Mr Adewuyi Damola, the newly-elected Chairman of the Queen’s College, Lagos Parent Teacher Association (QCPTA) says his priority is to make students of the college to embrace guidance and counselling, to have better career choices.
Damola made the announcement while speaking with the Nigeria News Agency on Monday on his agenda, following his election as chairman of the QCPTA.
He said there was need for urgent improvement of students’ interest in guidance and counselling for better character molding and career development.
Damola said he also planned to make remarkable changes in the operations of the association, to make it to achieve set goals.
According to him, an academic committee will soon be set up to boost academic excellence among students of the 93-year-old institution.
“We have professionals in diverse fields among our parents. So together, we will sit down and map out ways of enhancing teaching and learning for better academic performance of our children.”
NAN reports that Damola polled a total of 455 votes to defeat his opponent, Mr Olu Soyemi, who polled 72 votes.
“I want to say that I feel elated by this result, which is overwhelming. It goes to show the kind of confidence the parents, who have come here in their numbers have in me. It also means more work for me.
“Be that as it may, I will like to say that this victory is for us all, whether win or lose.
“What this means is that we all must come together to make the college to progress by unifying all factions, take it to where it ought to be, retain its legacy and restore its lost glory.
“As a product of Unity School myself and having lived and worked with all tribes and tongues in the federation, I believe, therefore, that the whole essence is about collaboration with all stakeholders.
“We will hit the ground running with major attention on guidance and counselling of the students. We intend to work closely with the guidance and counselling unit.
“We intend to get the unit to participate fully in all the activities of the PTA,” Damola stated.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the School Based Management Committee of the college, Mrs Yetunde Awofunwa, who was an observer during the election described the process as highly transparent, free and fair.
“I will like to commend the PTA caretaker committee for a job well done. In fact, one can only wish that all other PTA elections in schools across the country take a cue from what has happened here today.
“I must salute them for ensuring that the whole thing turned out this way, devoid of all those sharp electoral practices that normally accompany occasions like this.
“All the candidates, went through thorough screening. The voters got accredited in an orderly manner, concluded it on time and the election was freely conducted.
“Indeed they did a good job and deserve a pat on the back,” Awofunwa said.
The Chairman of the caretaker committee, Mr Ahmed Abbas, expressed satisfaction with the level of participation of parents in the election.
According to him, in the three months the committee held fort, parents showed support and commitment in ensuring that a proactive PTA is put in place for the progress of the college.
“When you lead people successfully, you make it easy to govern them. I must say I enjoyed their support while it lasted and indeed, I am quite impressed with the level of their compliance today.
“We hope to see more of this support as we move on with this new executive and hope that they get down to work to take Queen’s College to higher level,” Abbas said.
Edited By: Silas Nwoha
Some parents, on Wednesday, staged a protest at the Government College, Ibadan, calling on Oyo State government to stop the school’s Old Students’ Association from its alleged move to reduce the number of students in JSS I.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the angry parents, numbering about 100, staged the protest at the school’s premises, condemning what they called an attempt by the association to truncate the education of their children in the school.
One of the affected parents, Mr Lekan Ogunrinde, who spoke with NAN, alleged that the association was bent on reducing the number of students who are already in the second term in in JSS I class.
He stated that most of the affected students, who had done first term examination, were now depressed, having learnt that they might be forced to leave the school.
Ogunrinde noted that the students went through due process before being admitted into the school, adding that they should, therefore, not be laid off or relocated to other schools for whatever reason.
“The old students’ association said they wanted to reduce the number of students in JSS I because of inadequate infrastructure.
“They also argued that since they are the ones providing the facilities in the school, they are the authority in that school.
“They said they will regulate the school activities, and on conducting inspection round the school, they said that the number of students was too high and that such cannot be condoned.
“We don’t think the school authorities have any say in this matter because the association is full of the high and the mighty in the society.
“But, we want the government to wade into this matter, as it can destabilise the affected students and negate government policy on education for all,” Ogunrinde said.
Another parent, Mr Ibrahim Arowopoko, said before the students were admitted from the onset, the school management ought to have taken into consideration the available facilities and its capacity.
He said sending students away from the school or relocating them when they are already in their second term would not be fair to them and that it would not yield any result.
