Denmark’s Primary School Children Return To Classes

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen welcomes pupils at Allerslev Skole in Lejre, on the island of Sealand, Denmark, on February 8, 2021, as primary school pupils are back in schools throughout the country. – Primary schools reopen in Denmark on February 8, 2021. (Photo by Mads Claus Rasmussen / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP)

 

Nearly 300,000 primary school pupils in Denmark returned to their classes on Monday after five weeks at home, a first step in relaxing the Nordic country’s strict virus curb measures.

This particular start of the new school year however comes with some sanitary caveats, such as no mixing of different classes to limit transmission.

Meals must be eaten in the classroom, but masks are not compulsory for students and teachers.

“I’m just looking forward to seeing my friends and my teacher again, and then I can’t wait to get rid of my family,” third grader Charlie Boll Ostergaard from Copenhagen told the newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

Denmark’s 5.8 million people have been under a strict partial lockdown regime since Christmas.

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Non-essential shops, bars and restaurants, cultural venues, colleges, high schools and universities are closed and gatherings of more than five people are banned.

The country has seen a reduction in new cases recently, but many of the current restrictions will remain in place for the time being.

“Older students will be able to return to school when we have complete control of the epidemic,” Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said during a visit to a school, without giving any details about the potential timetable.

“Although on the surface the figures look good in Denmark, the British mutation is here and will soon be the most dominant,” she added, referring to the more infectious coronavirus strain discovered in the UK in November.

Denmark recorded 435 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, bringing the total number to 202,306 since the start of the pandemic, with more than 2,200 deaths.

AFP

No Plan To Sack Primary School Teachers In Niger – Gov Bello

Niger State, Abubakar Bello,

Niger State governor, Abubakar Bello has said there is no plan by the government to sack primary school teachers in the state service.

The governor stated this after inspecting the newly established Niger State Professional Teachers Development Institute at Maraban Dandaudu, in Muyan Local Government area of the state.

He denied the reports that the state government is planning to downsize teachers in primary schools after he said many of the teachers in public schools, especially in rural areas are using fake certificates.

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The Niger state government is embarking on establishing Professional Teachers Development Institutes in all the three senatorial districts of the state to help in producing qualified teachers in public schools.

The first of such institute has been established at Mararaban Dandaudu in Munya Local government area.

Nigeria Restores History Into Education Curricula

Nigeria, Education, School, HistoryThe Nigerian Government has reintroduced history as a core subject in the primary and secondary schools’ curricula.

The Federal Government also restored history as a stand-alone course at the tertiary level.

The reintroduction comes after the subject was earlier merged with social studies, following complains that pupils and students no longer like to study the course.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who disagreed with the rational, made the announcement on Thursday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Mr Adamu stated that no nation would progress without recourse to its past.

He added that given the critical nature of Nigeria’s history and the effect it could have on the nation at present and in the future, it has become imperative to reintroduce history as a core subject.

The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education, Folashade Yemi-Esan, on her part, corroborated the minister’s remarks.

She expressed hope that the restoration would help the young citizens learn and appreciate the diversity of Nigeria as a country.

Yemi-Esan added that it would also serve as a medium to reduce the incidences of religious and ethnic intolerance.

Abia Govt. Partners Australian Investors On Education

Abia, EducationThe Abia State government has partnered private investors from Australia to train primary school teachers across the three senatorial zones of the state.

This was disclosed to reporters on Thursday at the Government House in Umuahia, the Abia State’s capital in southeast Nigeria after a private audience between the foreigners and Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.

The leader of the team, Vivian Peters, and her group promised to provide expertise free of charge in line with the global standard in education.

Some Australian educationists, Alder Wood and Sakira Suma, also said that the exercise would be carried out in accordance with the Abia State government’s policy on educational development.

The training, which is expected to kick off immediately would be on classroom management and teachers-students relationship amongst others.

Channels National Kids Cup: Day One Produces 40 Goals

Channels Kids CupThe Channels Kids Cup started on Tuesday with the Onikan Stadium and Campos Square venues producing 20 goals each, as teams outplayed each other for a place in the second round of the preliminaries.

At the end of day one, four teams progressed to the second round of qualifiers at each of the venues.

St. Paul’s Primary School, Lagos Island and Ago-Egba African Church Primary School kicked off proceedings at the at the Onikan Stadium.

As centre referee, Sanni Quadri, signaled the start of the first half, both sides showed their strong intent, as no goals could separate the sides at regulation time and the game headed for penalties, with Ago-Egba edging out St. Paul 4-1.

It was harvest of goals in the day’s second game; Goodness and Mercy Primary School showed no mercy for the boys from Toydam Primary School as they defeated them by 6 goals to 1.

Competition regulars, Toyibat Primary School thrashed debutants Prime Montessorri School 3-1.

Newcomers, Catony Royal sent another debutant, Command Children’s School parking with a 3-1 score line.

The Campos Square venue also produced 20 goals with Ebute Metta Primary School defeating Highscope Primary School 4-2; Dr. Teslim Elias thrashed Future Kids School 7-0; Eunifrance Primary School sent Effortswill Primary School parking with a convincing 5-0 score line and Mercellina International earned a place in the next stage of the competition by beating Perfecter International School 2-0.

Primary School Wall Collapses, Kills Pupil In Ota

The wall of a primary school, Ketu Adiye Owe Primary School, Ado Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun state, South West Nigeria has collapsed, killing a pupil with 4 others sustaining injuries.

The affected classroom, located in an erosion-prone area within the school compound reportedly caved in, while the children were observing their break time.

The injured pupils were said to have been treated in a private hospital before the Local Government Council Chairman, Comrade Rotimi Rahmon, rushed to the school premises shortly after the incident, and directed that they should be taken to the General Hospital.

The Local Government Chairman, who expressed regrets over the unfortunate incident, also directed that the standing wall of the affected classroom be brought down immediately.

He also directed all school headmasters in the LGA to ensure that any structure or object that can endanger pupils are removed from school premises.

He appealed to all residents of the local government to maintain peace as the government would continue to act in the best interest of the people.