The Oyo State Government has approved the appointment of a member of the Nigeria Union of Teachers who would serve on the board of Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board.Adeniran, who was speaking while playing host to members of the state Executive Council of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) led by the Chairman of the union, Comrade Samson Adedoyin, also assured teachers that Governor Seyi Makinde’s administration is ensuring they receive their reward here on earth and not only in heaven. The new appointee, Comrade Oladimeji Raji who has served in the Oyo State teaching service for 30 years is the current Treasurer of the Nigeria Union of Teachers. Comrade Raji, according to the Executive Chairman, has been committed to the welfare of teachers and serves at Progressive Day School II, Aladorin, Ibadan. Dr. Nureni Adeniran disclosed that Oyo State Government intends to carry teachers in the state along in the scheme of things at the Board especially in the execution of educational policies and programmes of the state government, through the appointment of one of them. Adeniran said the appointment is borne out of the present administration’s commitment to the welfare of teachers, assuring teachers in the state that SUBEB, under his watch, would not stop being teachers’ friendly. He added that teachers’ interests would not be compromised at all, even as he said that they know the best way to address their problems since some of them were once teachers. The SUBEB Chair listed some of the ways Governor Seyi Makinde’s administration has motivated teachers for higher productivity to include prompt payment of salaries and allowance to primary school teachers in the state. Dr. Nureni however appealed to members of NUT to collaborate with the Board, urging the NUT leadership to do its utmost best to sensitize its members on the efforts of the State Government on their course. He said the board will not hesitate to discipline erring teachers who refuse to adhere to the rules of service, adding that, the present administration is working on modalities to recruit new teachers in the Basic Education sector. Dr. Adeniran however assured the leadership of NUT that the Board has listed some of the challenges facing teachers in the state, and would immediately swing into action. Earlier, NUT Chairman, Comrade Samson Adedoyin, had praised the State Government for its commitment to the welfare of teachers, even as he called on the State Government to look into other areas where teachers need its intervention.
The Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) has begun training for language teachers and facilitators of non-formal education centers across the state. This, the government revealed that it is in partial compliance with the execution of the Best Delivery of Educational Services for All (BESDA) in the State. The Executive Chairman of the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Adeniran, stated that the program was facilitated in conjunction with the World Bank and the Universal Basic Education Commission to ensure that the facilitators are well trained. for the task ahead. He said this at Lagelu Secondary School, Ibadan, during the banner of the training that is taking place in different centers with participants from twenty-one local government areas selected for the BESDA program in Oyo state. Adeniran explained that the training was also intended to prepare facilitators for the necessary lessons, the observation checklist, stimulate students' interest in the topics, cultivate thinking skills and mastery of the content and lesson plans. . According to Adeniran, the training will also bring sanity to the learning process by improving teaching methods and eradicating children who do not attend school from the streets in Oyo state. Dr. Adeniran further revealed that the program is aimed at school-age children, who do not have access to schools or drop out of public schools. He said the program also targets children in Islamic schools, adding that the training is intended to transform, literate and empower them with basic skills in its centers. He said: "This exercise is crucial for the basic education sector of Oyo state and is being carried out in all 21 local government areas of the state." “We hope that this will certainly allow our non-formal facilitators to gain insight into the new teaching methods that apply to BESDA. This will also take the educational system to greater heights in our beloved State, ”he said. He praised Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde for prioritizing the education sector, adding that his immense support has given the Board an advantage in the fight against unschooled children littering the streets.
Lagos State has emerged winner of the 2020 President’s Inter-SUBEB debate Nigeria (PSDN) championship.
The competition, which held in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, focused on Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary.
Lagos State defeated Ebonyi on 4-1 scores in the final debate, with Elizabeth Adeleye from Lagos state emerging best speaker with a N200,000 prize given to the school.
Speaking during the closing ceremony, the Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, commended the organisers for the gesture.
Tallen, who was represented by Mr Olusa Dada, the Director Special Duties, Ministry Women Affairs, noted that education was the backbone of national development.
She emphasised the need to ensure participation of women, girls and other vulnerable groups in the society.
“My Ministry is not only to serve as a national vehicle that will bring about speedy and healthy development of Nigerian women, children and other vulnerable groups.
“It is also to ensure survival, development and participation in preparation for meaningful adult life and protection for the aged,” she said.
Tallen called on Nigerians, particularly parents, to make it as a matter of duty, encourage participation of their girl child in acquiring education.
