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  •  The Oyo State Government has sanctioned some head teachers for collecting illegal fees and denying pupils access to examination halls in the ongoing Public Primary Schools Unified Examinations Dr Nureni Adeniran the Executive Chairman Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB made this known in a statement on Monday in Ibadan while monitoring the examination Adeniran said that five head teachers of Methodist Basic School School one to five Gan gansi were found culpable in the alleged illegal collection of fees spearheaded by the School Based Management Committee SBMC of the school who chased the pupils home He said that the present administration had abolished collection of any development levy in all schools across the state Adeniran frowned at the role of the school authority who compelled parents to contribute the said fee No doubt SBMCs PTAs can contribute to the development of their local schools but it must not in any way affect the education of pupils No child should be discriminated against in the state education sector Adeniran said According to him some parents had reported to the board that head teachers of the school denied their children access to the examination hall for failing to pay the N100 development levy charged by the school s management and SBMC through a popular radio station in Ibadan Adeniran said that the present administration under Gov Seyi Makinde s leadership would not fold its arms and allow saboteurs to ridicule its efforts in mandating free education For denying Gov Seyi Makinde s pupils access to write examinations queries have been issued to head teachers of the affected schools he said The SUBEB chairman also directed that all learners should be allowed to sit for examinations without any form of hindrance He urged teachers in all public schools to adhere strictly to the state government s policies and directives on education Some of the schools visited included IMG Ibuko Ibadan South East LGA Ratibi Muslim School Molete South West IMG Basic School Idi Iroko Molete Adeniran who led a team of officials from SUBEB also visited Islamic Mission School One Bode Ibadan Methodist Basic School One to Five Gan gansi and Community Primary School Awotunde Ona ara LGA and a host of others He said that the monitoring exercise would continue in the course of the week which would also be extended to other zones of the state including Ogbomoso Oyo Oke Ogun and Ibarapa NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Oyo Govt sanctions head teachers over illegal fees
     The Oyo State Government has sanctioned some head teachers for collecting illegal fees and denying pupils access to examination halls in the ongoing Public Primary Schools Unified Examinations Dr Nureni Adeniran the Executive Chairman Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB made this known in a statement on Monday in Ibadan while monitoring the examination Adeniran said that five head teachers of Methodist Basic School School one to five Gan gansi were found culpable in the alleged illegal collection of fees spearheaded by the School Based Management Committee SBMC of the school who chased the pupils home He said that the present administration had abolished collection of any development levy in all schools across the state Adeniran frowned at the role of the school authority who compelled parents to contribute the said fee No doubt SBMCs PTAs can contribute to the development of their local schools but it must not in any way affect the education of pupils No child should be discriminated against in the state education sector Adeniran said According to him some parents had reported to the board that head teachers of the school denied their children access to the examination hall for failing to pay the N100 development levy charged by the school s management and SBMC through a popular radio station in Ibadan Adeniran said that the present administration under Gov Seyi Makinde s leadership would not fold its arms and allow saboteurs to ridicule its efforts in mandating free education For denying Gov Seyi Makinde s pupils access to write examinations queries have been issued to head teachers of the affected schools he said The SUBEB chairman also directed that all learners should be allowed to sit for examinations without any form of hindrance He urged teachers in all public schools to adhere strictly to the state government s policies and directives on education Some of the schools visited included IMG Ibuko Ibadan South East LGA Ratibi Muslim School Molete South West IMG Basic School Idi Iroko Molete Adeniran who led a team of officials from SUBEB also visited Islamic Mission School One Bode Ibadan Methodist Basic School One to Five Gan gansi and Community Primary School Awotunde Ona ara LGA and a host of others He said that the monitoring exercise would continue in the course of the week which would also be extended to other zones of the state including Ogbomoso Oyo Oke Ogun and Ibarapa NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Oyo Govt sanctions head teachers over illegal fees
    Education4 months ago

    Oyo Govt sanctions head teachers over illegal fees

    The Oyo State Government has sanctioned some head teachers for collecting illegal fees and denying pupils access to examination halls in the ongoing Public Primary Schools Unified Examinations.Dr Nureni Adeniran, the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), made this known in a statement on Monday in Ibadan, while monitoring the examination.Adeniran said that five head teachers of Methodist Basic School (School one to five), Gan-gansi, were found culpable in the alleged illegal collection of fees, spearheaded by the School-Based Management Committee (SBMC) of the school, who chased the pupils home.He said that the present administration had abolished collection of any development levy in all schools across the state.Adeniran frowned at the role of the school authority who  compelled parents to contribute the said fee.“No doubt, SBMCs, PTAs can contribute to the development of their local schools, but it must not in any way affect the education of pupils.“No child should be discriminated against in the state education sector,” Adeniran said.According to him, some parents had reported to the board that head teachers of the school denied their children access to the examination hall for failing to pay the N100 development levy charged by the school’s management and SBMC, through a popular radio station in Ibadan.Adeniran said that the present administration, under Gov. Seyi Makinde’s leadership, would not fold its arms and allow saboteurs to ridicule its efforts in mandating free education.“For denying Gov. Seyi Makinde’s pupils access to write examinations, queries have been issued to head-teachers of the affected  schools,” he said.The SUBEB chairman, also directed that all learners should be allowed to sit for examinations without any form of hindrance.He urged teachers in all public schools to adhere strictly to the state government’s policies and directives on education.Some of the schools visited included IMG, Ibuko Ibadan South East LGA; Ratibi Muslim School, Molete, South-West; IMG Basic School, Idi-Iroko, Molete.Adeniran, who led a team of officials from SUBEB also visited Islamic Mission School One, Bode, Ibadan; Methodist Basic School One to Five, Gan-gansi and Community Primary School, Awotunde, Ona-ara LGA and a host of others.He said that the monitoring exercise would continue in the course of the week, which would also be extended to other zones of the state, including Ogbomoso, Oyo, Oke-Ogun and Ibarapa.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Prof Abdulrasheed Adeoye the Chairman of Parent Teachers Association PTA University School University of Ilorin Unilirin has commended the Vice Chancellor Prof Sulyman Abdulkareem for procuring a bus for the school Adeoye said on Saturday in Ilorin that the 62 seater bus would alleviate the problem of transportation for the school Adeoye a former Dean of Faculty of Arts Unilorin noted that the vice chancellor has always supported the PTA in its activities On infrastructural development in the school he lauded the efforts of Prof Is haq Oloyede the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board JAMB for construction of the road leading to the school executed by the board He also appreciated the university management for ensuring that qualified staff of the school were not denied their promotion which he said has been regular since the inception of the current PTA executive Mr Mas ud Salihu the Head Teacher of the school announced that five pupils of the school participated in the 2021 Commonwealth Essay Competition with Omotola Ogungbade and Muhammad Raji winning silver and bronze medals respectively He added that Esther Adeyeye Ayomide Adekanye and Joy Enahoro were awarded Certificate of Participation NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Unilorin V-C procures 62-seater bus for school
     Prof Abdulrasheed Adeoye the Chairman of Parent Teachers Association PTA University School University of Ilorin Unilirin has commended the Vice Chancellor Prof Sulyman Abdulkareem for procuring a bus for the school Adeoye said on Saturday in Ilorin that the 62 seater bus would alleviate the problem of transportation for the school Adeoye a former Dean of Faculty of Arts Unilorin noted that the vice chancellor has always supported the PTA in its activities On infrastructural development in the school he lauded the efforts of Prof Is haq Oloyede the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board JAMB for construction of the road leading to the school executed by the board He also appreciated the university management for ensuring that qualified staff of the school were not denied their promotion which he said has been regular since the inception of the current PTA executive Mr Mas ud Salihu the Head Teacher of the school announced that five pupils of the school participated in the 2021 Commonwealth Essay Competition with Omotola Ogungbade and Muhammad Raji winning silver and bronze medals respectively He added that Esther Adeyeye Ayomide Adekanye and Joy Enahoro were awarded Certificate of Participation NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Unilorin V-C procures 62-seater bus for school
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    Unilorin V-C procures 62-seater bus for school

    Prof.

    Abdulrasheed Adeoye, the Chairman of Parent-Teachers Association (PTA), University School, University of Ilorin (Unilirin), has commended the Vice Chancellor, Prof.

    Sulyman Abdulkareem, for procuring a bus for the school.

    Adeoye said on Saturday in Ilorin that the 62-seater bus would alleviate the problem of transportation for the school.

