In line with the empha
sis placed by education authorities on more practical education, students of the Rivers State Polytechnic, Bori have developed and produced the institutions own brand of paints, awaiting the approval of the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) before they is commercialised.
The Rector of the school, Sir Obianko Nwolu-Elechi made this revelation recently at the 18th-20th convocation lecture of the school in Bori.
In his opening speech, he t emphasised that the school authority’s focus on technical education, as is usually peculiar to polytechnic, noting that the result was the production of the paint.
While noting that emphasis on technical education in Nigeria in the last two years has become over-whelming, he stated that “in all the five or four common wealth Association Conferences, this had been the focal point, and ours cannot be an exception.
“Today we are re-examining the role that Polytechnics are supposed to play in the technical development of Nigeria.
“In this Bori Polytechnic, there is a Paradym Shift from mere academic resources, to practical issues, because we are aware that Polytechnic System of education is more of practical orientation than academic exercise,” he said.
The Rector also revealed that in addition to the Paint, Staff and students of the School have also produced other items that have been sent for scrutiny and subsequent approval by relevant authorities in Abuja.
He stated that when the SON Confirms the Paint as having met the required standard, everything will be made possible “for us to commercialise the production of the paint.
“That is the little we think we can contribute to society, and we have encouraged our staff and students that all hands must be on deck to ensure effective realisation of our dreams.
Last week Wednesday. 27 law makers loyal to Governor Chibuike Amaechi issued a statement to condemn the expulsion of some commissioners from the PDP. According to them, the reasons, methodology and procedures that led to these pronouncements are unconstitutional by reasons of Article 21 (4) (5) (6) of the constitution of the People Democratic Party.
On Thursday last week National Assembly members together with, local government chairman of the PDP, the Rivers State Executive Council and local government Chairman in the 23 councils formally announced their boycott of the PDP Mini-convention billed to held last Saturday at Abuja.
Speaking unbehalfof each of the group were, Honourable Asita for National Assembly members, Dr Tammy Danagogo of Rivers Executive Council, Chimbiko Akawlo Spoke for the council chairman, while Samuel Horsfall for Party Chairmen.
Asita gave reasons for the boycott and said, “we are worried about the rascality which activities of the party is carried out in Rivers State, we are aware that the Mini-convention is on Saturday and we had hoped that the party at the centre take steps to put things right. Having watched over time our party gliding into disrepute.”
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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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