“The parents are ready to contribute money to engage PTA teachers, if need be.
“We know that it is a must to spend money on the education of our wards but we don’t want them to be psychologically damaged and hurt because of this issue.
“Let’s work around what is available and ensure that these children, who are the leaders of tomorrow, get the best.
“They did examination to gain admission into the school; we paid N100 for the examination then and later, N10,000 for school uniform and other charges; we don’t want our resources to be a waste.
“Gov. Seyi Makinde should please rise to the occasion and save us from this injustice being perpetrated by the old students of the school,” he said.
Attempts by a NAN correspondent to speak with the Chairman of the old students’ association for Oyo State, Mr Femi Babalola and Mr Yomi Oke, another old student and the immediate past Commissioner for Youth and Sports in the state, however, proved abortive.
While Babalola said that it was only the principal of the school who could speak on the protest, Oke, on his own, said that he knew nothing about it.
When contacted, the state Commissioner of Education, Prof. Daud Shangodoyin, said through a text message that he had not been briefed about the development.
“I have not been briefed by our LIE (Local Inspector of Education) and the principals. At the appropriate time, I will brief the press,” the commissioner said in the text message.
Edited by: Adeboye Ajayi and ‘Wale Sadeeq
The leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State council, has engaged the services of external auditors, Update Consulting, for forensic auditing of its Pen Group of Schools and Guest Houses.
This is contained in a statement issued by the union’s Secretary, Mr Sola Oladapo, and made available to the Nigeria News Agency on Tuesday in Ibadan.
The statement said that the decision to engage the audit firm was reached on Monday at a meeting held with the managements of the schools and the guest houses.
According to the statement, the Ibadan-based audit firm is expected to do a forensic audit of the schools and guest houses between 2017 and 2019.
It said that the firm would work with the newly-constituted committee for a period of one week, beginning from Jan. 8.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that committee has, as its chairman, the state secretary of the union.
Other members are an educationist, Mr Gboyega Ogunsina, the school’s PTA Chairman, Alhaji Wasiu Asekun, the immediate past Assistant Secretary, Pastor Adeola Oduola and Mr Lekan Yusuf, the council’s Administrative Officer.
Also on the committee are Mrs Kemi Afolabi, the school’s Bursar, a school teacher, Mrs Jadesola Ajibola, the State NAWOJ Chairperson, Mrs Femi Odekunle, Mr Jeremiah Oke, the union’s Treasurer, Mr Akeem Abas and Mrs Titi Adeyemi.
Edited by: Remi Koleoso and ‘Wale Sadeeq
Sandamu (Katsina state) Dec 13 2019 Sandamu Local Education Authority (LEA) in Katsina State said that it had jerked up pupils’enrollment into primary and JSS schools by 85 per cent, from the initial 65 per cent recorded in 2018.
Malam Aliyu Tukur, the council’s Education Secretary, made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Sandamu on Friday.
He said the “dramatic increase“ in enrollment cut across all the existing 55 primary schools and JSS schools in the area.
“Even the Girl-child enrollment has moved to 80 per cent from the previous 50 per cent,” he said.
Tukur attributed the development to the recently introduced home grown school feeding programme under which 7,500 pupils were registered for the free feeding programme.
He also attributed the feat to the efforts of the School Based Management Committee (SBMC), parent teachers association (PTA), traditional, religious and community leaders in the area.
The education secretary commended the state government for renovating 20 primary schools and constructing additional classrooms across the eleven existing electoral wards.
He also lauded the efforts of the state government and UNICEF for drilling 45 boreholes and construction of toilets across some of the primary and JSS schools, stressing.
“This positive initiative has seriously improved water supply in our schools.“
He said out of the 580 teachers deployed to the area, no fewer than 400 of them had been promoted to the next grade levels while 45 of them released for further studies.
According to him, the move would motivate the teachers to performed effectively.
“We also commend the National Primary Education Commission (NPEC) for constructing a six-classroom school at Keru village to increase access to education.”
Nigeria News Agency reports that Sandamu LEA had recently received delivery of 6,300 units of pupils books from the world bank under its better education for all programme called (BESDA)
Edited by: Dada Ahmed
The Parents Teachers Association (PTA) has rejected calls for the scrapping of unity schools in the country.