    Adeoye, a former Dean of Faculty of Arts, Unilorin, noted that the vice chancellor has always supported the PTA in its activities.

    On infrastructural development in the school, he lauded the efforts of Prof.

    Is-haq Oloyede, the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), for construction of the road leading to the school executed by the board.

    He also appreciated the university management for ensuring that qualified staff of the school were not denied their promotion, which he said, has been regular since the inception of the current PTA executive.

    Mr Mas’ud Salihu, the Head Teacher of the school, announced that five pupils of the school participated in the 2021 Commonwealth Essay Competition, with Omotola Ogungbade and Muhammad Raji winning silver and bronze medals, respectively.

    He added that Esther Adeyeye, Ayomide Adekanye and Joy Enahoro, were awarded Certificate of Participation.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Bauchi State stakeholders in education have tasked School Management Based Committee SBMCs and teachers to play constructive roles in ensuring quality of education in the state This is contained in a communique at the end of a one day citizens dialogue meeting on Friday signed by Mr Toshin Zuberu Communication officer T Y Danjuma Foundation provided to newsmen on Saturday in Bauchi The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the dialogue meeting was organized by Fahimta Women and Youth Development Initiative FAWOYDI in collaboration with TY Danjuma Foundation The communique said teachers and SBMCs were the custodians and guardians with the responsibility to preserve and provide good learning environment for pupils Together they can check the menace of teacher absenteeism by monitoring supervising and reporting on a regular interval to appropriate authority it said The stakeholders recommended for Training and retraining of teachers and SBMC s to achieve the overall goal of basic education in the state The SBMCs should imbibe a continuous with FAHIMTA and other NGOs for effective advocacy to foster the restructuring of dilapidated structures in the basic education Government and other stakeholders need to ensure the teaching environment of pupils should be conducive and urged teachers to be selfless while in service delivery The communique also stressed the need to adopt and utilise the Nigerian policy on quality education to achieve quality assurance in sustainable service delivery as education still remained the bedrock of development It also stressed the need for communities to take ownership by providing portable drinking water minor school structures renovations rather than relying on government and NGOs support The stakeholders also called on the State University Basic Education Board SUBEB to provide effective supportive supervision and mentorship to supervisor SBMCs among others in carrying out their responsibilities effectively They also advocated for more awareness campaigns on ownership by community members for sustainable development The communique said there was a need for governments and communities to identify philanthropists and private organisations that would aid school development They commended FAWOYDI and TY Foundation complementing the state government efforts to improve lesson notes and work plans in targeted schools in the state The stakeholders in attendance were SUBEB government officials Local Education Authorities teachers Parents Teachers Association PTA NGOs CSOs and the media NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Bauchi stakeholders task SBMCs, teachers on constructive role for quality education  
     Bauchi State stakeholders in education have tasked School Management Based Committee SBMCs and teachers to play constructive roles in ensuring quality of education in the state This is contained in a communique at the end of a one day citizens dialogue meeting on Friday signed by Mr Toshin Zuberu Communication officer T Y Danjuma Foundation provided to newsmen on Saturday in Bauchi The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the dialogue meeting was organized by Fahimta Women and Youth Development Initiative FAWOYDI in collaboration with TY Danjuma Foundation The communique said teachers and SBMCs were the custodians and guardians with the responsibility to preserve and provide good learning environment for pupils Together they can check the menace of teacher absenteeism by monitoring supervising and reporting on a regular interval to appropriate authority it said The stakeholders recommended for Training and retraining of teachers and SBMC s to achieve the overall goal of basic education in the state The SBMCs should imbibe a continuous with FAHIMTA and other NGOs for effective advocacy to foster the restructuring of dilapidated structures in the basic education Government and other stakeholders need to ensure the teaching environment of pupils should be conducive and urged teachers to be selfless while in service delivery The communique also stressed the need to adopt and utilise the Nigerian policy on quality education to achieve quality assurance in sustainable service delivery as education still remained the bedrock of development It also stressed the need for communities to take ownership by providing portable drinking water minor school structures renovations rather than relying on government and NGOs support The stakeholders also called on the State University Basic Education Board SUBEB to provide effective supportive supervision and mentorship to supervisor SBMCs among others in carrying out their responsibilities effectively They also advocated for more awareness campaigns on ownership by community members for sustainable development The communique said there was a need for governments and communities to identify philanthropists and private organisations that would aid school development They commended FAWOYDI and TY Foundation complementing the state government efforts to improve lesson notes and work plans in targeted schools in the state The stakeholders in attendance were SUBEB government officials Local Education Authorities teachers Parents Teachers Association PTA NGOs CSOs and the media NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Bauchi stakeholders task SBMCs, teachers on constructive role for quality education  
    Education4 months ago

    Bauchi stakeholders task SBMCs, teachers on constructive role for quality education  

    Bauchi State stakeholders in education  have tasked School Management Based Committee (SBMCs) and teachers to play constructive roles in ensuring quality of education in the state.

      This is contained in a communique at the end of a one day citizens dialogue meeting on Friday, signed by Mr Toshin Zuberu, Communication officer, T Y Danjuma Foundation, provided to newsmen on Saturday in Bauchi.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the dialogue meeting was organized by Fahimta Women and Youth Development Initiative (FAWOYDI) in collaboration with TY Danjuma Foundation.

    The communique said teachers and SBMCs were the custodians and guardians with the responsibility to  preserve and provide good learning environment for pupils.

      “Together they can check the menace of teacher absenteeism by monitoring, supervising and reporting on a regular interval to appropriate authority,” it said.

      The stakeholders recommended for Training and retraining of teachers and SBMC’s to achieve the overall goal of basic education in the state.

      “The SBMCs should imbibe a continuous with FAHIMTA and other NGOs for effective advocacy to foster the restructuring of dilapidated structures in the basic education.

      “Government and other stakeholders need to ensure the teaching environment of pupils should be conducive and urged teachers to be selfless while in service delivery.

      The communique also stressed the  need to adopt and utilise the Nigerian policy on quality education to achieve quality assurance in sustainable service delivery as education still remained the bedrock of development.

      It also stressed the need for communities to take ownership by providing portable drinking water, minor school structures renovations, rather than relying on government and NGOs support.

      The stakeholders also called on the State University Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to provide effective supportive supervision and mentorship to supervisor SBMCs among others in carrying out their responsibilities effectively.

      They also advocated for more awareness campaigns  on ownership by community members for sustainable development.

      The communique said there was a need for governments and communities to identify philanthropists and private organisations that would aid school development.

      They commended FAWOYDI and TY Foundation, complementing the state government efforts to improve lesson notes and work plans in targeted schools in the state.

      The stakeholders in attendance were  SUBEB, government officials , Local Education Authorities, teachers, Parents Teachers Association PTA, NGOs, CSOs and the media   (

