Four private secondary schools have swept the 2011 Bayelsa Science Quiz Competition organised by the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria’s joint venture last Thursday in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.
The company put together the third annual quiz competition in a series in collaboration with the Bayelsa State Ministry of Education, Intel Corporation, Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (STAN), and Cinfores, an educational non-governmental organisation.
The four were among the seven private schools that slogged it out with 17 public schools in the state in the painstaking rounds of the finals of the academic and intellectual contest for the coveted trophies and cash prizes.
The high-flying private schools are Divine Comprehensive Academy, which clinched the first best spot; Belary Schools, Yenagoa, with the second position; New Total Child Academy, Yenagoa, singing home with the third position; while Winners International Academy, Yenagoa came fourth, ahead of 20 others which scaled the series of sessions, culminating in the final rounds last Thursday in Yenagoa.
Speaking shortly before the presentation of prizes to the winners, Vice President, HSE and Corporate Affairs, Shell Sub-Saharan Africa, Tony Attah, said the competition was aimed at ensuring that children in Bayelsa State develop keen interest in the sciences, adding that the joint venture partners were more than ever before ready to encourage the students to pursue science subjects at tertiary levels of education.
Attah noted that the dividend of the collaboration has been manifest in the good performance and tremendous improvement of students from Bayelsa State in the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), National Examinations Council (NECO), and the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examinations, particularly in the sciences in the last two years.
The vice president stated that as one of the most focus areas in Shell’s social performance delivery strategy, huge investments in education have resulted in several initiatives, including the web-based science and mathematics learning programme called skoool.ng in partnership with Intel Corporation and Education Trust Fund (ETF), the upgrading of infrastructure and construction of new secondary schools, as well as award of scholarships to more than 300 students from Bayelsa State annually.
Also speaking, Bayelsa State Education Commissioner, Prof Tuemi Asuka, said that although Shell has contributed significantly in improvements in the education sector by building classroom blocks and laboratories and distributing textbooks, laboratory equipment and other reading aids to public schools in the state, the company has scored more marks by being the first corporate body to institute a comprehensive capacity building initiative, comprising the teachers in a re-invigorating development programme and the students in a brain-duel science exhibition and competition.”
The education commissioner tasked both beneficiary teachers and students to demonstrate to others at their respective schools that they have added new knowledge and skills to their work, and show courage confidence in their teaching and learning business so as to help in eradicating examination malpractices and cultism.
Mob Kills College Female Student
A female student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, has been killed and her body set ablaze in a mob attack by students of the institution over alleged blasphemy.
A source who spoke with newsmen in the state confirmed that the deceased, named Deborah Yakubu, was alleged to have used blasphemous language.
According to the source, “she was having an argument with some of her schoolmates over their ongoing examination and when she was asked how she managed to pass her exams, she said it was Jesus.
“She was asked to withdraw the statement and apologise which she refused.
The school security intervened, and took her to their post but they were overpowered by students after which she was killed in the process.
“After killing her, her body was burnt on the school premises,” he added.
Meanwhile, authorities of the school have closed down the school and asked all the students to vacate the school premises immediately.
ASUU Strike: Buhari Begs Lecturers To Consider Students
President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to end the lingering strike.
Buhari urged ASUU to consider the plight of the students and call off the industrial action.
The President made the appeal at the 19th National Productivity Day celebration and Conferment of National Productivity Order of Merit Award, held at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja.
He also urged the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to exercise patience as the government tries to resolve the crisis.
Buhari recalled his February 1 directive to His Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, the Ministers of Education and Labour and Employment, Adamu Adamu and Chris Ngige, respectively, to address the concerns of the striking aggrieved workers’ unions.
ASUU has been on strike since February 2022.
But ASUU last Monday extended its ongoing roll-over strike by another three months.
The body is demanding funding for the revitalisation of public universities, the Earned Academic Allowances, the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) and promotion arrears.
Others include the renegotiation and implementation of the 2009 ASUU-FG Agreement and the inconsistency in the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System.
IAUE Graduates First Set Of B SC Students As Over 3,000 Students Pass Out Of University
Ignatius Ajuru University of Education has graduated its first set of Bachelor of Science degree students from the University, last Friday.
Speaking shortly after the ceremony in an interview with The Tide, a father, who is also a retired staff of The Tide, Newspaper, Mr Urang Job Ogotute stated that for the first time, the university has produced the first Bachelor of Science Batch of Computer Science and other fields.
Ogotute, explained that before, it was only in Bachelor of Education, saying: “Today, the school has metamorphosed in other level of degrees, which is better.
He expressed joy to witness the son’s graduation as well as the rapid development that the IAUE has brought into the state, while thanking the Rivers State Government, and other leaders in the state including the governing council, the Senate, which have made it possible for other degrees like B.Sc and not only B.ED to be offered in an educational institution of this nature.
Also speaking in an interview with The Tide, Best Graduating Student In the Human Kinetic, Mrs Favour Chinonyorem Anosike , who hails from Abia State stated that the university does not play with hard working students, noting that the evidence is a cash of one million naira (N1,000.000) given to her today as the best graduating student in her department.
Anosike stressed the need for students to be hard working, saying: “Hard work pays a lot, my journey thus far was a rough and tough one, as a young lady, newly married to combine family affairs with rigorous studies, night and day was not really easy, but am happy today that my efforts were not a waste.
“As you can see, it pays me double my certificate plus an additional N1million in my name. To God alone I give all the praise, for grace, wisdom and knowledge granted me to emerge best in my department,” Anosike added.
In his reaction, one of the graduating students in Computer Science, Irionu Ogotute who graduated from the Faculty of Natural and Applied Science: Computer Science charged those that are contemplating to either further their education or not to believe in themselves as well as in God.
Ogotute stressed that help always comes from God if only they decide to pursue the academic endeavours, God will always make them achieve their dreams.
“I thank God for being alive to witnessed a day such as this. I thank God for making today a reality. I want to advice others, especially those who are confused about the way life is treating them to never give up but should believe in themselves and in God as with God you can achieve whatever you want to achieve in life.
“Hard work pays, so never give up on your dreams and aspirations, God will help you surmount those challenges of life and you will come out successful.
By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana
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