Mr Kefas Kaura, the National President of PTA, made the appeal while fielding questions from newsmen on Tuesday in Keffi, Nasarawa State.
Kaura said unity schools had helped over the years to integrate people from different parts of the country.
He described unity schools as fundamental to national unity, saying that those calling for its scrapping are making a mistake.
“Unity schools have helped in modelling students in character and learning who had letter became great people in this country.
“The products of these schools as at one point of the order served the country and contributed to the socioeconomic development of the country,” he explained.
He noted that as parents, they are stakeholders in the education sector and called on the government to strengthen the schools through proper infrastructural development and improve manpower to man the schools.
“The role these schools play in national unity and peaceful coexistence cannot be quantified hence the need for its sustenance.
“The fact that staff and students are admitted from across the states of the federation is good for the country,” the PTA president said.
He also commended the performance of the students of unity colleges in external examinations over the years and attributed the success to the hard work of the teachers.
He also commended the Principal of Federal Government College, Keffi, Mr Ahmad Sani, for the good work he is doing since he was posted to the school in 2018.
He said that under the principal classes, toilets and hostels, among others, were renovated to ensure conducive environment for students and teachers and advised him to sustain the good work.
The PTA president therefore said they would continue to speak and strive to ensure that the education sector regain its lost glory.
Edited by Muhammad Suleiman Tola
Mallam Yakubu Mohammed the Director General, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), has urged governments at all levels and corporate organisations to support more competitions in arts, science and technology to harness ingenuity among youths
Mohammed, who was represented by Mr Wale Koka, a director in the organisation, made the call in Abuja during the closing ceremony of the 2018 National Children’s Arts, Science and Technology Exhibition organised by the NTA.
The event with the theme: “Achieving Self Sufficiency in Agriculture, Meeting the Challenges of Security and Exposition of Alternative Energy as Pathways to National Development”, had participants drawn from 36 states and the FCT.
He said that the call became necessary in view of the need to identify ingenuity and innate abilities of the Nigerian youths.
“The development of arts, science and technology cannot be left alone in the hands of government, so I employ corporate organisations in the country to support programmes that seek to identify and celebrate creativity,” Mohammed said.
The Director-General said that all NTA stations across the country would be mandated to design programmes that would popularise science and technology education in the country.
According to him, this will stimulate young Nigerians into looking at the benefits of arts, science and technology in nation building.
“This is also in line with the recognition of science and technology education as an imperative for achieving the required change and diversification of our economy for sustainable national development,” Mohammed added.
He stressed that although the projects presented by the participants might appear rudimentary, “they are certainly answers to those numerous challenges in the critical sectors of agriculture, security and alternative energy.”
Mohammed, therefore, tasked the participants to harness their experiences as they returned to their respective states.
Some of the participants told the Nigeria News Agency that the event provided them the needed platform to exchange ideas toward boosting science and technology as well as arts in the country.
Mr Ebiobowei Weyinpriye of Faith International College, Porth Harcourt, Rivers, said that the event exposed him to some other techniques in arts and technology.
“It provided an opportunity for us to showcase what he have and see that of others.
“I could see people sculpting and today I can see it done through mix media. By looking at their art works I have learnt to be more creative,” Weyinpriye said.
Mr Abdulalil Yusuf of Mariano Ajiri International School Katsina urged the organisers of the annual event to sustain it.
“I want the NTA to remain resolute in the decision to continue showcasing this annual harvest of creativity, innovations and intellectual efforts of the children,” Ajiri said.
Government Science and Technical College, Garki, FCT emerged winner of the senior science category while
Child’s Day Memorial Secondary School, Rivers came first in the senior arts category while Boki Kingly took the second position.
Community Secondary School Ntezi, Ebonyi won the first position in the junior arts category and the second position went to excellence International School, Taraba.
Edited by: Grace Yussuf
A Science teacher with Golden Stars Secondary School, Karu, Fatimat Sule, has blamed some parents for the low participation of girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Sule made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Monday in Abuja.
The teacher said it was not surprising to find a lot of girls studying arts and humanities because they had not been encouraged by their parents to study sciences.