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Federal Capital Territory Administration FCTA on Wednesday inaugurated an ultra modern hostel built by Parents Teachers Association PTA at the Government Science Secondary School Tungan Mage in Abuja FCT Mandate Secretary for Education Sani El Katuzu while inaugurating the hostel explained that the 160 bed space capacity hostel would assist the school in alleviating accomodations challenge El Katuzu said the administration was pleased with the keen interest of parents to support the government in providing a conducive teaching and learning environment for students The mandate secretary called on other PTAs to emulate same in their respective schools According to him providing basic facilities for schools is a huge project that the government alone cannot shoulder the responsibility but needs the support of others to meet up with the demand Some group of responsible parents came together and with the coordination of the school authority they provided a facility that is world class in a school environment The hostel block will go a long way in alleviating accomodations problem at Government Science Secondary School Tungan Mage It is a good development and we are impressed we are grateful to the PTA We therefore urge other PTAs to also come up with such facility to assist the government in it efforts to provide a conducive teaching and learning environment for students he said El Katuzu therefore directed the Secondary Education Board FCT SEB to evolve measures that would provide the necessary items for the new hostel He said parents should not be asked to pay any dues adding that any charge that was direct to schools and parents was not allowed in FCT school The secretary said that anyone with programmes and projects ideas should direct them to the FCT Education Secretariat for vetting and approval The Director FCT Secondary Education Board FCT SEB Dr Nanre Emeje described the project as a show of collaboration The hostel project is proof that there is a collaboration between the school and parents and the collaboration works A good relationship that is fostered with the parents will be able to bring good things to the schools On the provision of facilities once the procurement starts necessary steps will be taken to provide the needed items in the new PTA hostel she said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FCTA inaugurates 160 bed Space capacity hostel built by PTA
     The Federal Capital Territory Administration FCTA on Wednesday inaugurated an ultra modern hostel built by Parents Teachers Association PTA at the Government Science Secondary School Tungan Mage in Abuja FCT Mandate Secretary for Education Sani El Katuzu while inaugurating the hostel explained that the 160 bed space capacity hostel would assist the school in alleviating accomodations challenge El Katuzu said the administration was pleased with the keen interest of parents to support the government in providing a conducive teaching and learning environment for students The mandate secretary called on other PTAs to emulate same in their respective schools According to him providing basic facilities for schools is a huge project that the government alone cannot shoulder the responsibility but needs the support of others to meet up with the demand Some group of responsible parents came together and with the coordination of the school authority they provided a facility that is world class in a school environment The hostel block will go a long way in alleviating accomodations problem at Government Science Secondary School Tungan Mage It is a good development and we are impressed we are grateful to the PTA We therefore urge other PTAs to also come up with such facility to assist the government in it efforts to provide a conducive teaching and learning environment for students he said El Katuzu therefore directed the Secondary Education Board FCT SEB to evolve measures that would provide the necessary items for the new hostel He said parents should not be asked to pay any dues adding that any charge that was direct to schools and parents was not allowed in FCT school The secretary said that anyone with programmes and projects ideas should direct them to the FCT Education Secretariat for vetting and approval The Director FCT Secondary Education Board FCT SEB Dr Nanre Emeje described the project as a show of collaboration The hostel project is proof that there is a collaboration between the school and parents and the collaboration works A good relationship that is fostered with the parents will be able to bring good things to the schools On the provision of facilities once the procurement starts necessary steps will be taken to provide the needed items in the new PTA hostel she said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FCTA inaugurates 160 bed Space capacity hostel built by PTA
    General news4 months ago

    FCTA inaugurates 160 bed Space capacity hostel built by PTA

    The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Wednesday inaugurated an ultra modern hostel built by Parents’ Teachers Association (PTA) at the Government Science Secondary School, Tungan-Mage in Abuja.

    FCT Mandate Secretary for Education, Sani El-Katuzu, while inaugurating the hostel, explained that the 160 bed space capacity hostel would assist the school in alleviating accomodations challenge.

    El-Katuzu said the administration was pleased with the keen interest of parents to support the government in providing a conducive teaching and learning environment for students.

    The mandate secretary called on other PTAs to emulate same in their respective schools.

    According to him, providing basic facilities for schools is a huge project that the government alone cannot shoulder the responsibility but needs the support of others to meet up with the demand.

    “Some group of responsible parents came together and with the coordination of the school authority, they provided a facility that is world class in a school environment.

    “The hostel block will go a long way in alleviating accomodations problem at Government Science Secondary School, Tungan-Mage.

    It is a good development and we are impressed, we are grateful to the PTA.

    “We, therefore, urge other PTAs to also come up with such facility to assist the government in it efforts to provide a conducive teaching and learning environment for students,” he said.

    El-Katuzu, therefore, directed the Secondary Education Board (FCT-SEB) to evolve measures that would provide the necessary items for the new hostel.

    He said parents should not be asked to pay any dues, adding that any charge that was direct to schools and parents was not allowed in FCT school.

    The secretary said that “anyone with programmes and projects ideas should direct them to the FCT Education Secretariat for vetting and approval.

    ” The Director FCT Secondary Education Board (FCT-SEB), Dr Nanre Emeje described the project as a show of collaboration.

    “The hostel project is proof that there is a collaboration between the school and parents, and the collaboration works.

    “A good relationship that is fostered with the parents will be able to bring good things to the schools.

    “On the provision of facilities, once the procurement starts, necessary steps will be taken to provide the needed items in the new PTA hostel,” she said.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Wife of Ondo State Governor Mrs Betty Anyanwu Akeredolu has advocated for more inclusion of women in governance to further enhance the growth and development of the country Anyanwu Akeredolu stated this while receiving a Girl child Role Model Development Award on Tuesday in Akure The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the award was given to the governor s wife and 19 others by the state chapter of National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria PTA NAN also reports that the awards were given to the recipients for their outstanding contributions to the development of education in Nigeria The governor s wife who said that she had trained about 2 000 girls through BEMORE Initiative Empowerment said that it was high time that women were given their deserved chances in politics I can tell you that in five years time we are going to feel the impact of BEMORE girls when it comes to human capacity building she said According to her a girl child represents the lens through which the true picture of the country can be seen The way we treat our women and the girl child will reflect the true picture of the country in terms of development and advancement We should all rise up as African women tostrategically build a new generation of women through our girls by raising them differently If we want to change the narrative and we need women especially starting with our young girls as they are the future of the country We want to tell Nigerians and the whole world that a girl may look fragile but she is strong and capable to turn things around My sister my daughter my friend please find your voice just like the Adamawa women found their voice I can assure you all that a woman will soon become a governor of a state in Nigeria she said Earlier Chief Abimbola Omoloja Chairman of PTA in the state and Vice President PTA Nigeria explained that the awardees were honoured based on their contributions to the development of education in the state Omoloja said that the award was based on five categories including girl child development educational planning and administration education philanthropy amazon of hope and activities of the royal fathers The PTA chairman who appreciated the state governor for providing an enabling environment for education to thrive in the state solicited for an office accommodation for the association It should be noted that education is the bedrock of development including social political and physical as it leads to prosperity and diminishes social vices he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Akeredolu’s wife seeks more women inclusion in governance
     Wife of Ondo State Governor Mrs Betty Anyanwu Akeredolu has advocated for more inclusion of women in governance to further enhance the growth and development of the country Anyanwu Akeredolu stated this while receiving a Girl child Role Model Development Award on Tuesday in Akure The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the award was given to the governor s wife and 19 others by the state chapter of National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria PTA NAN also reports that the awards were given to the recipients for their outstanding contributions to the development of education in Nigeria The governor s wife who said that she had trained about 2 000 girls through BEMORE Initiative Empowerment said that it was high time that women were given their deserved chances in politics I can tell you that in five years time we are going to feel the impact of BEMORE girls when it comes to human capacity building she said According to her a girl child represents the lens through which the true picture of the country can be seen The way we treat our women and the girl child will reflect the true picture of the country in terms of development and advancement We should all rise up as African women tostrategically build a new generation of women through our girls by raising them differently If we want to change the narrative and we need women especially starting with our young girls as they are the future of the country We want to tell Nigerians and the whole world that a girl may look fragile but she is strong and capable to turn things around My sister my daughter my friend please find your voice just like the Adamawa women found their voice I can assure you all that a woman will soon become a governor of a state in Nigeria she said Earlier Chief Abimbola Omoloja Chairman of PTA in the state and Vice President PTA Nigeria explained that the awardees were honoured based on their contributions to the development of education in the state Omoloja said that the award was based on five categories including girl child development educational planning and administration education philanthropy amazon of hope and activities of the royal fathers The PTA chairman who appreciated the state governor for providing an enabling environment for education to thrive in the state solicited for an office accommodation for the association It should be noted that education is the bedrock of development including social political and physical as it leads to prosperity and diminishes social vices he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Akeredolu’s wife seeks more women inclusion in governance
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    Akeredolu’s wife seeks more women inclusion in governance

    Wife of Ondo State Governor, Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has advocated for more inclusion of women in governance, to further enhance the growth and development of the country.

    Anyanwu-Akeredolu stated this while receiving a ‘Girl-child Role Model Development Award on Tuesday in Akure.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the award was given to the governor’s wife and 19 others by the state chapter of National Parent-Teacher Association of Nigeria (PTA).

    NAN also reports that the awards were given to the recipients for their outstanding contributions to the development of education in Nigeria.

    The governor’s wife, who said that she had trained about 2,000 girls through BEMORE Initiative Empowerment, said that it was high time that women were given their deserved chances in politics.

    “I can tell you that in five years’ time, we are going to feel the impact of BEMORE girls when it comes to human capacity building,” she said.

    According to her, a girl-child represents the lens through which the true picture of the country can be seen.

    “The way we treat our women and the girl-child will reflect the true picture of the country in terms of development and advancement.

    “We should all rise up as African women tostrategically build a new generation of women through our girls by raising them differently.

    “If we want to change the narrative and we need women, especially starting with our young girls, as they are the future of the country.