She added that this would help bring about a healthy family, thereby producing a civilised society that would bring about prosperity, economic, political and socio-cultural development.
The National Coordinator, President’s Schools Debate of Nigeria, Mr Dare Oritu, said the championship would help in selection of teams that would participate at international debate competitions in future.
He listed such competitions as international debates in Qatar, Scotland, South Korea, South Africa, Turkey,
Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and India, among others
He said the occasion have some eminent personalities who are to be honoured because of their spectacular achievements in the educational sector at the state level.
“These are distinguished executive chairmen of SUBEB who have ensured that the basic education programme of the federal
government is delivered to the citizenry in their respective states.”
The awardees are Dr Abubakar Tahiru Usman, Executive Chairman, Bauchi State Universal Basic Education Board; Dr Isah Adamu, Executive Chairman of Niger State Universal Basic Education Board; and High Chief H. E Ipkor, Chairman, Ebonyi State Universal Basic Education Board.
Othets are the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr Nureni Adeniran, and Abubakar Maradun from Zamfara.
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The Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) has trained 2, 454 head teachers to build capacity at primary school level ahead of the reopening of schools, the Chairman of the board, Dr Nureni Adeniran has said.
A statement issued on Friday in Ibadan by Mr Michael Ogunsina a media officer of the board quotes Adeniran as saying the capacity training organised was to complement Oyo State Government’s efforts in containing the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
“This was in view of the World Health Organisation’s submission that COVID-19 might be with us for a while.
“The board in collaboration with Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has begun capacity building of all teachers at Primary school level as directed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
”The State Government had earlier organised and funded training of school administrators on COVID-19 preventive measures for both primary and secondary school teachers.
”The government’s zeal was to prepare head teachers for a safe and hitch-free re-opening of schools and provision of learning facilities while it takes into consideration the health, safety, environmental protection and security of learners, teachers, education personnel and families.
“I urged facilitators at the training to follow stipulated measures, actions and recommendations put in place by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Oyo State Emergency Operation Centre,” he said.
Adeniran thanked UBEC for its collaborations and support to the state government.
He said that the six major topics in the training, facilitated by Oyo State Emergency Operation Centre, focused on managing schools and ensuring safety in the post-COVID lockdown, the concept and practice of social distancing and its implications.
Adeniran said that others were promoting personal, environmental hygiene and cough etiquette as safeguard against COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases as well as the use of face-mask.
“The training also dealt with the psychological effects of pandemic and lockdown on learners and how to help them to overcome the trauma and adjust to the realities of the disease.
“And also, identifying and responding to learners showing signs of illness,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports said that the training session which was held across all educational zones in the state, was from Sept. 8 to Sept. 10.
It reports that the training was attended by representatives of UBEC, Nigeria Union of Teachers and Association of Primary School Head teachers of Nigeria.
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The Oyo State Government has expressed readiness to reintroduce Boys’ Scout Club to public primary schools across the state to promote character moulding and sound learning for pupils.
This was made known in a statement signed by Michael Ogunsina for Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Media Team.
The statement said that Dr Nureni Adeniran, Executive Chairman, Oyo SUBEB, said this in Ibadan during an advocacy visit by the State Commissioner of Boys’ Scouts.
Adeniran stated that when reintroduced, Boys’ Scouts would give pupils the opportunity to get first-hand insights on preparedness toward life.
He said it would complement the state government’s efforts in moulding and modelling pupils, adding that this would attest to Gov. Seyi Makinde’s absolute commitment to improve the basic education sector.
The SUBEB boss said when reintroduced, the club would be an improved adaptation of the moribund one, noting that the club would make pupils more responsible toward their academics and extracurricular activities.
“We don’t mind reintroducing the Boys’ Scout club into our public schools’ system, because we realise that this will complement Gov. Makinde’s quality education policy,” he said.
He said the doors of the state government were open to suggestions and ideas, from clubs such as Boys’ Scouts that would further better the education system in Oyo state.
According to him, the present government is doing so much to improve pupils’ reading culture and inculcate morals in them.
“The state government is also presently seeking more ways of improving the character and morale of our pupils.
“So, reintroducing Boys’ Scouts is a very brilliant idea,” he said.
In his remarks, Mr Adetunji Adepeju, the State Commissioner, Boys’ Scouts, affirmed that the club had been approved by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
He noted that the club, established by Baden-Powell, taught members to be prepared.
