A group, known as Star Children Development Initiative in UK says it will partner with the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (Oyo SUBEB) to facilitate children with disabilities education.
Dr Nureni Adeniran, the Executive Chairman of the board in Ibadan, made this known in a statement on Friday.
Adeniran said that the group presented a working document with focus on the inclusive rights of the Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) to quality education, especially children.
The leader of the team, Mrs Grace Alexander, represented by Mrs Fadesola Adelani, said that there was an urgent need for government and society to come up with a working document to proffer necessary solutions to the problems confronting people with disabilities.
According to her, people with disabilities are in need of quality education.
She called on the government to do more in providing equal opportunities to all, no matter their physical conditions, in attaining academic excellence, especially in the period of the ravaging Covid-19 pandemic and after.
“The time has come for us to collaborate in bringing good and quality to the people with disabilities, like it is done to those without disabilities.
“They have equal rights and privileges to achieve the same and it is a thing of joy that the Oyo state government, through SUBEB, has been doing all it can to achieve this great task.
“We salute the courage and sense of duty of the present administration in Oyo State to educate the children, especially those that are vulnerable; we believe this collaboration will further promote this agenda,” she said.
In his response, Adeniran appreciated the gesture of the group toward promoting the education of the less-privileged, especially those with disabilities.
He said the Oyo state government had worked toward giving equal opportunities to children seeking qualitative education.
The SUBEB boss pointed to the present design of school buildings presently embarked upon by the board, which he said favoured the children with disabilities.
“Your concerns are what we share as well in the state, if you visit most of the new buildings that SUBEB is currently supervising their construction, you would see that we give credence to those children with disabilities.
“We want to show our appreciation to you and the body while we assure you of our readiness to collaborate with different bodies to promote education in the State,” he said.
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Ahead of the June 29 resumption of its schools, the Oyo State Government has commenced training of teachers in all local governments.
This was contained in a statement issued on Monday in Ibadan by Olamide Adeniji, Press Officer to Dr Nureni Adeniran, the Executive Chairman of Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training initiative under the Universal Basic Education Authority will focus on the basic procedures for handling COVID-19 in schools.
NAN also reports that the resumption is for Primary Six, Junior Secondary Secondary Three and Senior Secondary School Three pupils and students.
The statement quoted Adeniran as saying that the training on reopening of schools was part of the state government’s pre-opening mandate.
He added that the training was targeted at getting participants’ preparedness ahead of any possible identification of a COVID-19 case.
“The workshop is expected to equip participants with the necessary knowledge on COVID-19 and how to manage it during these trying times among pupils.
“Let me add that the workshop has representatives from each zone in the state and it is aimed at ensuring the safety of children and teachers in the state,” Adeniran said.
Adeniran said asking only Primary Six pupils to return to school was strategic, adding that each school was spacious enough to accomodate them.
He, however, stated that Oyo SUBEB would look into constituting an Advisory Board to complement the efforts of the state government in combating COVID-19.
“While every school has been mandated to adhere to all precautionary measures during this period to contain the spread of the virus in schools, the Oyo State Government has deployed trainers who would train teachers.
“These trained teachers would in turn train their colleagues on precautionary measures and how to manage each pupil after the long stay at home,” Adeniran said.
He also said that the board had distributed facemasks to all non-teaching and teaching staff across all Local Government Universal Basic Education Authority in the state.
Adeniran said this was part of the board’s precautionary measures taken to prepare every member of staff for the task ahead.
He added that each school would provide wash hand basins and alcohol-based hand sanitisers.
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Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo state has charged children to be good ambassadors of both the state and their families, by shunning evil vices capable of compromising their future.
Makinde gave the charge while felicitating with the children on the occasion of the 2020 Children’s Day celebration.
He said this in a statement by the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr Nureni Adeniran and issued on Wednesday in Ibadan.
”As the world celebrate you today, I want you all to be good ambassadors of the state and your parents.
”I also urged you to shun evil vices and be of good behaviour so that you can have a brighter future.
“I felicitate with the children of Oyo State and children all over the world on this auspicious occasion of the Children’s Day celebration.
“Children’s Day is an event celebrated in many places across the world. The day is simply set to honour children and minors,” Makinde said.
