Education Development: Katsina Govt. Meets With UNICEF Representatives

Katsina State Governor, Bello Masari, has estimated that his administration needs about 45 billion Naira to reposition the education sector in the state.

According to him, low school enrollment is a major concern for his administration.

He said 13,000 classrooms need to be constructed while at least 15,000 teachers need to be employed.

The Governor highlighted the requirements when he received a team from the United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF).

The UNICEF officials, as well as gender activists were drawn from nine states in northern Nigerian which include: Bauchi, Niger, Kebbi, Adamawa, Borno, as well as Yobe, Zamfara, Sokoto and Katsina states.

The representatives were gathered together to renew their push for increased girl-child education in northern Nigeria.

They also used the opportunity to ask the governor to invest in free education and encourage it up to the secondary school level.

In response, he noted his administration’s commitment to achieving the vision, stating that to that end, careful planning and judicious application of resources are essential.

Education Development: Ajimobi Introduces Schools Governing Boards

Education Development: Ajimobi Creates Schools Governing BoardsIn its relentless pursuit of better academic ratings for Oyo State, Governor Abiola Ajimobi, has created a Schools Governing Board, for secondary schools in the state.

This according to him would help in bridging the gap of deficiencies and improve academic standard.

Governor Ajimobi also said that the newly introduced SGB would better connect the government and the community in the management of various public secondary schools in the state.

He stated that the board would be managed by various stakeholders such as community leaders, old students associations, principals and head boys/girls of each school.

The governor stressed that new performance targets have been set to make automatic promotion impossible for pupils in the state, adding that this step would complement other firm approaches towards reclaiming the lost glory of the state education sector as well as improving its quality.

The stakeholders, who were part of the guests at the Town Hall Meeting, held at the International Conference Center, University of Ibadan, where the new education policy was launched by the state governor, believe that the initiative would indeed revive the education sector.

Governor Ajimobi, while launching the policy, restated his administration’s resolve to rebuild the education sector and put a stop to poor academic performance by public school students.

He also stressed that the condemnation against students arsonists should be collective as the burning and destruction of classrooms and school properties were acts that even parents should not condone.

Furthermore, he noted that it is shameful that Oyo State that hosts the first University in the country is performing woefully in public examinations.

He therefore called on all stakeholders to come together and condemn the criminal tendencies of students who burned classrooms and destroyed public properties, while also protesting the policy against mass promotion in some parts of the state.

Governor Ajimobi called for an all-inclusive stakeholders support, stressing that the state government is open to support from old students, technocrats, community leaders and other sources for the development of education in the state.

The Commissioner for Education in the state, Professor Adeniyi Olowofela, explained that the new policy would allow proper monitoring.

Speaking on behalf of other traditional rulers in the state, the Onpetu of Ijeru, Oba Sunday Adediran, commended the efforts of Oyo State government in finding solutions to what he called the fall in standard of education in the state through automatic promotion.

The governor also spoke of the crisis at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso (LAUTECH).

He assured them that it would soon be over as the fact finding panel set up by the governments of Osun and Oyo to resolve the imbroglio would submit its report before the end of month.

Reacting at the end of the town hall meeting, Secretary of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Comrade Niyi Akano, said that the teachers’ union expressed delight that the State government gazetted the School Governing Board Model as the body NUT had been part of the program’s initiation.

He called on the government to increase the level of in-service training for teachers, towards capacity improvement and also employ due process in recruitment to ensure quality.

Abia Government To Build Model Schools, Improve Education

abia-state-governor-okezie-ikpeazuThe Abia state government has approved the building of two model schools in three senatorial zones, which it says would be fully equipped with facilities, aimed at improving education in the state.

Addressing newsmen in Umuahia, the Commissioner for Information, Bonnie Iwuoha, hinted that the government is not pleased with some of the learning facilities in the state.

He decried the state of infrastructural decay in most of the schools, especially in the rural areas.

Mr Bonnie stated the intentions of the government at the three senatorial zones (Abia North, Abia Central and Abia South).

“The schools which the state government intends to erect in the three senatorial zones of the state, would have modern school buildings and classrooms equipped with 21st century learning facilities.”

According to him “the government is determined to restore the quality of schools in Abia state and make education one of the pillars of sustaining growth.

“I want to confer to you that the desire to erect more than two modern schools is something the governor would want to do but the financial constraint can only take two schools at a time.

“As the economy improves, others would be built,” he stated.

NUT Warns Against Unpaid Teachers’ Salaries

NUT, Teachers' SalariesThe national leadership of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) has warned against the non-payment of salaries and other entitlements of teachers in most Nigerian states.

The NUT President, Micheal Olukoya, gave the warning on Tuesday during an emergency National Executive Council meeting of the union in Kaduna State, northwest Nigeria.

He stated that such situation, if not properly addressed, could lead to an industrial dispute.

Mr Olukoya described the situation where teachers in some states were not being paid their salaries as totally unacceptable.

He appealed to the government at level to take the welfare of teachers in the country more seriously and ensure that their welfare was given proper attention in the interest of education development in Nigeria.

The NUT President equally expressed displeasure with the autonomy granted to the local governments in the management of primary school teachers’ salaries, rather than allowing the Universal Basic Education Board in each state to perform such function as enshrined in the law.

He urged the Federal Government to recruit only qualified teachers it promised to employ in 2016, noting that anything short of the right requirement for those employed might jeopardise the future of young Nigerians.

Olukoya further voiced his support for the ongoing strike by teachers in Bayelsa State as he pleaded with the state government to settle the six months unpaid teachers’ salaries.

The NUT members, on their part, emphasised that that the role of teachers to national development was one that could not be toyed with by any government.

They asked the Federal and state governments to urgently address all outstanding issues that could lead to any industrial action.