“Therefore, the club would teach pupils how to be prepared for learning, adding that the club will also teach them to be prepared for the future,” Adepeju said.
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A lecturer in the University of Ibadan, Dr Akin Salami, has composed a song, MATMUSIC Project, to simplify the teaching and learning of mathematics and eliminate the dread many pupils have for the subject.
At a public presentation of the song on Friday in Ibadan, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, the Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, who commended Salami, said that innovative tools must be adopted to enhance learning.
A statement issued by the university said that the Vice Chancellor challenged other researchers to discover new ways of enhancing learning by making learning interesting for positive learning outcomes
“He (Dr Skin Salami) has come up with this innovative way to teach mathematics through music and I believe there are other possibilities to teach medicine through music just to make learning interesting.
“For the learners with the efforts the doctor, instructor or lecturer is putting into such initiative, it will make learning much more possible,” Olayinka said.
In his remarks at the event, Dr Akin Salami of the Early Child Education Department of the institution.
said that the idea of MATMUSIC project was a product of his teaching experience at the University Staff school where he taught mathematics.
He said that that the realisation that the students loved the course when he introduced music in passing across the formula and solution was what motivated MATMUSIC project.
According to him, together with the pupils, the song was composed and produced to ease the understanding and solving mathematical problems in elementary primary schools.
He said that 20 schools in Oyo state would be given 10 free audio and video CDs of the MATMusic and another 300 would be given to students who attended the public presentation event free of charge.
Dr Kemi Adeosun, the representative of the Oyo SUBEB Chairman, Dr Nureni Adeniran, lauded the innovative project and promised that the state would partner with the University of Ibadan.
“We will ensure that the CDs get to the pupils at the grassroots to neutralise the fears of pupils in learning mathematics.
“We so much appreciate this notable project because mathematics is a very important subject and as we all know that the major objective of Universal Basic Education (UBE) is to inculcate in Children, Literacy numeracy, life skills and values that will help them in lifelong education.
“This method will really help the teachers and the learners to develop the capacity to understand mathematics better, and be able to learn it in a fun way.
“It will also make it easier and the achievement of the UBE will be easier. We are going to put in all our efforts in making sure that this project reaches the grassroots.
“As long as we are able to raise funds, we’d be able to procure some of these items for the use in our public primary schools,” he said.
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The Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) on Friday threatened to terminate all uncompleted and unexecuted contracts, three years after they were awarded.
Oyo SUBEB’s Executive Chairman, Dr Nureni Adeniran, said this in a statement issued by the Board’s Spokesman, Michael Ogunsina, in Ibadan.
Adeniran said that the Board was contemplating legal action against contractors handling long overdue projects, who had either abandoned them or failed to execute same to a level commensurate with the funds they had received.
The chairman said that some contractors had failed to justify the contracts awarded to them by the past administration in the state, while some of them had abandoned such projects.
Adeniran’s position as the executive chairman of the Board had enabled him to uncover how contractors had ripped-off the state government with shoddy jobs, after collecting huge sums for the projects.
He said that the Board would, as a matter of duty, recruit security guards to secure public primary schools in the state soon.
The SUBEB chairman stated that this would help to prevent intrusion, invasion and vandalism of public primary schools property in Oyo State.
Adeniran said that the 2019 Intervention Project would allow the rebuilding of some public primary schools’ perimeter fences.
He remarked that the board had a good synergy with all the relevant security agencies that would assist in securing the public primary schools in the state.
According to the SUBEB chairman, the contract for four model schools, awarded this year, has been completed, while the fifth is nearing completion.
Adeniran said that the education stakeholders in Oyo State were committed to revamping the sector, including the fixing of problem of inadequate infrastructure.
“The Education family, which includes the Commissioner for Education, the Teaching Service Commission, the Oyo SUBEB Chairman and other relevant stakeholders in the state’s education sector, are developing a holistic and comprehensive approach to resolve the problem of inadequate infrastructure in public schools.
“On the issue of gratuity, what the Gov. Seyi Makinde-led government has paid in just over one year is more than what the past administration has paid in eight years.
“The Board is ready to assist the Ministry of Education in monitoring the common entrance examinations for primary six pupils, to be conducted by the ministry.
“The common entrance examinations had to be postponed because of the ongoing WAEC examinations in schools that are centres for the conduct of the examinations,” he said.