He regretted that the present reality caused by the novel Coronavirus outbreak, had impeded any funfair the State Government may have planned for the children.
“We sincerely love you, but in the face of the present situation of the Coronavirus in the country, it is impossible to gather for celebrations,”
“As we pray for God’s protection, may we all live to witness and celebrate the 2021 Children’s Day and beyond, in good health, peace and progress in every area of our lives,” he prayed.
He reassured children of the State Government’s commitment to fulfilling its promise of a better and prosperous future, through free and quality education.
The governor however opined that the task of training up a child should not be left to the government alone.
He therefore called on parents to play significant roles in shaping the future of their children and wards.
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The Oyo State Government has issued a seven-day ultimatum to occupants of illegal structures and shanties adjoined to UMC Demonstration School, Molete, Ibadan, to vacate the premises.
Dr Nureni Adeniran, the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), disclosed this in a release made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Ibadan.
Adeniran, who visited the school’s premises on Tuesday, urged occupants to immediately vacate the entire area within the stipulated period.
“This school belongs to the Oyo State government and it has an approved plan.
” This government would not tolerate any form of impunity because these adjoined structures were never part of the plan.
“The Oyo State Government under the leadership of Gov. Seyi Makinde is determined to ensure strict compliance with the masterplan for our schools.
“This is aimed at ensuring the development of a clean and safe environment for our pupils,” he said.
The governor also said the board would soon embark on a clean-up exercise in the area and a clampdown on any recalcitrant occupant.
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The Oyo State government, on Sunday, said it had received support for the state radio educational programme from a physically-challenged man, Olajide Jonathan, to boost students’ participation.
Dr Nureni Adeniran, the Executive Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), said this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan.
Adeniran said during the weekend, Jonathan, who, he described as ‘a man with a special need’, supported the ongoing government’s ‘learning-on-air’ broadcast for primary school pupils with some customised bags.
He said the gesture was to encourage pupils in the state to pay rapt attention to the radio broadcast put together by the board.
Adeniran quoted the donor, a resident of Ifo in Ogun, as commending the state government for taking learning to the doorsteps of the pupils in the state.
He, however, urged the government to take into cognisance pupils with special needs during this stay-at-home period.
Jonathan, who expressed his desire to meet the SUBEB chairman soon, said that his support for the basic education sector was borne out of pure love for the Gov. Seyi Makinde-led administration.
Receiving the gifts, Adeniran said that they were testimonies to the wide reach of the broadcast, adding that they would go a long way in encouraging basic school pupils in the state.
He noted that though the board initiated the idea of gifts about two weeks ago, with cash prizes for the winners, complementing such with beautifully-customised bags would be an added advantage for the winners.
Adeniran said: “As far as we are concerned, this is an immense contribution, coming from Mr Olajide Jonathan.
“We didn’t expect that someone who neither resides in the state nor comes from the state would pick this kind of keen interest in our on-air programme for pupils during this stay-at-home period.”
The SUBEB chairman also commended the sacrifice and efforts of Jonathan, who, he said, decided to leave other commitments to give to the state and its pupils such valuable gifts.
Adeniran, however, urged the pupils and their parents to abide by precautionary safety as prescribed by the State COVID-19 Task Force and the health professionals so that the spread of coronavirus could be halted.
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The Oyo State Government, on Tuesday, arrested eight persons for establishing a block making industry illegally on the land belonging to the Community Basic School Ologuneru area of the state.
Dr Nureni Adeniran, the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), said the eight persons would be brought to justice in a statement to newsmen in Ibadan.
According to him, the arrest is in line with the state’s zero-tolerance for unlawful occupation and operation on the premises of the state public schools.
Adeniran and his team were monitoring the completed model school situated at Agbopa-Akufo farm settlement in Ido Local Government, under the FGN- intervention project.
He said he was displeased with the activities of the block makers in the school premises.
“We made the arrest following the enforcement and monitoring exercises conducted by the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board.
”The arrest is aimed at protecting public school facilities and infrastructure in this COVID-19 stay-at-home period for pupils,” he said.
The executive chairman said the invasion constituted security risks to the school, adding that classrooms, toilets and boreholes erected in the school had been destroyed by the owners of the block making industry.
“In fact, they have turned one of our classrooms into a bedroom with their personal belongings scattered around the school.
