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RSG Set To Enforce Private Schools Registration

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From Left: The Registrar, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Mr Jacob Agboola, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Adeniyi Gbadegesin, Pro-chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council, Prof. Wale Omole, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Timothy Adebayo, Representative of the Chancellor, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Usa, Prof. Mark Fenton and other guests, during the convocation ceremony in Ogbomosh.

From Left: The Registrar, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Mr Jacob Agboola, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Adeniyi Gbadegesin, Pro-chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council, Prof. Wale Omole, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Timothy Adebayo, Representative of the Chancellor, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Usa, Prof. Mark Fenton and other guests, during the convocation ceremony in Ogbomosh.

Rivers State Government
has said that it will no longer condone situations in which private, primary and secondary schools in the state are either not set-up, or operate in defiance to rules and guidelines governing their operations.
Making this known recently during a meeting with proprietors of private, primary and secondary schools in the state, the commissioner of Education, Professor Kaniye Ebeku, said such situations will no longer be tolerated and that measures will be put in place to check the trend.
“The establishment of private schools in the state is governed by statutory laws, namely, Education (Private schools) law, 1987 (as amended), which came into effect on July 7th, 1987, as well as Regulations and Guidelines made by the ministry of Education yet it has been found that there are more unapproved than approved private schools operating in the state. This is an archetypal failure by past administrations to enforce the relevant laws.
“Under my watch, this situation cannot be allowed to continue. I have the will and determination to insist that the laws must be obeyed to the later and will put all necessary measures in place and take all necessary steps to ensure compliance”, the commissioner said.
Some of the issues warranting this action, Professor Ebeku explained, is the widespread noncompliance with rules and regulations governing the establishment and operation of schools.
According to him, while many private schools are guided by extant laws, rules and regulations, “some approved schools are run down and should not continue to operate.
“In some of the schools, I found teachers who are not qualified to teach, or are over-burdened with works. More over, I found that some schools pay peanuts to their teachers as monthly salary, and in some schools, teachers are owed for several months while the proprietors are having fun.
“It is also disturbing to find that school fees and charges by private schools are not regulated. The result is that primary and secondary education are over-priced and beyond the reach of some people who seek access to education in such schools”, he said.
Consequently, Ebeku continued, in order for the state to achieve set goals under the stewardship of Governor Nyesom Wike, the government will address all key areas in which private schools are found wanting.
He noted that if such measures “drive away some proprietors from school business, it should be accepted as the price to pay in order to achieve good quality education.”
President of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Hon. Victor Green, assured that his members will comply with the directive of the commissioner to abide by laws, rules and regulations governing the operation of schools.
He thanked the commissioner for convening the meeting, which, he said, was over due.

 

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Centre Wants Govts To Update School Curriculum

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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.

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Admission: College Begs JAMB For Waiver On Technical Courses

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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.

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CEAPoly: Governing Council Chairman Lauds Members, Rector On Commitment

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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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