Adeniran disclosed that the management of the board had been divided into five teams, to cover the five zones, for effective monitoring and management of the common entrance examinations in the state.
“The Board will still recruit more teachers to fill the vacant positions in the state,” he noted.
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A statement issued in Ibadan on Friday by a member of the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (Oyo SUBEB) media team, Mr Michael Ogunshina, said that the decision followed the success of the basic education in Oyo State, particularly the creative and innovative ways BESDA had been operating in the state.
Receiving the visitors from Ogun, Adeniran enjoined the team to ensure they create a cordial working relationship with other relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies in Ogun to achieve the aim of taking children off the streets, just as it is being done in Oyo State.
“With the transparency of the board, public schools have witnessed transformation; BESDA was established to cater for out-of-school children in the state, while we provide instructional materials and training of teachers and non-teaching workers.
“We have had a cordial working relationship with all relevant stakeholders in the implementation of BESDA,” Adeniran said.
Adeniran further expressed the Board’s readiness to guide Ogun SUBEB in the right path, by providing essential details on how to achieve Better Education Service Delivery for All in the neighbouring state.
He further revealed that Oyo State’s approach in the leadership of Mr Seyi Makinde was delivering free basic education to all children, and making it qualitative and exciting for them.
Adeniran said that on the list of decisions of the board is to instill the “Omoluabi” (integrity) ethos of the Yoruba culture in each child to preserve the identity and values of the Yoruba culture.
Speaking earlier, Dr Remi Balogun, the Director, Planning Research and Statistics, Ogun SUBEB, thanked Dr Nureni Adeniran for the privilege given to understudy the success of OYO SUBEB in the area of Better Education Service Delivery.
In another development, Mr Kunle Yusuff the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Oyo State on Sustainable Development Goals, has pledged to collaborate with OYO SUBEB on providing quality Education for public pupils in Oyo State.
He said this while presenting Students’ Edition of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development which would be distributed at no cost to pupils in Primary 4, Primary 5 and Primary 6.
According to him, the texts will be part of their curriculum and learning materials for social studies and basic science.
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The Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), says it will partner a United States based organisation, Windsor Educational Services, to enhance access to quality education.
Dr Nureni Adeniran, the Chairman of the Board, stated this at the investiture of the Basic Education Mitigation and Recovery Strategy programme, on Thursday in Ibadan.
Adeniran noted that Gov. Seyi Makinde has accorded priority to educational development and allocated 22.37 per cent of the 2020 budget to the sector.
“This is the first time in the history of Oyo state that such will be given to the sector,” he said.
Also speaking, Mrs Toyin Awoderu, Chief Transformative Officer of the organisation, commended the feat achieved by the state government in the education sector.
Awoderu said that much has been achieved in basic education in the state through free education initiative.
“There are achievements in infrastructure development, renovation and completion of abandoned projects as well as giving the sector a human face.”
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The Oyo State Government has said that it is ready to present students in the state for the West African Examination Council (WAEC) as well as other external examinations, as the world prepares for post-COVID-19 realities.
This is contained in a statement in Ibadan by
Dr Nureni Adeniran, the Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) said this in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, on Monday.
Adeniran in a statement stated this while leading members of the board and the management of SUBEB on an official inspection to Islamic Mission Schools I & II, Bode and UMC Demonstration Basic Schools I, II & III, Molete, Ibadan.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the visit was to warn owners of shanties and illegal structures around the schools’ environments to desist from their unhygienic acts.
Adeniran said judging from the readiness of the State through the preparation of students in all terminal classes, students in the State would face any external examinations.
“Oyo State is on top of the situation, we are preparing our students and pupils in the terminal classes for all examinations.
“You also know that SUBEB has been organising classes for all categories of pupils and students through the television stations since the pandemic broke out, it shows our readiness,” he said.
Adeniran said that the State Government would not condone any form of illegality in the education sector, especially, in the primary schools across the State.
“We will not allow the erection of shanties, kiosks and illegal structures around our school premises; we are not going to condone such illegality, allowing such will have negative impacts on the psyche and the performances of our pupils.
“We have come to warn them and give them an ultimatum for evacuation of their structures today unfailingly. However, we shall come back and demolish the structures if they fail to remove them,” he said.
The Chairman added that the State Government was not after the destruction of property and businesses of the people, but rather, to bring about sanity.
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