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We Are Not Striking For Salary- ASUU Boss

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The striking lecturers of Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Nkpolu, Port Harcourt have said that they are not demanding for double or consolidated salary from the Rivers State Government.

Chairman of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in the state university, Dr. Felix Igwe who made the clarification in exclusive interview with The Tide in Port Harcourt last week explained that the lecturers are demanding for the implementation of the agreement reached between the federal government and ASUU for federal and state universities since 2009.

Dr. Igwe further said that a section of the agreement deals with salary structure in the university system in the country including state owned universities.

Besides, he pointed out that there are sections of the agreement which stipulate how university should be adequately funded depending on the students enrolment and programmes run by the university.

Others include establishment of budget monitoring committee to be drawn from representatives of students union, academic and non-academic staff and university governing council, retirement age for professors and health insurance scheme among others.

Describing the agreement as all inclusive for the proper running of the university system the ASUU boss said it was wrong for anybody to narrow their agitation to money or any other favour from the government.

The ASUU boss, however, assured that the striking lecturers are ever ready to dialogue with the state government in order to end the four months old industrial dispute now rocking the university.

Also, he claimed that inspite of the favourable disposition of ASUU for dialogue on the implementation of the agreement, no government official had approached the union in any dialogue as to how to resolve the industrial dispute.

Although, he acknowledged that strike was not the best option to address the matter but said the union adopted it when the union allegedly exhausted all avenues to prevail on the government.

“We are saying that given that it is possible that all aspects of the agreement may not be implementable immediately, we can dialogue to agree that this is what you can implement now and this is what you can implement later”, Dr. Igwe emphatically stated.

Dr. Igwe used the opportunity to thank members of  Rivers State Advisory Council for intervening in the matter while appealing to other stakeholders in the state to join hand in saving the university from being isolated by other universities in the country which are centrally regulated.

Isaac Nwankwo

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Ikpeazu Charges Stakeholders To Sustain, Improve Gains Made In Education

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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.

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Anambra Begins Recruitment Of Primary School Teachers

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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.

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Educationist Wants Early Introduction Of Art To Learners

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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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