FG Commits To Tackling Menace Of Unqualified Teachers

Unqualified Teachers, FGThe Nigerian Government has reiterated its commitment to tackling the issue of unqualified teachers as part of efforts to arrest the dwindling fortunes of the nation’s education sector.

The Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, made the declaration at the 61st meeting of the National Council on Education in Abuja.

He said “without adequate and qualified teachers, the goal of having an education system that produces quality graduates who can compete globally, cannot be achieved”.

The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Professor Abubakar Rasheed, also advocated the need for teachers to improve themselves in order to impart quality knowledge.

In a meeting held earlier in September, the education ministry has stated its plan to align with the contemporary world and its focus on education “as an instrument of launching nations into the world of science and technology, with consequential hope of human advancement in terms of living conditions and development of the environment”.

According to the ministry, “a nation develops in relation to its achievement in education”.

Kwara Loses Over N400m To Illegal Recruitment Of Teachers

kwara, labour leaders, salary paymentThe Kwara State Government on Thursday said it lost over 400 million Naira since 2014 due to the illegal recruitment of 516 employees by the State Teaching Service Commission.

In 2015, the Kwara State Government directed the Commission to employ secondary school teachers in the discipline of Mathematics and English to cater for the shortfall across the state.

The Chairman of the panel, Yusuf Daibu, while presenting the panel’s report to the State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed said the panel discovered that the illegal employment of 965 employees instead of the 449 approved by the governor in 2014.

The mandate to recruit 449 teachers was, however, said to have been increased in flagrant abuse of the procedure which prompted the state government to set up an administrative panel of enquiry to determine the actual number of teachers employed.

Mr Daibu said the selection and recruitment were “haphazardly done as there were no records of shortlisted candidates or record of an interview panel that should have formed the basis of the final list of those recruited”.

The panel recommended, among other things, that the recruitment should be reviewed and limited to the 449 by considering “the genuine need of the Teaching Service Commission for additional hands especially in Mathematics, the core sciences and English language”.

The panel also recommended the review of the enabling law establishing the Teaching Service Commission to take care of some structural defects and that the oversight function of the state ministry of education and human capital development on the commission should be enforced.

Governor Ahmed said the panel is part of his administration’s efforts in boosting the quality of education in the state through judicious use of resources while ensuring that the right quality manpower is recruited.

 

A staff of the teaching service commission, who refused to disclose his name, while reacting on the submission of the report noted that even though the public is eagerly awaiting what would be the final outcome of the report, he however pleaded with the governor to temper justice with mercy by not throwing the already employed to the labour market.

Teachers Protest Unpaid Salaries In Bayelsa

Bayelsa Teachers Salaries ProtestSecondary school teachers in Bayelsa State have held a protest to declare their displeasure over unpaid seven-month salaries by the state government.

The teachers took to the major roads to press home their demands before marching to the state secretariat in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital in south-south Nigeria.

They claimed that while other workers in the state have received half month payment three times, they have not received anything.

The teachers also rejected government’s proposition to give them half pay for the month of August on Thursday, insisting that the government must pay them as the other workers.

The Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS) in Bayelsa State, Mr Oyiemi Ebiredeni, said that members of the union had been battling to survive, as a result of unpaid salaries.

The Commissioner of Education, Mr Markson Fefegha, told Channels Television that the executives of ASUSS and the state government had different understanding with regard to the agreement reached during their private meeting.

FG’s N-Power Job Portal Records 400,000 Registrations In 36 Hours

N-power, Job PortalThe newly launched job portal of the Federal Government “N-Power. gov.ng,” has recorded over 400,000 successful registrations since it opened for submissions on Sunday, June 12, 2016, the Job Creation Unit in the Presidency says.

“We have been very impressed by the enthusiastic response to the call for applications. As at noon on Monday June 13, only 36 hours after the launch of the portal, 403, 528 applicants had successfully registered on the site and were in the middle of completing the application process,” said the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation, Mr Afolabi Imoukhede.

“We are also very pleased that the registrations have been taking place without any hitches or system failures, considering the volume of response.

“All together the website has received over 35 million hits since Saturday midnight.”

The Jobs Scheme, known as ‘N-Power’, is one of the five initiatives of the Social Investment Programmes of the Federal Government of Nigeria, described by President Muhammadu Buhari in his Democracy Day Speech as “by far the most ambitious social protection programme” in Nigeria’s history.

The Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, in the Office of the Vice President, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Monday, reiterated President Buhari’s promise that the application process would not only be structurally robust, transparent and fair, the selection process that will follow would also be based on objective criteria that has nothing to do with party affiliations.

Unemployed Nigerians both graduate and non-graduates would be drawn from across the country on state-by-state basis in the final analysis.

A total sum of 500 billion Naira has been provided for the programme in the 2016 budget, an unprecedented development in Nigeria’s budget history.

N-Power is designed to help young Nigerians acquire and develop life-long skills to become solution providers in their communities and to become players in the domestic and global markets.