    “We want to tell Nigerians and the whole world that a girl may look fragile but she is strong and capable to turn things around.

    “My sister, my daughter, my friend, please find your voice, just like the Adamawa women found their voice. I can assure you all that a woman will soon become a governor of a state in Nigeria,” she said.

    Earlier, Chief Abimbola Omoloja, Chairman of PTA in the state and Vice President, PTA Nigeria, explained that the awardees were honoured based on their contributions to the development of education in the state.

    Omoloja said that the award was based on five categories, including girl-child development, educational planning and administration, education philanthropy, amazon of hope and activities of the royal fathers.

    The PTA chairman, who appreciated the state governor for providing an enabling environment for education to thrive in the state, solicited for an office accommodation for the association.

    “It should be noted that education is the bedrock of development, including social, political and physical, as it leads to prosperity and diminishes social vices,” he said.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Mrs Peace Raymond a teacher at Juthanbitzs International School Mahuta Kaduna has advised parents against writing take home assignments for their children and wards Raymond who gave the advice during the school s Association PTA meeting in Kaduna on Saturday explained that doing the assignment for the children negates the essence of take home assignments She explained that assignments help to involve parents in the learning process of their children adding that the idea was for the parents to guide the children while they do the assignments Raymond said that instead of doing the assignment for the children parents should guide their children to do the assignments themselves so they can learn and have deep understanding of the subjects Take home assignments are also meant to deepen the learning process through practice at home for better understanding The assignments provide an opportunity for parents to participate in educating their children at home as part of their contribution to the learning process of the child As such don t do the assignments for your children Help them to understand how to do them and let them do it themselves while you guide the teacher said She said that on the contrary many parents were found to be doing the assignment for their children while others write for the children to copy Others do not even have time for the children or pay little attention to the children s assignments as a result most pupils come to school with their assignments not done or partly done This is wrong Help teachers to improve the learning outcome of children by guiding the children to do their assignments and making sure they understand them otherwise the aim is defeated she added Earlier the Chairman of the PTA Mr Luka John thanked the proprietor of the school and the teachers for ensuring quality teaching and learning He urged parents to play their part by paying school fees as and when due to enable the school to pay teachers on time and maintain quality and standard Another parent Mrs Dorcas Peter equally commended the school management and the teachers for the quality of teaching visible in all her children On her part the proprietor of the school Mrs Zipporah Kari thanked parents for the laudable support and appealed for more particularly on being up to date with payment of school fees Kari complained that a reasonable number of parents were not up to date in paying school fees with some owing up to three terms She urged parents to pay the school fees on time to enable the school to give their children the best of education that would make them compete favourably anywhere in the world NAN
    Teacher advises parents against doing take-home assignments for children
     Mrs Peace Raymond a teacher at Juthanbitzs International School Mahuta Kaduna has advised parents against writing take home assignments for their children and wards Raymond who gave the advice during the school s Association PTA meeting in Kaduna on Saturday explained that doing the assignment for the children negates the essence of take home assignments She explained that assignments help to involve parents in the learning process of their children adding that the idea was for the parents to guide the children while they do the assignments Raymond said that instead of doing the assignment for the children parents should guide their children to do the assignments themselves so they can learn and have deep understanding of the subjects Take home assignments are also meant to deepen the learning process through practice at home for better understanding The assignments provide an opportunity for parents to participate in educating their children at home as part of their contribution to the learning process of the child As such don t do the assignments for your children Help them to understand how to do them and let them do it themselves while you guide the teacher said She said that on the contrary many parents were found to be doing the assignment for their children while others write for the children to copy Others do not even have time for the children or pay little attention to the children s assignments as a result most pupils come to school with their assignments not done or partly done This is wrong Help teachers to improve the learning outcome of children by guiding the children to do their assignments and making sure they understand them otherwise the aim is defeated she added Earlier the Chairman of the PTA Mr Luka John thanked the proprietor of the school and the teachers for ensuring quality teaching and learning He urged parents to play their part by paying school fees as and when due to enable the school to pay teachers on time and maintain quality and standard Another parent Mrs Dorcas Peter equally commended the school management and the teachers for the quality of teaching visible in all her children On her part the proprietor of the school Mrs Zipporah Kari thanked parents for the laudable support and appealed for more particularly on being up to date with payment of school fees Kari complained that a reasonable number of parents were not up to date in paying school fees with some owing up to three terms She urged parents to pay the school fees on time to enable the school to give their children the best of education that would make them compete favourably anywhere in the world NAN
    Teacher advises parents against doing take-home assignments for children
    Education6 months ago

    Teacher advises parents against doing take-home assignments for children

    Mrs Peace Raymond, a teacher at Juthanbitzs International School, Mahuta Kaduna, has advised parents against writing take-home assignments for their children and wards.

    Raymond, who gave the advice during the school’s Association (PTA) meeting in Kaduna on Saturday, explained that doing the assignment for the children negates the essence of take-home assignments.

    She explained that assignments help to involve parents in the learning process of their children, adding that the idea was for the parents to guide the children while they do the assignments.

    Raymond said that instead of doing the assignment for the children, parents should guide their children to do the assignments themselves so they can learn and have deep understanding of the subjects.

    “Take-home assignments are also meant to deepen the learning process through practice at home for better understanding.

    “The assignments provide an opportunity for parents to participate in educating their children at home as part of their contribution to the learning process of the child.

    “As such, don’t do the assignments for your children. Help them to understand how to do them and let them do it themselves while you guide,” the teacher said.

    She said that on the contrary, many parents were found to be doing the assignment for their children while others write for the children to copy.

    “Others do not even have time for the children or pay little attention to the children’s assignments, as a result, most pupils come to school with their assignments not done or partly done.

    “This is wrong. Help teachers to improve the learning outcome of children by guiding the children to do their assignments and making sure they understand them otherwise the aim is defeated,” she added.

    Earlier, the Chairman of the PTA , Mr Luka John, thanked the proprietor of the school and the teachers for ensuring quality teaching and learning.

    He urged parents to play their part by paying school fees as and when due to enable the school to pay teachers on time and maintain quality and standard.

    Another parent, Mrs Dorcas Peter, equally commended the school management and the teachers for the quality of teaching, visible in all her children.

    On her part, the proprietor of the school, Mrs Zipporah Kari, thanked parents for the laudable support, and appealed for more, particularly on being up to date with payment of school fees.

    Kari complained that a reasonable number of parents were not up to date in paying school fees, with some owing up to three terms.

    She urged parents to pay the school fees on time to enable the school to give their children the best of education that would make them compete favourably anywhere in the world. (

    (NAN)

  •  Gov Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra said that no fewer than 1 000 teachers in the state were relieved of their appointments with the state government because they were employed in a hazy manner The governor stated that the affected persons thereby remained unqualified for the job Soludo who made the clarification in a statement signed by Mr Chris Aburime his Press Secretary on Thursday said that no qualified teacher was sacked by the government Soludo said that the termination of the appointments was in line with his administration s effort at repositioning the education sector according to standard practice The statement said the attention of the Governor has been drawn to publications on protest by Association PTA teachers purportedly converted to permanent staff in Anambra schools The protesters who barricaded the entrance of the state House of Assembly displayed placards with various inscriptions claiming to have been engaged by the state government before the termination of their jobs For the avoidance of doubt no qualified teacher in the state s school system has been relieved of appointment The affected PTA teachers who were converted to the school system in the last days of the last administration in irregular hazy circumstances They were only asked to regularise their employment with the government by taking part in the online teachers recruitment test The idea is to ensure that only those with requisite qualifications proven capacity and commensurate experiences are recruited into the system At all times Prof Soludo means well for the good people of Anambra State and will stop at nothing in giving them the best education inclusive Some of the affected teachers said they were duly employed and issued appointment letters by the last administration in November 2021 but were sacked in April 2022 They said they had served Anambra education school system for between two years and seven years as Association PTA teachers They argued that if they could be engaged in that capacity they should also be worthy of regularised employment The sacked teachers said it was unfair to sack them unceremoniously after working for about seven months without pay and called on the governor to kindly reinstate them The state government had advertised 5 000 vacancies in the Education and Health sectors in which no fewer than 31 800 were shortlisted for Computer Based Test The online examination is scheduled to hold on June 11 NAN
    Soludo says 1,000 sacked teachers in Anambra unqualified
     Gov Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra said that no fewer than 1 000 teachers in the state were relieved of their appointments with the state government because they were employed in a hazy manner The governor stated that the affected persons thereby remained unqualified for the job Soludo who made the clarification in a statement signed by Mr Chris Aburime his Press Secretary on Thursday said that no qualified teacher was sacked by the government Soludo said that the termination of the appointments was in line with his administration s effort at repositioning the education sector according to standard practice The statement said the attention of the Governor has been drawn to publications on protest by Association PTA teachers purportedly converted to permanent staff in Anambra schools The protesters who barricaded the entrance of the state House of Assembly displayed placards with various inscriptions claiming to have been engaged by the state government before the termination of their jobs For the avoidance of doubt no qualified teacher in the state s school system has been relieved of appointment The affected PTA teachers who were converted to the school system in the last days of the last administration in irregular hazy circumstances They were only asked to regularise their employment with the government by taking part in the online teachers recruitment test The idea is to ensure that only those with requisite qualifications proven capacity and commensurate experiences are recruited into the system At all times Prof Soludo means well for the good people of Anambra State and will stop at nothing in giving them the best education inclusive Some of the affected teachers said they were duly employed and issued appointment letters by the last administration in November 2021 but were sacked in April 2022 They said they had served Anambra education school system for between two years and seven years as Association PTA teachers They argued that if they could be engaged in that capacity they should also be worthy of regularised employment The sacked teachers said it was unfair to sack them unceremoniously after working for about seven months without pay and called on the governor to kindly reinstate them The state government had advertised 5 000 vacancies in the Education and Health sectors in which no fewer than 31 800 were shortlisted for Computer Based Test The online examination is scheduled to hold on June 11 NAN
    Soludo says 1,000 sacked teachers in Anambra unqualified
    General news6 months ago