She said that parents do not help their daughter’s build confidence in themselves because from childhood they had been conditioned to believe that practical activities were not for girls.
“ You can see it clearly when parents are getting toys for their children, they get cars, bicycle etc for boys and get mostly dolls for the girls.
“ Some young girls in junior secondary school sometimes fail mathematics woefully and you find that some of their parents will encourage them to focus on other subjects and excel in them thereby making them choose other fields such as law and humanities over science and technology.
“ Parents ought to encourage their female children who demonstrate a passion for science and technology instead of giving them other career options,’’ she said.
She also attributed the reason to less women scientists and engineers due to some old stereotypes and beliefs by some parents.
“ In the past, some of our parents believe that as girls or would-be mothers, we will be more stable to raise a family and only do well in arts.
“ I was also made to believe that as a woman, it is better for me to take my art and finance courses seriously because I have safer options for future employment.
“While growing up, I only heard and read of male scientists and I believe even as today that there are very few female role models in sciences, research and technology.
“Everyday while growing up, we hear of scientists as `he’ and nurses, accountants, teachers etc as `she’ and this kind of shaped our thinking and career paths as we grew into adults,’’ she said.
In order to change the mindset of some parents, I also believe the secondary school officials had a role to play by organising exhibitions for parents.
“ Parents should not just be invited for inter-house sports, PTA meetings etc, science exhibitions should also be organised and parents should also be invited and encouraged to be involved,’’ Sule said.
She said that the government had a lot to do to improve the science and technology climate in Nigeria by investing more money in the sector.
“Government has to make the sector more lucrative and attractive to woo investors and employers.
“ The few female scientists in the academics, corporate organisations, etc, should be celebrated for the younger girls to have role models to look up to,’’ she said.
Edited by: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Grace Yussuf
A team of four boys on Thursday defeated a female team of 11 girls in a cooking competition organised by the Holy Family School in Lagos.
The boys’ team was adjudged the winner against the girls’ team after the judges had tasted the dishes prepared by the teams.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the teams prepared fried rice, fried fish and locally prepared ‘Eve’ drink.
However, the girls’ team emerged the winner in the preparation of cassava flake (a.k.a. Eba) and Ogbonno soup, Jollof rice alongside the local drink, Zobo.
The leader of the boys’ team, Edward Akugbe told NAN that the current economic situation had compelled most boys to acquire the cooking skills and other domestic chores.
“My mum told me that it is cheaper that I cook for myself than employing a house assistant or eating foods outside when I become independent,” he said.
According to him, my mother made it compulsory that we sat by her and understudied her whenever she was in the kitchen or doing the house chores.
Also, Favour Noris,16, won the award for being the best dressed and organised cook.
He told NAN that despite being the last born of his parents, his mother included him in the family cooking roaster.
“My mum prepared a cooking roaster that included the boys; and that forced me to learn so much about kitchen management which I applied to my team,” he said.
However, Tope Oladunjoye, 12, and leader of the female team, told NAN that her team lost because they prepared local dishes.
She said that preparing local dishes required more ingredients, techniques and activities.
“We had to grate okra fruits, pumpkin leaves and also blended our tomatoes and pepper with the grinding stone.
“We want to promote our cultural meal, teach ourselves how to prepare it and that made us to miss the first position,” she told NAN.
Meanwhile, the youngest female participant, Esther Orji,9, told NAN that she learnt different cooking methods from her mother.
“Before now, I only knew my mum’s cooking methods and the ones my teacher taught us in school.
“But, the competition has even taught me how to add `Hot dog’ in fried rice preparation,” she said.
The teacher-in-charge of the competition, Mrs Peace Umeorah said the competition had made more positive impacts on the children.
She said that the children came forward willingly to participate because it was a competition where winners would emerge.
“We shall be improving on our employable youths if this exercise is extended to more schools because we shall be producing more chefs,” she said.
The school’s chairman of the Parent-Teacher Association, (PTA), Mrs Ethel Orji, said the exercise had economic gains for the country.
“This type of competition has both economic and social advantage for our children as it will bring about more domestic independence among our youths in future,” she told NAN.
NAN reports that each member of the winning team went away with various gift items while the girls got kitchen utensils.
Edited by: Peter Dada