It is expected to provide employment opportunities for 500,000 graduates as teachers, agriculture extension advisers, healthcare assistants, and civic and adult education instructors in communities across Nigeria.

There will also be a pool of 100,000 software developers, hardware service professionals, animators, graphic artists, building services professionals, artisans and others.

Applications for the scheme commenced on Sunday June 12 on the portal after which screening and shortlisting will be carried out.

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.

Oshiomhole Says Not Bothered By Teachers’ Failure To Attend Test

Adams OshiomholeWhile commending the Union of teachers in Edo State for protecting its interests and supporting him during the elections that made him governor, Adams Oshiomhole has said he would rather lose his job than “keep it and fail to use it to secure the future”.

“Edo State government will not retain in its employment, anyone whose suitability in a classroom has not been ascertained,” he warned.

This is coming after majority of the teachers in the State failed to turn up at the assessment test conducted to determine the training needs of the teachers.  Oshiomhole further promised to forge ahead in his quest for better education for Edo students as “leadership requires courage to do what you are convinced about particularly when it is informed by the good of the people”.

Appearing on Sunrise, Oshiomhole explained that the test was in a bid to assess the teachers and determine what kind of training they would need to be able to deliver their best. However, “the unions have made it a big issue”, he noted.

He stressed that the educational foundation laid for Nigerian students will determine the future of the nation, adding that even “the poorest of the poor must have at least a sound basic education, which in Nigeria we call Universal Basic Education.”

He explained that the reason why his administration grants free education for students up to the secondary level is to give the foundation to build their lives on.

He complained of the State’s inability to boast of its teachers despite the investments made in building schools and ensuring that children have access to education at no cost. According to the governor, a student had complained of teacher’s absence during school hours, while he was on a visit to one of the schools in the State.

Teachers had been absent from classes on the average of two out of five days while many did not resume at the specified time.

Despite his stern warning to the teachers, Oshiomohle expressed hope that those unwilling to take the assessment test would change their minds after seeing how those who did are treated.

“Some people have done the test. We are waiting to see the results. By the way we treat them; I hope others would recognise that this whole thing is not about punishment.”

Anglican Primate Says Prosperity Sermon Is ‘Half Truth’

The Primate of the Anglican Church of Nigeria, Nicholas Okoh has condemned the emergence of the ‘get rich quick’ sermon that is the rave of most Pentecostal Churches in the country.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s programme, View From The Top, Mr Okoh said this was not the foundation that was laid by the missionaries who introduce Christianity in Nigeria.

He described as half-truth these sermons by pastors whose aim is for their personal advancement and enrichment.

The Primate said, “It’s not part of the way we started, it was not part of what the missionaries delivered to us, but all of a sudden the teachings on ‘if you follow me you will become wealthy’, ‘If you follow me within six months, you don’t have a Mercedes, then that is not my God’ ‘You either change the church or the church will change you’ something like that.

“At best this is half-truth, in the sense that it is true that God is the owner of everything, God is the owner of the universe, the oil we are harvesting in Nigeria and selling internationally market everywhere and making billions out of it is God’s property so God is rich, stupendously rich so his children are rich also, we are princes, we are princesses, but that does not mean there are no moral underpinnings, everything is ok and people can even steal and do thanksgiving you know is not right”

He said, “so I think that to counter this kind of thing, religious preachers and teachers must preach what is noble, what is helpful, what can build a being, what is realistic, what is biblically acceptable.”

NULGE Plateau out to discredit Jang’s administration — Political Analyst

As the face off between National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) and the state government of Plateau state linger on, it’s rippled effect is being felt by the  children in the state as schools have been closed due to the striking local government employees in the state and on the part of the Plateau state government the neglect of  ways to resolve the issue.

And seven months running, the State governor  Jonah Jang according to the State planning commissioner Plateau state; Pamson Dagyat signed an agreement with the local government employees to give them 50% of the current minimum wage being paid to the State government employees which is N18,000.00 but also stated that an increment can occur for the local government employees only when there is an increase in the revenues generated by the local government and this the local government body latched upon to foment trouble with the state government by going on strike.

Governor Jonah Jang on seeing that there was resolution in sight, decided to offer the union a 1 per-cent increment to the 50 per-cent allotted them but it was turned down by the union and this was by the fourth month according to the testimony of the planning commissioner.

Political analyst; Nelson Shey said the NULGE plateau is an example of people trying to pull down the government of the day despite efforts by the ruling government to satisfy them, while the Director Centre for Advocacy of Justice and Rights; Gad Peter said although his agency has decided to step into the crisis rocking the state so as to put things in place in the state again but he feels the missing link is the lack of communication.

Ekiti Education Reform: State teachers to undergo competency assessment

The Ekiti state governor has denied the rumours of sacking some principals that failed the examinations conducted for teachers last year.

Governor Fayemi stressed that the teachers’ development assessment programme is to improve the education sector which the state is renowned for.

He also emphasized that rather than sack the teachers, most of them have been elevated but others have been encouraged to give their best to raise the standard of education.