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Students Of Govt Schools Cry For Attention

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While some government primary schools in Rivers State are receiving adequate attention with the construction of classrooms and provision of modern amenities to enhance proper teaching and learning activities, students and teachers in government secondary schools are crying for attention owing to the deplorable condition under which they are forced to operate.

Investigations by The Tide reveal that Comprehensive Secondary School, Borikiri, Port Harcourt boasts of 10 chairs for a class of 100 students in JSS1B, similar thing applies to the other 12 arms of JSS 1 in the school.

Also, JSS 2A has chairs for only 8 students in a class of 96.

The situation is more pathetic in the SSS classes, which have dilapidated roofings, no windows and doors, even as 80 students occupy a small room as a class room.

When The Tide visited the school on Friday, the principal of the senior secondary school was not available but the principal of the junior secondary school, Mrs Preye Brown, stated that a representation had been made to the Universal Basic Education (UBE) Board and that they are waiting for their response.

At Community Secondary School, Nkpolu, Oroworukwo, students were seen sitting on window frames, with some standing outside looking through the windows while some were seated on the floor while receiving lectures. The same thing is applicable in Comprehensive Secondary School, Borokiri.

Some students who spoke to Tide The stated that in addition to lacking teachers in several subjects, there is congestion of students in classrooms fit for an average of 20 students.

Some of the science students also complained of lack of laboratory.

The Tide’s Education findings at the Post Primary Schools Board also revealed that schools at the remote areas suffer even more.

The source in the Board who spoke on condition of anonymity, stated that at Government Secondary School, Ekede in Andoni Local Government Area, only the principal, vice principal and two teachers handle all the subjects from JSS1 to SSS III.

At County Secondary School, Kula in Akuku-Toru LGAs, only the principal and vice principal undertake all the subjects from JSS1 to SSS III.

The source continued that this situation is similar in most of the interior schools, particularly, the riverine areas.

“How can students from this schools compete favourably in the SSCE and NECO with schools that are better in terms of having more teachers and better classrooms,” the source asked rhetorically.

Also, The Tide source revealed that at GSS Umuagbai, they have dilapidated classrooms which compelled them to use the Assembly hall for all classes. This is in addition to the lack of teachers handling various subjects.

Attempts to reach the state Commissioner for Education, Dame Alice Lawrance Nemi to comment on teh situation proved abortive.

Further attempt to speak with the Permanent Secretary, Mr Richard Ofuru, also did not yield any result as the head of public relations said the permanent secretary was not on seat.

 

Sogbeba Dokubo

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UNIOSUN Appoints VC After Controversy

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The Governing Council of Osun State University (UNIOSUN) has announced Prof. Odunayo Clement Adebooye as the fourth substantive Vice Chancellor of the University.
Adebooye’s appointment comes about two months after his predecessor, Prof. Labode Popoola completed his tenure (November 4, 2021) as a result of controversy that dogged the selection process.
A statement by the university’s Public Relations Officer, Ademola Adesoji, quoted the Governing Council Chairman, Mallam Yusuf Ali (SAN) as saying that the selection process that produced the Professor of Plant Physiology was rigorous.
“The Council was able to exert rigorous efforts and sacrifice in the appointment procedures, which culminated in the appointment of Prof. Odunayo Clement Adebooye. We believe that he possesses the attributes to move the University forward and write a fresh chapter in the journey to achieve the dreams of the founding fathers of the University”, he said.
Born on December 18, 1966, Adebooye has spent over two decades at UNIOSUN as a member of the Governing Council, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Provost/Dean, Director, and Head of Department among others.
He has been a Visiting Professor to many universities in Nigeria, and abroad (Germany, Canada) and provides services for the United Nations.

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RSUBEB Tasks Staff On Reorientation

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As part of efforts to achieve maximum input and output at workplace for 2022 service year, the management of the Rivers State Universal Education Board (RSUBEB) has held a rededication service for staff to re-orientate them on the expected service delivery goals this year.
The rededication service with the theme: ‘You Are the Light of the World’ was attended by the commissioners, directors, heads of department, teaching and non-teaching staff at the board’s headquarters in Port Harcourt, over the weekend.
Delivering his brief exhortation, the President, Rivers Baptist Conference, Rev EbifaWoko, who spoke on the theme of the event, described staff of the board as light bearers, saying that they were expected to provide radiance to those who would require their services.
Woko, who took his Bible reading from the Gospel Book of Mathew 5:14-16, told RSUBEB staff that as light bearers, they were expected to establish good relationship in their various office responsibilities, and be a source light that extinguishes darkness.
“The light we are talking is knowledge that will turn around the board and bring efficient and effective service delivery.
“When you subject the light unto your comfort zones alone, you are shutting the door of service from others. You shortchange and compromise on standards of the organisation. Let your lights be on the lamp stand so as to be on the positive side, and promote good direction at the workplace”, he stated.
Earlier in an interview with newsmen, the Executive Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, VenFynefaceAkah said the essence of the rededication service was to re-orientate the staff on good moral conduct for service delivery, while appreciating God for His benevolence last year.
According to him, when things are done in God’s ways and pattern, it would reflect on both the individual and organisation, adding that great success and achievement would be accomplished.
“People who come in contact with you should feel satisfied and not the other way round. God should be seen and reflect in our character as we serve in our respective duties”, he stated.
Highlight of the event was special prayers offered for the leadership of the country, state security services as well as the RSUBEB.

By: Akujobi Amadi

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Firm Charges Stakeholders On Teachers’ Training

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Telecommunication Company, 9mobile, has advised stakeholders in the education sector to invest in training of teachers in order to instill quality education in pupils and students.
Executive Director, Regulator and Corporate Affairs, 9mobile, Mr Abdulraham Ado, stated this at a one-day Train The Trainer Workshop for teachers within the Lagos State Education District III comprising Lagos Island and Eti-Osa Local Councils.
Represented by the Public Relations Lead, , 9mobile, Chineze Amanfo, stated that 9mobile was committed to prioritising the interest of the youths and would continue to invest in initiatives that impacted their development.
Ado said the workshop titled, ‘Understanding Affirmative Communication and the Emotional and Psychological Needs of a Child’, was aimed at equipping teachers with the skills to manage and influence the upcoming generation of students to be future agents of positive change.
He said, “Some months ago, we held a career counselling session for students of Akande Dehunsi Senior Secondary School on making career choices”.
we are back with a train the trainer workshop for teachers. Besides guiding students in academics and extracurricular activities, teachers play a critical role in shaping a child’s future.
He continued
“this has informed the decision to put this session together according to 9mobile’s focus on education as one of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS) pillars. We recognize the efforts of our teachers, and we are here today to further encourage and equip them with skills that will further enhance their effectiveness and impact.”
One of the facilitators, a trained counselor and therapist, Emike Oyemade, advised the teachers to develop an effective communication strategy with their learners.
“As teachers, your style of communication must align with modern reality. You must learn to speak and understand your students’ language, use the right words to impact and influence them, and connect to correct where mistakes have been made.’’
A certified life coach and management trainer, John-Mabun Adesoga, said , “You cannot deliver well if you do not see your students as your children. Understanding the psychological and emotional needs of your students is a skill, and you must be deliberate about it.

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