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Dickson’s Relocates COE To Sagbama

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Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson  has relocated the State College of Education from Okpoama in Brass local government area to Sagbama, saying that the decision was done in the best interest of the state.

The Governor stated this when Okpoama Kingdom Council of Chiefs in Brass Local Government Area of the state visited him at Government House, Yenagoa.

Governor Dickson, who was reacting to a protest letter presented to him by the people of Okpoama to relocate the teachers’ training institute back to Okpoama, said the decision was taken by government to place the college in a more strategic area where it can be easily  accessed as well as achieve its objectives within record time.

The Governor, said that soon the minimum requirement for teachers in the state will be the National Certificate of Education (NCE), explained that government is poised to ensure the commencement of academic work at the college as soon as possible.

He urged the people  to see government’s decision as one done in the interest of the people without malice, fear or favour.

He disclosed that the Maritime Academy which will take the place of the College of Education would be a world class facility where people can be trained in maritime activities.

The Governor described Okpoama as ideal for the academy project due to its strategic location, adding that the institute when fully established would play a very leading role in the training of the manpower needed in the maritime industry.

Commenting on the Nembe-Brass Road Project, which contract has been revoked Dickson said Julius Berger has been invited to do a costing of the road project and that soon government would re-award the contract to a more competent firm.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Okpoama Kingdom Council of Chiefs, Chief Wapaebinyo Amade-Obasi, said the visit was to appeal to the State Government to rescind its decision to relocate the College of Education.

According to him, the people have made so much sacrifice towards the establishment of the College noting that it had to relocate the secondary school that was in place for the purpose of the college.

He also called on the state government to complete the Nembe-Brass road to link the Brass Island to the rest of the country and the world, stressing that the people would benefit from the gesture.

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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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