    Soludo says 1,000 sacked teachers in Anambra unqualified

    Gov. Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra said that no fewer than 1,000 teachers in the state were relieved of their appointments with the state government because they were employed in a hazy manner.

    The governor stated that the affected persons thereby remained unqualified for the job.

    Soludo, who made the clarification in a statement signed by Mr Chris Aburime, his Press Secretary, on Thursday, said that no qualified teacher was sacked by the government.

    Soludo said that the termination of the appointments was in line with his administration’s effort at repositioning the education sector according to standard practice.

    The statement said: “the attention of the Governor has been drawn to publications on protest by Association (PTA) teachers, purportedly converted to permanent staff in Anambra schools.

    “The protesters, who barricaded the entrance of the state House of Assembly, displayed placards with various inscriptions, claiming to have been engaged by the state government before the termination of their jobs.

    “For the avoidance of doubt, no qualified teacher in the state’s school system has been relieved of appointment.

    “The affected PTA teachers who were “converted” to the school system in the last days of the last administration in irregular, hazy circumstances.

    “They were only asked to regularise their employment with the government by taking part in the online teachers’ recruitment test.

    “The idea is to ensure that only those with requisite qualifications, proven capacity and commensurate experiences are recruited into the system.

    “At all times, Prof. Soludo means well for the good people of Anambra State and will stop at nothing in giving them the best, education inclusive.”

    Some of the affected teachers said they were duly employed and issued appointment letters by the last administration in November 2021 but were sacked in April 2022.

    They said they had served Anambra education school system for between two years and seven years as ’ Association (PTA) teachers.

    They argued that if they could be engaged in that capacity, they should also be worthy of regularised employment.

    The sacked teachers said it was unfair to sack them unceremoniously after working for about seven months without pay and called on the governor to kindly reinstate them.

    The state government had advertised 5,000 vacancies in the Education and Health sectors, in which no fewer than 31,800 were shortlisted for Computer Based Test.

    The online examination is scheduled to hold on June 11.

    (NAN)

  •  Teachers engaged by the Parents Teachers Association PTA who were recently converted to permanent staff in Anambra state schools on Tuesday protested the termination of their jobs by Gov Charles Soludo The protesters barricaded the entrance of the state House of Assembly in Awka as they displayed placards with various inscriptions Some of the placards read Give us back our jobs Why terminate our appointments after seven months of work without pay We met the criteria we were duly employed Please reinstate us and Gov Soludo reconsider your stand Others read Assembly please intervene and help save our jobs among others Addressing newsmen the spokesperson of the protesters Mr Uche Eze appealed to Gov Soludo to reconsider his position on the termination of the newly converted PTA teachers Eze also called on the legislature to prevail on the executive to reinstate them We are teachers engaged by the PTA to address the acute shortage of teachers in the state s primary and secondary schools Some of us had worked for over 10 years before the last administration decided to hold a recruitment and conversion exercise to make us permanent staff About 1 000 of us were shortlisted and we got our appointment letters in Nov 2021 to resume fully but for over seven months we have not been paid and we have just been told that our appointments have been terminated We were asked to go and re apply in the ongoing online teachers recruitment This is not fair we were not paid off and we are stranded because they are sending us back to the labour market after we were duly employed We are appealing to the Speaker of the House of Assembly to use his office to intervene in this matter and help us save our jobs he said Addressing the protesters the Speaker of the House Mr Uche Okafor promised that the he would discuss the matter with the Governor We have heard you complaints and appeals As your representatives in the Assembly we are your ears and mouthpiece so whatever affects you affects us I want to assure you that we will speak for you by taking this matter to the Governor and discuss it so that you get that which is duly yours he said NAN
    Converted PTA teachers protest termination of jobs by Gov. Soludo
     Teachers engaged by the Parents Teachers Association PTA who were recently converted to permanent staff in Anambra state schools on Tuesday protested the termination of their jobs by Gov Charles Soludo The protesters barricaded the entrance of the state House of Assembly in Awka as they displayed placards with various inscriptions Some of the placards read Give us back our jobs Why terminate our appointments after seven months of work without pay We met the criteria we were duly employed Please reinstate us and Gov Soludo reconsider your stand Others read Assembly please intervene and help save our jobs among others Addressing newsmen the spokesperson of the protesters Mr Uche Eze appealed to Gov Soludo to reconsider his position on the termination of the newly converted PTA teachers Eze also called on the legislature to prevail on the executive to reinstate them We are teachers engaged by the PTA to address the acute shortage of teachers in the state s primary and secondary schools Some of us had worked for over 10 years before the last administration decided to hold a recruitment and conversion exercise to make us permanent staff About 1 000 of us were shortlisted and we got our appointment letters in Nov 2021 to resume fully but for over seven months we have not been paid and we have just been told that our appointments have been terminated We were asked to go and re apply in the ongoing online teachers recruitment This is not fair we were not paid off and we are stranded because they are sending us back to the labour market after we were duly employed We are appealing to the Speaker of the House of Assembly to use his office to intervene in this matter and help us save our jobs he said Addressing the protesters the Speaker of the House Mr Uche Okafor promised that the he would discuss the matter with the Governor We have heard you complaints and appeals As your representatives in the Assembly we are your ears and mouthpiece so whatever affects you affects us I want to assure you that we will speak for you by taking this matter to the Governor and discuss it so that you get that which is duly yours he said NAN
    Converted PTA teachers protest termination of jobs by Gov. Soludo
    General news6 months ago

    Converted PTA teachers protest termination of jobs by Gov. Soludo

    Teachers engaged by the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) who were recently converted to permanent staff in Anambra state schools on Tuesday protested the termination of their jobs by Gov. Charles Soludo.

    The protesters barricaded the entrance of the state House of Assembly in Awka, as they displayed placards with various inscriptions.

    Some of the placards read: “Give us back our jobs”, “Why terminate our appointments after seven months of work without pay?”, “We met the criteria, we were duly employed, Please reinstate us” and “Gov. Soludo reconsider your stand.”

    Others read: “Assembly please intervene and help save our jobs,”, among others.

    Addressing newsmen, the spokesperson of the protesters, Mr Uche Eze, appealed to Gov. Soludo to reconsider his position on the termination of the newly converted PTA teachers.

    Eze also called on the legislature to prevail on the executive to reinstate them.

    “We are teachers engaged by the PTA to address the acute shortage of teachers in the state’s primary and secondary schools.

    “Some of us had worked for over 10 years before the last administration decided to hold a recruitment and conversion exercise to make us permanent staff.

    “About 1,000 of us were shortlisted and we got our appointment letters in Nov. 2021 to resume fully but for over seven months we have not been paid and we have just been told that our appointments have been terminated.