”In some locations, these illegal operators and invaders have taken over some of our public schools, despite the fact that these schools are fenced round.
“They forcefully break in, destroy government properties and create nuisance on government schools across the state,” he said.
Adeniran said that the eight illegal business operators arrested would be taken to court and prosecuted according to the law.
He said it would serve as a deterrent to others perpetrating such acts.
According to him, a section of the premises is used for moulding blocks and another section for arranging the blocks.
Adeniran said that they started using the school land since the novel coronavirus started ravaging the state.
He said the Oyo State Government under the leadership of Gov. Seyi Makinde, had zero tolerance for this kind of lawlessness and impunity.
Adeniran said the monitoring exercise was expected to continue in other parts of the state in the coming weeks until resumption of schools.
He called on individuals to desist from disrespecting government; forcefully gaining entrance into public schools for business purposes, warning that anyone caught, would face the wrath of the law.
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The Oyo State Government on Monday said its commitment to development and building of school facilities, had led to the increase in the enrollment of children in public Basic and Primary schools.
Dr Nureni Adeniran, the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (Oyo SUBEB), disclosed in a Statement after visiting two newly completed Model Schools in Ibadan.
The Model schools were under the State’s 2014 Federal Government-Universal Basic Education Commission/OYO SUBEB Intervention projects.
They were located in Baptist Primary School, Isale Oyo, Atiba Local Government Universal Basic Education Area and Immanuel College Primary School, Samonda, Ibadan.
The Oyo SUBEB Chairman said that in spite of the stay-at-home, Oyo government ensured that work did not stop on the model schools.
He said that the buildings would ease access to quality education in the State, at the end of the novel coronavirus.
Adeniran said that the board members were carrying out periodic inspections on schools in the State, in spite of its challenge.
He said that the visit was to ensure that the work was progressing this period and that quality jobs were done at the schools.
Adeniran said that he was satisfied with the two schools visited in Oyo town and Ibadan, adding that the buildings were ready for use as soon as pupils resume.
He commended Gov. Seyi Makinde for putting things in place to safeguard the future of pupils in the State’s public primary schools.
The Chairman said that parents and pupils should take advantage of the ongoing ‘Learning-on-air’ which would avail them the opportunity to learn within the comfort of their homes.
He added that the programme was to encourage pupils to learn while the stay-at-home lasts, noting that it would also boost their intelligence quotient.
“This is a clarion call to parents, whose children are yet to join the moving train, to please emulate those who have started with us.
“Parents are to mandate their children to learn on radio while they help with house chores during this period,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Oyo SUBEB launched a ‘learning on air’ programme on radio.
The educational programme tagged “Oyo SUBEB Learning-on-air” is simultaneously cast on the State’s broadcasting stations, at Ibadan, Ogbomosho and Oke-Ogun, adding that it is on air from Monday to Saturday.
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Some educationists in Ibadan on Friday said only few students will benefit from online educational engagements being carried out in some parts of the country due to the lockdown.
The experts told the News Agency of Nigeria that many students would not benefit from the online educational initiatives due to lack of infrastructure.
Mr Kayode Adeyemi, the President of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) in Oyo State, said power supply critical to the success of the online engagement as well as monitoring of the students to ensure they follow through with the programme were lacking.
Adeyemi said though the government and some private school operators had engaged students with online educational programmes, the impact would continue to be minimal due to the current challenges in the country.
“In terms of quality, even if you do online engagement, it cannot be as effective as being in the classroom or having teachers whom the students are familiar with and who have authority to teach them.
“Even at the online engagement level, we still have students who can’t login due to lack of data, some have flat batteries while some parents would claim they are not aware of the arrangement.
“Some schools that are very passionate in getting things done, however, go the extra mile to call parents to make sure that they have data,” he said.
According to Adeyemi, money to recharge data is also a challenge as many homes are managing their finances at this period.
“The priority of an average household now is on how to feed the family and survive the lockdown, not really to expend money on data or fuel to power television or radio.
“Some students will be given assignments online only for them to call back and say they didn’t see it clearly, some of them will not even respond or they would complain of network issue.
“That is the platform we say we want to migrate to because of lockdown. This alternative can only work for about 45 per cent of students who are serious minded and have the means,” he said.
