Executive Secretary of
the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Alhaji, Dikko Suleiman has called on all state Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEBS) to complete the series of trainings earmarked for their Quality Assurance Officers since 2014 towards attaining the aims and objectives of the Universal Basic Education (UBE) Programme in Nigeria.
Alhaji Suleiman, who was represented by the Deputy Director, Quality Assurance, UBEC, Mr Sylvester Eyinnaya who made the call at the closing of a five-day training programme for Quality Assurance officers on Friday, organised by the Rivers State UBEB, said the training is intended to have lots of positive impact in school’s inputs, processes and outputs.
Quality Assurance,” he said, is committed to improving all aspects of educational quality, recognised and measurable learning outcomes as well as contributing to the achievements of acceptable standards that are maintained and enhanced through human and materials resources of good quality.
“This training, with the theme: “Strengthening the Capacity of Quality Assurance Officers for Effective Service Delivery”, is coming up at a time that it has become imperative that we must improve on our service delivery and that our service should have quality in terms of classroom practice and school management”, he said.
He noted that although the training was supposed to be held in 2014, that it has been held in 2016 does not make much difference since the same results will be achieved.
“I, therefore wish to seize this opportunity to call on all SUBEBs to expedite action to complete this series of trainings without further delay”, he urged.
Suleiman used the opportunity to commend Rivers UBEB for commencing the programme “It is heartening that Rivers UBEB has finally keyed into this training of its Quality Assurance Officers with part of the Teachers Professional Development (TPD) fund despite the delay”, he concluded.
In her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary Rivers State UBEB, Dame Roseline O. Chukwuigwe, noted the importance of education.
According to her, “education is the key to sustainable development and it has been widely acclaimed that no nation can develop without giving quality training to our teachers.
“It is in recognition of this that the UBEC commenced series of intervention programmes in the areas of basic education to ensure that the citizenry improves’, she said.
The Permanent Secretary, however, noted that the education sector has key challenges of inadequate funding, inaccessibility to human capital development, proper coordination and monitoring in system.
She explained further that it was in a bid to address this incoordination that the UBEC urged states UBEBs and FCT to priorities the capacity building programmes for Quality Assurance officers.
At the end of the day, it was expected that UBEC should be able to ensure three key things: that there is an increased budgetary allocation for evaluators; that the Capacity of Quality Assurance officers are strengthened through training and retraining programmes; and that there is an increased incentives for teachers.
She, therefore urged participants to take the training very seriously and ensure that your participation will bring about better attitude to work ethics, promote teacher quality, and reposition the education sector in Rivers state.
Centre Wants Govts To Update School Curriculum
The Centre for Distance Learning, Modibbo Adama University, Yola, has urged governments at all levels to update school curriculum in tune, with the realities of the new normal.
A Deputy Director in the University, Dr Abdullahi Bashir, made the call at the National Teachers Conference organised by Maltina Teacher of the year, on Friday, in Yola, with the theme: ”Classroom Without Border; The New Normal.”
Bashir said that the current school curriculum needed to be revisited in the light of current developments in the education sector caused by technology and current global realities.
He said this would help to improve the standard of education in the country and enable students compete with their peers around the world.
Bashir also stated the need for governments to look into teachers’ welfare with a view to align their remuneration with doctors, engineers and other professions.
In her remarks, Adamawa Commissioner for Education,Mrs Wilbina Jackson, appreciated the efforts of the organizsers for their contributions to education development in the country.
Jackson, who was represented by Executive Secretary, Post Primary Education Management Board,Mrs Maryam Abubakar, charged teachers to impact positively on the life of their students to succeed in future.
According to her, the world is moving towards technology, hence the need to encourage students to embrace it in order to succeed.
Mrs Christable Malachia, who spoke on behalf of the participants, said the conference was timely, as they had learnt a lot, having been exposed to how to relate well with the students, parents and other staff, as well as how to be good mentors.
