Federal Government has been commended for approval a Federal University to be sited in the Otueke community in the Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
The paramount ruler of the community, HRH Lloyd Ogiasa made the commendation when he received the honourable Minister of State for Education, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi in his palace in Otuoke.
Otueke is the country home of Dr Goodluck Jonathan, Preisdent of Federal Republic of Nigeria. The Minister who was accompanied by the Bayelsa state Commissioner of Education, Chief Josephine Ezonbodor during the visit,was in Otuoke, to inspect the site of the recently approved federal university to be located in the community.
Ogiasa, who was full of appreciation to the government, noted that the establishment of the university would help address the imbalance in the distribution of federal institutions in the nation.
The paramount ruler noted that Bayesla state was one of the few states that lacked a federal university and described Otuoke as an upland community in contrast with most communities in the state that are waterlogged.
He assured the minister of the community’s preparedness to support the project with the donation of 200 hectares of land to enable the government commence the building of its permanent structures. In his response, Gbagi reinstated the commitment of the federal government to expand access to university education to all the geo-political zones in the nation, adding that the government was in a hurry to commence the project which he said was expected to be ready by September 2011, when academic activities are expected to commence.
I want to appeal to you to make this land available urgently to enable the federal government commence the project because we are hoping to start academic activities in the school by September 2011′, he stated.
He disclosed that the federal government recently released a whopping sum ofN1.5 billion as take off grant for each of the: recently approved federal university to enable the project commence in earnest.
The minister, who expressed satisfaction with the location of the site, directed the executive secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) to put the necessary motion in place for the smooth take-over of the land with a view to commencing construction work.
Part of the 200 hectares university site is expected to accommodate the compound of the Gifted Children School, Otuoke, a special children school built by the state government but has since been closed down.
Ikpeazu Charges Stakeholders To Sustain, Improve Gains Made In Education
Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has challenged the state’s Ministry of Education to rise to its co-ordinating responsibility that will build stronger synergy amongst major stakeholders in the education sector.
He said the synergy must align with the global vision of producing children capable of being society’s desirable leaders of tomorrow.
Ikpeazu who gave the charge during a meeting with education managers in the state at his Aba Lodge identified capacity building, conducive learning environment and harmony among the education stakeholders as the leading factors toward the vision of bequeathing qualitative education for Abia children by his administration.
He noted that the setting up of the Continuing Education Center for teachers training, renovation of about 700 classroom blocks, the building of four model schools, procurement of smart boxes to enable Abia State Universal Education Board (ASUBEB) startup with the digital teaching platform for Abia children were all aimed at equipping school children for their future endeavours and enable them compete favourably with their peers.
The Governor also disclosed that plans have already been concluded to establish a Garment Factory within the year in addition to Enyimba Automated Shoe Factory which will produce uniforms and shoes for school children
He described them as motivations towards realising and sustaining high public school enrollment which the State’s School Feeding Programme has achieved.
He also reminded the stakeholders of the need to adopt innovations and technological ways of teaching that will expose the children to the current and dynamic learning trends of today’s world, adding that education is a pillar and enabler to any career which his administration recognised and adopted even to the point of formalising artisanal shoemaking.
Contributing, the Deputy Governor, Sir Udo Oko Chukwu expressed appreciation to the Governor for the immense interest he has shown towards improving the education sector which he described as a paradigm shift to the global challenge, and encouraged the education stakeholders to complement these efforts by restructuring the school system of the state.
Anambra Begins Recruitment Of Primary School Teachers
Anambra State Government has commenced recruitment of 500 teachers into primary schools across the state to enhance teaching and learning.
Chairman, State House of Assembly Committee on Basic Education, Hon. Ejike Okechukwu disclosed this at the House of Assembly complex in Awka during an interactive session between the committee and Head Teachers in Aguata Local Government Education Authority.
He explained that the recruitment exercise would fill the gap created by primary school teachers who had retired from active service and improve the standard of primary education in the state.
He assured that all challenges outlined by the Head teachers hindering the progress of primary schools across the state would be tackled to the barest minimum to ensure the upliftment of education standard in the state.
Okechukwu encouraged the teachers to remain dedicated to duty and shun all forms of sharp practices that could portray the state in bad light.
Reacting, Education Secretary, Aguata Local Government Education Authority, Lady Ijeabalum Obi commended government’s performance in education sector.
She explained that the meeting offered the teachers and the committee the opportunity to brainstorm on ways to sustain the state’s legendary performance in education and tackle issues bordering on teachers welfare.
In a vote of thanks, Mrs. Ebere Nwankwo from Eziagulu Primary School, Ekwulobia appreciated the committee for living up to expectations, pledging the teachers’ preparedness to follow the lawmakers’ directives.
Educationist Wants Early Introduction Of Art To Learners
Director of Studies at Pampers Private School and Rainbow College, Dr. Olayinka Oduwole, has said Art should be introduced to children in the early years as it aids physical, cognitive, and behavioral developments.
Oduwole in a statement made available to The Tide, said Art was a creative expression that nurtures the imagination and allows children to externalise their feelings.
To celebrate Children’s Day this year and improve learners artistic skills, he said the learners of Pampers Private Schools and Rainbow College published a joint e-book titled, “A Collection of Stories by Pampers Private School and Rainbow College.”
“Through painting, sculpture, collage, music, dancing, acting, clay, drawing, or any other medium, art is a way for children to work through emotions, make decisions, and express their ideas. It should be introduced to children in the early years to aid physical, cognitive, and behavioral development. When children work together on art projects, they interact and share with their peers. This collaborative work promotes social learning.”
He explained that children who performed arts regularly had been noticed to control their emotions and expressed the same in productive ways.
“Manipulating art materials provides children with a sense of freedom while encouraging focus and concentration, this informs the rationale for the promotion of art education and creativity as the bedrock of Rainbow College curriculum plan and implementation,” he said.
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