in line with their responsibilities to reposition the sector and make it one of the best in the country the Commissioner added She also explained that as parts of the initiative to strengthen the sector the ministry would embark on massive enrollment drive campaign to ensure that no child is left behind or out We would ensure that all out of school children including the girl child orphans and other vulnerable who are out of school are made to return she added The Commissioner assured the stakeholders that they would always be carried along in the implementation of any policy introduced by the government Umaru Ebeyan Chairman of National Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria NAPTAN in his own contribution said that the free education policy introduced by the previous government was responsible for the falling standard of education in the state He said that the declaration of free education since 2013 had hampered the support parents and other stakeholders were rendering to complement the government efforts at uplifting the standard of education in the state We are the parents of the children so if the government really wants to regain the lost glory of education in the state it should abolish the policy and instead assist us in paying for external examinations for our children the Chairman added The State Chairman of All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools ANCOPSS Ogiri Christopher appealed to government to reintroduce funding of schools He said it was to enable heads of schools to carry out certain urgent responsibility to ensure smooth running of schools He said that a situation where a head of school could not attend to emergency cases concerning the health of teachers and students and provide learning materials would not help the system The ANCOPSS Chairman therefore appealed to the government to urgently beef up security in schools given the increasing rate of insecurity in the country The meeting was attended by directors supervisors NAPTAN representative of private schools among others Edited by Donald Ugwu
    Nasarawa govt. to conduct survey of public schools
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    Nasarawa govt. to conduct survey of public schools

    Nasarawa State Government on Thursday said it would carry out survey of staff members and facilities in public primary and secondary schools with a view to repositioning the sector.

    Hajia Fatu Sabo, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology in the state, stated this during a fact-finding dialogue with education stakeholders in Lafia.

    According to the Commissioner, Gov. Abdullahi Sule had already approved the survey to have a holistic statistics of both manpower and facilities for the purpose of planning for the sector.

    Sabo explained that the survey would concentrate on taking inventory of teachers, securities, nannies, cooks and other cadre staff members in schools.

    She added that the ministry would also take inventory of facilities to know where to do more by providing facilities to create a conducive environment for learning.

    The commissioner noted that from Monday, Jan. 13, the ministry would embark on massive capacity building of workers to keep everybody abreast of his or her responsibility for the overall development of the sector.

    “The capacities of directors, principals, teachers and other staff members would be built in line with their responsibilities to reposition the sector and make it one of the best in the country,” the Commissioner added.

    She also explained that as parts of the initiative to strengthen the sector, the ministry would embark on massive enrollment drive campaign to ensure that ‘no child is left behind or out’.

    “We would ensure that all out-of-school children including the girl-child, orphans and other vulnerable who are out of school are made to return,” she added.

    The Commissioner assured the stakeholders that they would always be carried along in the implementation of any policy introduced by the government.

    Umaru Ebeyan, Chairman of National Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN), in his own contribution, said that the free education policy introduced by the previous government was responsible for the falling standard of education in the state.

    He said that the declaration of free education since 2013 had hampered the support parents and other stakeholders were rendering to complement the government efforts at uplifting the standard of education in the state.

    “We are the parents of the children, so, if the government really wants to regain the lost glory of education in the state it should abolish the policy and, instead, assist us in paying for external examinations for our children,” the Chairman added.

    The State Chairman of All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools, (ANCOPSS) Ogiri Christopher, appealed to government to reintroduce funding of schools.

    He said it was to enable heads of schools to carry out certain urgent responsibility to ensure smooth running of schools.

    He said that a situation where a head of school could not attend to emergency cases concerning the health of teachers and students and provide learning materials would not help the system.

    The ANCOPSS Chairman, therefore, appealed to the government to urgently beef up security in schools given the increasing rate of insecurity in the country.

    The meeting was attended by directors, supervisors, NAPTAN, representative of private schools, among others.

    Edited by: Donald Ugwu