Also speaking, Prof. Adams Onuka, an Education Evaluation Expert at the University of Ibadan, described the development as ‘ fire brigade approach’ due to lack of infrastructure to make it effective.
He noted that those in the rural areas would be left out as only the elites would benefit the most from the engagement.
The don said: “This is something that should be systematically planned and executed.
“The engagement is not taking into cognisance those whose means of livelihood had been affected and those in the rural areas who don’t have access to electricity supply.
“Though, it is a laudable idea but it is being done at a wrong time because we are not prepared for it and the people are not equipped for it as there is no provision for it to be successful.
“Most of the government’s resources now are spent on health care, There is no structure on ground to execute this, even radio that is not costly, some people might not have access to it in the villages.
” What infrastructure do we have in place for its success?”
He, however, enjoined the government to use the occasion of COVID-19 pandemic to overhaul critical sectors such as health, education and infrastructure.
“We just have to look at the fundamentals, I think COVID-19 has provided us with the opportunity to overhaul critical sectors.It will help our economy to grow and depend less on the western world for survival,” Onuka said.
NAN reports that since schools were closed in Oyo State, many private schools have engaged students on social media platforms while the government is sponsoring educational programmes on television tagged “School-on-Air.”
Dr Nureni Adeniran, the Executive Chairman of Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, also announced that the state would commence teaching of English language and Mathematics to pupils on government-owned radio stations across the state on Monday.
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The Oyo State Government says it is set to start airing of lessons in English Language and Mathematics for primary school pupils on radio across the State.
Dr Nureni Adeniran, the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, (SUBEB), said this was in fulfilment of the government’s promise to reduce the negative impact of schools’ closure as a result of the COVID-19 on pupils.
Adeniran said these in a statement in Ibadan on Friday, signed by Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, Commissioner for Information.
He said that there would be a broadcast of the interactive radio instruction initiative tagged ‘OyoSUBEB Learning-on-air’ on Oluyole 98.5 f.m, while a simulcast would be aired on Oke-Ogun 96.3 f.m and Ajilete 92.1 f.m.
According to him, the programme, which covers Basic 1 to 6, is part of the strategic efforts of Gov. Seyi Makinde’s administration to keep pupils busy in the sit-at-home period.
“The programme is designed to start with the teaching of English language and Mathematics, while we may include other subjects subsequently.
“The programme would be on air from Monday, April 20, 2020 and would run daily except on Sundays,” he said.
According to the Board schedule, the lessons will be on air twice daily from Monday to Saturday:
on Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m and 4.05 p.m, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. and 4.30 p.m.
Adeniran said that on Fridays, the programme would be broadcast at 10 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., while on Saturdays pupils would enjoy the highly interactive programme at 12 noon and 5:00 p.m.
He urged parents and guardians to ensure that their children and wards pay rapt attention to the educational programme and participate actively in the learning process.
Recall that the Oyo state government shut schools in the state to curb the spread of COVID-19.
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The Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) says it will collaborate with operators in the state’s health sector to ensure adequate precautionary measures to check outbreak of the coronavirus in public primary schools.
Dr Nureni Adeniran, the Executive Chairman of the board, stated this at a meeting with the Commissioner for Health, Dr Bashir Bello, in Ibadan on Tuesday.
Olamide Adeniji, a spokesperson for the board, quoted Adeniran in a statement as saying that the board recognises that pupils in primary schools were vulnerable.
“We pray the virus will not spread to Oyo State, however, we will also work assiduously to ensure these children and their parents are properly sensitised on the need to maintain proper hygiene,’’ he said.
The board’s chairman, according to the statement, also called for increased awareness among parents and pupils on the need to prevent the spread of the virus.
Also speaking, Bello promised to work with the board to ensure precautionary methods such as the use of wash-hand basins in classes were deployed.
He also called on schools to immediately report any child with symptoms like fever, cough and catarrh to any government health facility.
In another development, the board also promised to intensify awareness campaign among primary schools teachers on the need to access the health insurance scheme.
Adeniran stated this when he received the Executive Secretary, Oyo State Health Insurance Agency, Dr Sola Akande, in his office.
Akande, while responding, noted that the scheme had gained sufficient ground in the state because civil servants had embraced it.
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