    “We were asked to go and re-apply in the ongoing online teachers’ recruitment. This is not fair, we were not paid off and we are stranded because they are sending us back to the labour market after we were duly employed.

    “We are appealing to the Speaker of the House of Assembly to use his office to intervene in this matter and help us save our jobs, ” he said.

    Addressing the protesters, the Speaker of the House, Mr Uche Okafor, promised that the he would discuss the matter with the Governor.

    “We have heard you complaints and appeals. As your representatives in the Assembly, we are your ears and mouthpiece, so whatever affects you, affects us.

    “I want to assure you that we will speak for you by taking this matter to the Governor and discuss it, so that you get that which is duly yours,” he said.


    (NAN)

  •  Some parents in majority of the states in the South South geo political zone have decried the sorry state of infrastructure in public primary and secondary schools in the rigion Some of the parents in a survey conducted by the News Agency of Nigeria claimed that pupils especially in the rural areas still sat on the floor to receive lessons as there were no desks for them to sit on They lamented that the situation was adversely affecting teaching and learning and called on the State Governments to give proper attention to public schools A parent in Eket Akwa Ibom Mr Assam Abia said that some rural schools in the state were dilapidated and lacked basic facilities including desks Some schools don t have desks chairs and teaching facilities It is a very sad situation but in urban centres some of the facilities have been upgraded rehabilitated and taken care of At Idung Udoh Primary School in Exeter the situation is pathetic Some of the buildings were given to a contractor to repair but it has not not been completed Though there is free and compulsory education in Akwa Ibom it is not totality free because the facilities are not in place to ensure that learning and teaching take place effectively There are no desks and chairs some pupils bring wrappers to school to sit on the floor Abia said He said that there was need for the state government to improve the facilities in primary schools especially those in the rural areas Abia also called on spirited individuals and NGOs to assist the state government to provide infrastructure in schools Mr Tony Etim said in Uyo that there was no tangible reason why pupils should be sitting on the floor in the 21st century with the resources available to the state Infrastructure in public schools in Akwa Ibom is not conducive enough for teaching and learning A visit to some of the schools revealed that there were no seats and even no table for teachers We have seen buildings and fencing in schools and there is no black board no desks for pupils That is not provision of infrastructure in the 21st century There are no computers for pupils in primary and secondary schools in Akwa Ibom no training for teachers no refresher courses to update their knowledge Etim said Mr Patrick Titus an alumnus of Asutan Comprehensive Secondary School Okop Nduaerong Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area however said that government had tried but a lot still needed to be done Titus said that it was high time government abolished free education and allowed parents to pay little fees to help in improving infrastructure in schools Government policy aimed at improving the quality of education is just on paper and not in practice If you go to public schools you still find buildings but no desks for pupils to sit I am an old student of Asutan Comprehensive Secondary School Okop Nduaerong in Ibesikpo Recently we paid a courtesy visit to the school which is almost marking its 50 years anniversary In the computer laboratory they have there is no single computer in it yet the school is preparing students for computer based testser Titus lamented However the state government has cotinued to state its resolve to improve on its free primary and secondary school education policy The Commissioner for Education Mrs Idongesit Etiebet recently promised that the ministry would get the attention of the State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB to intervene in infrastructure provision in public schools Another respondent and secondary school teacher in Benin Edo who pleaded anonymity told NAN some public school buildings were renovated by Gov Adams Oshiomole s administration without providing furniture She said the situation was hampering studies in virtually all the public schools in the state as many of them lacked furniture for students to sit I can tell you that some students sit on the floor to receive lessons while some other sit on empty soft drink crates In some cases two to three students share a chair in a class This is not conducive for learning Remember learning environment contributes to a successful teaching the teacher said Mr Lawrence Edobor of Free Education Initiative a Benin based Non Government Organisation NGO described the state of infrastructure in public schools in the state as an eyesore Edobor noted that government needed to redouble efforts at to provide facilities in public schools to aid teaching and learning He however commended the state government for training of teachers and upgrading of their skills through the current education reform policy in the state tagged EdoBEST Meanwhile the state Commissioner for Education Dr Joan Osa Oviawe says some people are only being mischievous about the state of classroom blocks and other facilities in public schools in the state When we talk of infrastructure some people want to be mischievous We inherited a large inventory of dilapidated schools and everybody needs to recognise the fact that the erosion of quality in our public schools did not start yesterday It is decades long We are now at a point where Gov Godwin Obaseki has decided to muster the political will to do something about it Often times we hear within the political cycle that if you want to win an election you don t go into improving education because nobody is going to see what you have done People will tell you to construct roads and do flyovers and the electorate will say oh you are doing something But for us we have started We have made progress but we still have a long way to go And what has also not helped matters before now is lack of maintenance culture What was done before this administration we are having to go back to fix them So a few things were put in place in the current work we are doing now the commissioner said In the same vein the Chairman Edo State Universal Basic Education Board Edo SUBEB Mrs Ozavize Salami said government would soon launch a five year infrastructural renewal project to address the situation Salami noted that the state was currently carrying out an infrastructure audit of schools in the state to use the data for the renewal project Maintenance is part of the plan so that schools will not deteriorate at a very high speed like it they did before now Government has realised the work ahead of it and this infrastructural uplift will begin in the next few months she said In Cross River Mr Castro Ezama the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education said that the state of infrastructure in public schools in the state was worrisome The special adviser told NAN in Calabar that the infrastructure in many schools in the state were quite old because government overtime had not really looked into them He says a typical example is Pinn Margaret Commercial Secondary School in Calabar South Local Government Area where the buildings are so poor and the school children have to run shifts One of the biggest challenge we have in this issue is that contractors assigned to carry out various projects collect mobilisation fees and then leave without completing them So all over the state we have abandoned projects in our schools including the Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC projects This is sad because we have an upsurge of population making renovation and expansion imperative We also have the issue of vandalism of the existing infrastructure This is why my office engages communities including the traditional institutions the executives of the Parent Teachers Association PTA and youth leaders in the matter Before putting up new infrastructure it is important to secure existing ones and no one can do it better than the community themselves he emphasised Also the Chairman National Parent Teachers Association of Nigeria NAPTAN Cross River chapter Prof Boniface Ode said the buildings and other facilities in public schools in the state were so poor and needed several interventions According to Odey there are 276 secondary schools in Cross River and many of them especially those in the rural setting lacked roads to access them He said many of the classroom blocks in the schools were outdated dilapidated and even lacked perimeter fence except the ones constructed or refurbished by the PTA One major infrastructural challenge is the lack of laboratories for many of the subjects especially computer Today the children leave the secondary schools and head to the universities after writing the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB examination which is computer based How do we expect these children to do well in this examination without the knowledge of how to operate computer We have government officials who rather than visit the schools just sit in their offices Despite all the advice we have been giving over the years they do nothing while our educational infrastructures decay he lamented Another parent in Asaba Delta Mr Okechukwu James equally said that public schools lacked maintenance Public schools lack maintenance culture and lack of funding has adversely affected the present condition of infrastructure in the schools A sizeable portion of the infrastructure in public secondary schools are in the state of disrepair and there is need for government and stakeholders to maintain them he said NAN
    Parents in South-South lament poor infrastructure in public schools
     Some parents in majority of the states in the South South geo political zone have decried the sorry state of infrastructure in public primary and secondary schools in the rigion Some of the parents in a survey conducted by the News Agency of Nigeria claimed that pupils especially in the rural areas still sat on the floor to receive lessons as there were no desks for them to sit on They lamented that the situation was adversely affecting teaching and learning and called on the State Governments to give proper attention to public schools A parent in Eket Akwa Ibom Mr Assam Abia said that some rural schools in the state were dilapidated and lacked basic facilities including desks Some schools don t have desks chairs and teaching facilities It is a very sad situation but in urban centres some of the facilities have been upgraded rehabilitated and taken care of At Idung Udoh Primary School in Exeter the situation is pathetic Some of the buildings were given to a contractor to repair but it has not not been completed Though there is free and compulsory education in Akwa Ibom it is not totality free because the facilities are not in place to ensure that learning and teaching take place effectively There are no desks and chairs some pupils bring wrappers to school to sit on the floor Abia said He said that there was need for the state government to improve the facilities in primary schools especially those in the rural areas Abia also called on spirited individuals and NGOs to assist the state government to provide infrastructure in schools Mr Tony Etim said in Uyo that there was no tangible reason why pupils should be sitting on the floor in the 21st century with the resources available to the state Infrastructure in public schools in Akwa Ibom is not conducive enough for teaching and learning A visit to some of the schools revealed that there were no seats and even no table for teachers We have seen buildings and fencing in schools and there is no black board no desks for pupils That is not provision of infrastructure in the 21st century There are no computers for pupils in primary and secondary schools in Akwa Ibom no training for teachers no refresher courses to update their knowledge Etim said Mr Patrick Titus an alumnus of Asutan Comprehensive Secondary School Okop Nduaerong Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area however said that government had tried but a lot still needed to be done Titus said that it was high time government abolished free education and allowed parents to pay little fees to help in improving infrastructure in schools Government policy aimed at improving the quality of education is just on paper and not in practice If you go to public schools you still find buildings but no desks for pupils to sit I am an old student of Asutan Comprehensive Secondary School Okop Nduaerong in Ibesikpo Recently we paid a courtesy visit to the school which is almost marking its 50 years anniversary In the computer laboratory they have there is no single computer in it yet the school is preparing students for computer based testser Titus lamented However the state government has cotinued to state its resolve to improve on its free primary and secondary school education policy The Commissioner for Education Mrs Idongesit Etiebet recently promised that the ministry would get the attention of the State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB to intervene in infrastructure provision in public schools Another respondent and secondary school teacher in Benin Edo who pleaded anonymity told NAN some public school buildings were renovated by Gov Adams Oshiomole s administration without providing furniture She said the situation was hampering studies in virtually all the public schools in the state as many of them lacked furniture for students to sit I can tell you that some students sit on the floor to receive lessons while some other sit on empty soft drink crates In some cases two to three students share a chair in a class This is not conducive for learning Remember learning environment contributes to a successful teaching the teacher said Mr Lawrence Edobor of Free Education Initiative a Benin based Non Government Organisation NGO described the state of infrastructure in public schools in the state as an eyesore Edobor noted that government needed to redouble efforts at to provide facilities in public schools to aid teaching and learning He however commended the state government for training of teachers and upgrading of their skills through the current education reform policy in the state tagged EdoBEST Meanwhile the state Commissioner for Education Dr Joan Osa Oviawe says some people are only being mischievous about the state of classroom blocks and other facilities in public schools in the state When we talk of infrastructure some people want to be mischievous We inherited a large inventory of dilapidated schools and everybody needs to recognise the fact that the erosion of quality in our public schools did not start yesterday It is decades long We are now at a point where Gov Godwin Obaseki has decided to muster the political will to do something about it Often times we hear within the political cycle that if you want to win an election you don t go into improving education because nobody is going to see what you have done People will tell you to construct roads and do flyovers and the electorate will say oh you are doing something But for us we have started We have made progress but we still have a long way to go And what has also not helped matters before now is lack of maintenance culture What was done before this administration we are having to go back to fix them So a few things were put in place in the current work we are doing now the commissioner said In the same vein the Chairman Edo State Universal Basic Education Board Edo SUBEB Mrs Ozavize Salami said government would soon launch a five year infrastructural renewal project to address the situation Salami noted that the state was currently carrying out an infrastructure audit of schools in the state to use the data for the renewal project Maintenance is part of the plan so that schools will not deteriorate at a very high speed like it they did before now Government has realised the work ahead of it and this infrastructural uplift will begin in the next few months she said In Cross River Mr Castro Ezama the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education said that the state of infrastructure in public schools in the state was worrisome The special adviser told NAN in Calabar that the infrastructure in many schools in the state were quite old because government overtime had not really looked into them He says a typical example is Pinn Margaret Commercial Secondary School in Calabar South Local Government Area where the buildings are so poor and the school children have to run shifts One of the biggest challenge we have in this issue is that contractors assigned to carry out various projects collect mobilisation fees and then leave without completing them So all over the state we have abandoned projects in our schools including the Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC projects This is sad because we have an upsurge of population making renovation and expansion imperative We also have the issue of vandalism of the existing infrastructure This is why my office engages communities including the traditional institutions the executives of the Parent Teachers Association PTA and youth leaders in the matter Before putting up new infrastructure it is important to secure existing ones and no one can do it better than the community themselves he emphasised Also the Chairman National Parent Teachers Association of Nigeria NAPTAN Cross River chapter Prof Boniface Ode said the buildings and other facilities in public schools in the state were so poor and needed several interventions According to Odey there are 276 secondary schools in Cross River and many of them especially those in the rural setting lacked roads to access them He said many of the classroom blocks in the schools were outdated dilapidated and even lacked perimeter fence except the ones constructed or refurbished by the PTA One major infrastructural challenge is the lack of laboratories for many of the subjects especially computer Today the children leave the secondary schools and head to the universities after writing the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB examination which is computer based How do we expect these children to do well in this examination without the knowledge of how to operate computer We have government officials who rather than visit the schools just sit in their offices Despite all the advice we have been giving over the years they do nothing while our educational infrastructures decay he lamented Another parent in Asaba Delta Mr Okechukwu James equally said that public schools lacked maintenance Public schools lack maintenance culture and lack of funding has adversely affected the present condition of infrastructure in the schools A sizeable portion of the infrastructure in public secondary schools are in the state of disrepair and there is need for government and stakeholders to maintain them he said NAN
    Parents in South-South lament poor infrastructure in public schools
    Education6 months ago