Admission: College Begs JAMB For Waiver On Technical Courses
The Federal College of Education (Technical), Akoka Lagos, has requested the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), to grant it a waiver in technical courses.
The Provost of the institution, Dr. Wahab Azeez, who disclosed this in an interview with newsmen on Saturday in Lagos said that such waiver would attract more prospective students to the college.
Azeez was speaking against the backdrop of the poor enrolment of students in the college.
He explained that the idea was to create openings to attract school certificate holders to the college and build a career in technical education.
“Enrollment has not been encouraging and we are not silent on it.
“So, what we did was to approach JAMB to give us a wave in certain technical and vocational courses.
“We are hopeful that our request will get positive response from JAMB and it will throw opportunity for more students to register for technical or vocational courses in our college.
“Technical and vocational education is where the money is.
“Students who finish from the college may not necessarily look for a paid job because of the training they have acquired,’’ he expressed.
According to him, part of efforts to project the image of the college, was to reach out to the ministry of education with the purpose of having direct access to technical Secondary Schools.
Azeez explains that the college teaches related vocational subjects, which serve as foundation for students, who may want to settle in the field.
“Five technical schools are here in Lagos, including our FCE, Technical, which prompted our visit to the Lagos Commissioner for Education.
“The focus is more on technical teaching, where our seasoned lecturers take them through oral, practical rudiments of vocational education and inculcate in them, self reliance,’’ he said.
Azeez said that infrastructural developments, researches, academics, welfare, administration and social activities would continue to be prioritised, in order to make the learning environment conducive for students and staff.
According to him, construction of buildings for lectures, programmes and staffroom are ongoing, as part of measures to upgrade and bring the institution to an amiable state.
He said that under his administration, the science complex was being constructed and would be equipped with modern laboratory materials for the teaching of sciences and computer studies.
“Also, part of the ongoing constructions in the college is a technical workshop.’’
The management has equally taken steps to address issues of security water projects, he added.
The provost expressed optimism that the ongoing amendment bill on the Act that established the college, now at the National Assembly, would lead to the upgrade of the institution to a Federal University of Technical Education.
CEAPoly: Governing Council Chairman Lauds Members, Rector On Commitment
The Governing Council of the Captain Elechi Amadi Polytechnic (CEAPOLY) has been described as one of the best in the comity of governing councils in the various institutions Rivers State.
Chairman of the council, Senator Lee Maeba, stated this during at the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of the two storey governing council building complex at the insititution in PortHarcourt, recently.
Maeba, who noted that the governing council of the institution was committed to the progress of the institution, said it remained unwavered even in the faces of the challenge of a building for members’ meetings and deliberations.
Describing the members of the council as steadfast and lovers of the institution, Maeba expressed joy over the cordial relationship that existed among members, maintaining that their zeal and forthrightness would take the polytechnic to greater heights.
He said, “This governing council is one of the best governing councils in the schools in the state. I want to thank members of the council for their forthrightness and love for the school. These are members who spend their money to come to school on private visit to see to the welfare of the school. There is no friction between governing council and members and our meetings have always ended cordially. I am happy to be associated with these cream of members”.
While assuring that the polytechnic would witness flagoff of other constructions on campus, Maeba averred that the destruction of the former governing council building by the wildwind was a deliberate act to bring about a modern and beffiting complex in the institution.
“This auditorium was blown off by wildwind sometimes in May 2018. The sole purpose of the wind was to blow off a building that was no longer befitting for the school and the aim of the wind is actualised today”, he said.
The CEAPOLY governing council chairman further lauded the Rector of the institution, Dr Samuel B Kalagbor for his dedication towards the growth of the institution.
In his words”the Rector is committed as he wants to move the school forward. We have passed a vote of confidence on him twice. First as a provost and then seeing his dedication, it was on us to convert his duty as a provost to a rector and that was done seamlessly because he deserves it.
By: Lady Godknows Ogbulu
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