    Parents in South-South lament poor infrastructure in public schools

    Some parents in majority of the states in the South-South geo-political zone have decried the sorry state of infrastructure in public primary and secondary schools in the rigion.

    Some of the parents in a survey conducted by the News Agency of Nigeria claimed that pupils, especially in the rural areas, still sat on the floor to receive lessons as there were no desks for them to sit on.

    They lamented that the situation was adversely affecting teaching and learning and called on the State Governments to give proper attention to public schools.

    A parent in Eket, Akwa Ibom, Mr Assam Abia, said that some rural schools in the state were dilapidated and lacked basic facilities, including desks.

    “Some schools don’t have desks, chairs and teaching facilities. It is a very sad situation but in urban centres, some of the facilities have been upgraded, rehabilitated and taken care of.

    “At Idung Udoh Primary School in Exeter, the situation is pathetic. Some of the buildings were given to a contractor to repair but it has not not been completed.

    “Though there is free and compulsory education in Akwa Ibom, it is not totality free because the facilities are not in place to ensure that learning and teaching take place effectively.

    “There are no desks and chairs; some pupils bring wrappers to school to sit on the floor,” Abia said.

    He said that there was need for the state government to improve the facilities in primary schools, especially those in the rural areas.

    Abia also called on spirited individuals and NGOs to assist the state government to provide infrastructure in schools.

    Mr Tony Etim said in Uyo that there was no tangible reason why pupils should be sitting on the floor in the 21st century with the resources available to the state.

    “Infrastructure in public schools in Akwa Ibom is not conducive enough for teaching and learning.

    “A visit to some of the schools revealed that there were no seats and even no table for teachers.

    “We have seen buildings and fencing in schools and there is no black board, no desks for pupils. That is not provision of infrastructure in the 21st century.

    “There are no computers for pupils in primary and secondary schools in Akwa Ibom; no training for teachers, no refresher courses to update their knowledge,” Etim said.

    Mr Patrick Titus, an alumnus of Asutan Comprehensive Secondary School, Okop Nduaerong, Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area, however, said that government had tried, but a lot still needed to be done.

    Titus said that it was high time government abolished free education and allowed parents to pay little fees to help in improving infrastructure in schools.

    “Government policy aimed at improving the quality of education is just on paper and not in practice.

    “If you go to public schools you still find buildings, but no desks for pupils to sit.

    “I am an old student of Asutan Comprehensive Secondary School, Okop Nduaerong in Ibesikpo. Recently, we paid a courtesy visit to the school which is almost marking its 50 years anniversary.

    “In the computer laboratory they have, there is no single computer in it, yet the school is preparing students for computer-based testser, ” Titus lamented.

    However, the state government has cotinued to state its resolve to improve on its free primary and secondary school education policy.

    The Commissioner for Education, Mrs Idongesit Etiebet, recently promised that the ministry would get the attention of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to intervene in infrastructure provision in public schools.

    Another respondent and secondary school teacher in Benin, Edo who pleaded anonymity, told NAN some public school buildings were renovated by Gov. Adams Oshiomole’s administration, without providing furniture.

    She said the situation was hampering studies in virtually all the public schools in the state as many of them lacked furniture for students to sit.

    “I can tell you that some students sit on the floor to receive lessons while some other sit on empty soft drink crates. In some cases, two to three students share a chair in a class.

    “This is not conducive for learning. Remember learning environment contributes to a successful teaching,” the teacher said.

    Mr Lawrence Edobor of Free Education Initiative, a Benin-based Non Government Organisation (NGO), described the state of infrastructure in public schools in the state as an eyesore.

    Edobor noted that government needed to redouble efforts at to provide facilities in public schools to aid teaching and learning.

    He, however, commended the state government for training of teachers and upgrading of their skills through the current education reform policy in the state, tagged “EdoBEST.”

    Meanwhile, the state Commissioner for Education, Dr Joan Osa-Oviawe, says some people are only being “mischievous” about the state of classroom blocks and other facilities in public schools in the state.

    “When we talk of infrastructure, some people want to be mischievous.

    “We inherited a large inventory of dilapidated schools and everybody needs to recognise the fact that the erosion of quality in our public schools did not start yesterday.

    “It is decades long. We are now at a point where Gov. Godwin Obaseki has decided to muster the political will to do something about it.

    “Often times we hear within the political cycle that if you want to win an election, you don’t go into improving education because nobody is going to see what you have done.

    “People will tell you to construct roads and do flyovers and the electorate will say ‘oh, you are doing something.’

    “But for us, we have started. We have made progress, but we still have a long way to go. And what has also not helped matters before now is lack of maintenance culture.

    “What was done before this administration, we are having to go back to fix them. So, a few things were put in place in the current work we are doing now,” the commissioner said.

    In the same vein, the Chairman, Edo State Universal Basic Education Board (Edo SUBEB), Mrs Ozavize Salami, said government would soon launch a five-year infrastructural renewal project to address the situation.

    Salami noted that the state was currently carrying out an infrastructure audit of schools in the state to use the data for the renewal project.

    “Maintenance is part of the plan so that schools will not deteriorate at a very high speed like it they did before now.

    “Government has realised the work ahead of it and this infrastructural uplift will begin in the next few months,” she said.

    In Cross River, Mr Castro Ezama, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, said that the state of infrastructure in public schools in the state was worrisome.

    The special adviser told NAN in Calabar that the infrastructure in many schools in the state were quite old because government, overtime, had not really looked into them.

    He says a typical example is Pinn Margaret Commercial Secondary School in Calabar South Local Government Area, where the buildings are so poor and the school children have to run shifts.

    “One of the biggest challenge we have in this issue is that contractors assigned to carry out various projects collect mobilisation fees and then leave without completing them.

    “So all over the state, we have abandoned projects in our schools, including the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) projects.

    “This is sad because we have an upsurge of population, making renovation and expansion imperative.

    “We also have the issue of vandalism of the existing infrastructure. This is why my office engages communities, including the traditional institutions, the executives of the Parent Teachers Association (PTA) and youth leaders in the matter.

    “Before putting up new infrastructure, it is important to secure existing ones and no one can do it better than the community themselves,” he emphasised.

    Also, the Chairman, National Parent Teachers Association of Nigeria, (NAPTAN), Cross River chapter, Prof. Boniface Ode, said the buildings and other facilities in public schools in the state were so poor and needed several interventions.

    According to Odey, there are 276 secondary schools in Cross River and many of them, especially those in the rural setting, lacked roads to access them.

    He said many of the classroom blocks in the schools were outdated, dilapidated and even lacked perimeter, fence except the ones constructed or refurbished by the PTA.

    “One major infrastructural challenge is the lack of laboratories for many of the subjects especially, computer.

    “Today, the children leave the secondary schools and head to the universities after writing the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination which is computer-based.

    “How do we expect these children to do well in this examination without the knowledge of how to operate computer?

    “We have government officials who rather than visit the schools just sit in their offices.

    “Despite all the advice we have been giving over the years, they do nothing while our educational infrastructures decay, he lamented.

    Another parent in Asaba, Delta, Mr Okechukwu James, equally said that public schools lacked maintenance.

    “Public schools lack maintenance culture and lack of funding has adversely affected the present condition of infrastructure in the schools.

    “A sizeable portion of the infrastructure in public secondary schools are in the state of disrepair and there is need for government and stakeholders to maintain them,” he said.


    (NAN)

  •  A philanthropist Ms Oluwakemi Adekanye says she is supporting more than 200 students of Gwarimpa L E A Primary School Abuja with tuition fees new school uniforms and stationeries Adekanye who is also the Chief Volunteer and Founder Okapi Children Cancer Foundation made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Abuja on the sidelines of her birthday She said the gesture was to provide succour to the parents and students in commemoration of her 40th birthday According to her rather than spend her birthday on frivolities she engaged her friends and with their support was able to touch the lives of the children Together we were able to pay school fees and PTA levy for 100 pupils new school uniforms and stationery for 70 Another set of 30 students also got stationery while six staff got a token of N5 000 each she said While stressing on the need to ensure every child had access to quality education the founder urged Nigerians to support the government in that quest It is unthinkable for some children not to have access to education due to poverty in a land of excess If more people can reach out and help others the gap between the haves and the have nots will be reduced Crime and poverty will reduce The world will truly be a better and happier place for us and our children too she said Ms Elizabeth Ekechukwu the school s Head Teacher commended the philanthropist and her friends for the gesture which she said would enable the pupils perform well in their academics Some of the students expressed appreciation to the group reiterating their commitment towards excelling well in their academics NAN reports that some snacks were also distributed to the students as part of the celebration while they danced NAN
    Philanthropist sponsors 200 students in FCT
     A philanthropist Ms Oluwakemi Adekanye says she is supporting more than 200 students of Gwarimpa L E A Primary School Abuja with tuition fees new school uniforms and stationeries Adekanye who is also the Chief Volunteer and Founder Okapi Children Cancer Foundation made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Abuja on the sidelines of her birthday She said the gesture was to provide succour to the parents and students in commemoration of her 40th birthday According to her rather than spend her birthday on frivolities she engaged her friends and with their support was able to touch the lives of the children Together we were able to pay school fees and PTA levy for 100 pupils new school uniforms and stationery for 70 Another set of 30 students also got stationery while six staff got a token of N5 000 each she said While stressing on the need to ensure every child had access to quality education the founder urged Nigerians to support the government in that quest It is unthinkable for some children not to have access to education due to poverty in a land of excess If more people can reach out and help others the gap between the haves and the have nots will be reduced Crime and poverty will reduce The world will truly be a better and happier place for us and our children too she said Ms Elizabeth Ekechukwu the school s Head Teacher commended the philanthropist and her friends for the gesture which she said would enable the pupils perform well in their academics Some of the students expressed appreciation to the group reiterating their commitment towards excelling well in their academics NAN reports that some snacks were also distributed to the students as part of the celebration while they danced NAN
    Philanthropist sponsors 200 students in FCT
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    Philanthropist sponsors 200 students in FCT

    A philanthropist, Ms Oluwakemi Adekanye, says she is supporting more than 200 students of Gwarimpa L.E.A Primary School, Abuja, with tuition fees, new school uniforms and stationeries.

    Adekanye, who is also the Chief Volunteer and Founder, Okapi Children Cancer Foundation, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Abuja on the sidelines of her birthday.

    She said the gesture was to provide succour to the parents and students in commemoration of her 40th birthday.

    According to her, rather than spend her birthday on frivolities, she engaged her friends, and with their support, was able to touch the lives of the children.

    “Together we were able to pay school fees and PTA levy for 100 pupils, new school uniforms and stationery for 70.

    “Another set of 30 students also got stationery, while six staff got a token of N5,000 each,” she said.

    While stressing on the need to ensure every child had access to quality education, the founder urged Nigerians to support the government in that quest.

    “It is unthinkable for some children not to have access to education due to poverty in a land of excess.

    “If more people can reach out and help others, the gap between the haves and the have nots will be reduced.

    “Crime and poverty will reduce. The world will truly be a better and happier place for us and our children too,” she said.

    Ms Elizabeth Ekechukwu, the school’s Head Teacher, commended the philanthropist and her friends for the gesture, which she said would enable the pupils perform well in their academics.

    Some of the students expressed appreciation to the group, reiterating their commitment towards excelling well in their academics.

    NAN reports that some snacks were also distributed to the students as part of the celebration while they danced.

    (NAN)

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