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Commissioner Charges Corporate Organisations On Children’s Education

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The Rivers State Commissioner for Education, Dr Tamunosisi Gogo-Jaja has stressed the need for the active involvement of organisations, corporate bodies, churches and mosques in the education of the child in the society.
The commissioner made the call recently when a coalition of non-governmental organisations paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Port Harcourt.
He said: “we are encouraging non-governmental organisations, corporate bodies to take active interest in the total education of the child.
“There is nowhere in the world where education is the sole responsibility of government”.
He listed content, infrastructure, educational materials and attitudinal changes as areas when such organisations can come in to add value for the development of education.
“We are in era of moral decadence they have a role, women getting married to women which is not our culture, they have a role to discourage them.
“You hear of codine and tramadol, they have a role to discourage children from drug abuse and cultism, there is unlimited roles the organisations can play”, the commissioner said.
He commended the huge investment and priority attention being given to education sector in the state under the present administration and assured the organizations that Governor Wike is committed to encouraging organizations whose interest is for the development of the sector as against personal interest.
He explained that education is not restricted to only former education but that total education which requires where parents, teachers, churches and mosques as well as other organizations and individuals have roles to play.
The commissioner said the danger of not braying the children in proper ways is that they would grow to constitute problems in the society.
The President of Concerned Organisation of Peace and Equity, Comrade Christian Obi, thanked the commissioner for the achievement being recorded within three years of the present administration.
He said the body as a coalition of NGOs and CBOs decided to visit the commissioner to intimidate him of their various efforts in the development of the sector and need for more partnership.

 

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School Head Makes Case For Children’s Education

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The Principal of Sure Foundation Comprehensive College, Port Harcourt, Mr Nkom Peter, has urged the government, parents and the society to work in synergy for the future of children, saying that no kind of development without a solid foundational education for the younger generations would make sense.
Mr. Peter made the statement in his office in Port Harcourt, last week, while exchanging veiws with The Tide.
While commending the Rivers State Government for providing free education for primary and secondary schools across the State, Mr Peter also lauded the state government for setting up the Committee on Accreditation and Approval of Private Schools in the state, maintaining that the state government had done what it was expected to do.
“I think the state government did what is quite required of her because she established free education in primary and secondary schools in the state, and the clamping down on sub standard schools is to raise the standard in the state,” he said.
The principal dismissed allegations of witch-hunt, politicisation and favouritism leveled against the committee by some persons, stressing: “people would say what they want say no matter what you do”.
He stated that until the committee’s report is made public, he could not comment on it, saying that the in which the committee discharged its duties was transparent.
“Anybody who feels marginalised or shortchanged by the committee has avenues including seeking redress in court to pursue his case. We are in a modern era,” he added.
The principal however expressed the confidence that his school had met substantially most of the requirements, adding: “Those not in agreement with the government requirements in order to raise the standard of education in the state do not mean well for the future and education of our children.”
Asked if he would support government regulations on fees for privately owned schools, Mr Peter answered: “Yes, I would support if government would subsidise education costs for the private schools. No because different environmental requirements take toll on the cost thereby affecting the educational cost.”
He further noted that the free education offered by the government would not affect the educational appetite of the parents, adding that the private schools noted for quality and high standard would continue to enjoy patronage.
“Those that like private schools no matter what would still send their wards to private schools and those who prefer government schools would send their wards to government schools”, he said
He equally tasked government to introduce strict measures to monitor activities in the public schools so that they could compete favorably with the private schools.

 

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72 Students Bag First Class At Federal University, Otuoke

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Seventy-two (72 ) graduates of the Federal University, Otuoke, in Bayelsa State, have bagged first class degrees.
The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Seth Accra Jaja, disclosed this last Saturday at the maiden convocation ceremony of the university.
He said that 462 other students graduated with the second class upper division, adding that a total of 1121 students graduated with various divisions.
While congratulating the graduates, Prof. Jaja admonished them to learn how to be innovative and live independently.
The VC urged them to endeavour to pursue various entrepreneurial opportunities to be self-employed.
Jaja commended the Federal Government for its efforts in delivering quality tertiary education to the teeming youths of the country.
He announced that the National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved additional 16 programmes of the institution, thereby bringing the total programmes offered by the school to 28 at the moment.
He said: “It is worthy to recall that between 2011/2012 and 2015/2016 academic sessions, the university ran 12 academic programmes.
“This situation limited the number of prospective students offered admission into the university.
“On assumption of duty as Vice Chancellor in 2016, the first major challenge I faced was how to bridge this need gap.
“This challenge was resolved when the National Universities Commission, after due resources verification exercise, graciously approved 16 additional programmes.
“Bringing the total number of programmes in the university to 28, this singular achievement helped to minimise our challenge of meeting the university’s social responsibility of granting admission to deserving Nigerian youths.
“However, those programmes that were not having full accreditation status before my assumption of duty, now have full accreditation.
“With the rising profile of Federal University, Otuoke and without prejudice, non-conformist staff and students to the standard of the university culture and those who possess questionable scholarly credentials will be reclassified and shown the way out.
“Apart from enthroning academic discipline, our university has excelled in several research breakthroughs as also contained in our university compendium,” he said.
In his remarks the best graduating student, Mr Stephen Chukwunonso, said with hard work one could be the best he or she desires.
He urged other students to be focused, disciplined and committed, adding that reading at night will always help you to understand when you read.

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OPM Flags Off 13th Free School In Rivers

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As part of efforts to curb rising crimes and criminalities in the society, the General Overseer of Omega Power Ministry (OPM), Apostle Chinyere Gift Chibuzor, has flagged off the 13th free education school with a charge on pupils admitted to benefit from the scheme to take full advantage of the opportunity to chart a meaningful path towards contributing the sustainable development of the country.
While commissioning the facility, completed at a cost of N100million, and located at Agip by Ada-George Road, in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, last Wednesday, Chinyere also challenged other religious bodies and Nigerian leaders to set the right priorities on education to help give quality direction to young generation of Nigerians.
He emphasised that low amount set aside for education in government annual budgets across the board was responsible for many years of youth restiveness, massive unemployment, and all manner of criminal activities in the country.
Chinyere, therefore, urged leaders in all sectors, especially politicians to gradually reduce the huge allocation to security votes, adding that when the young ones are given sound education, peace would prevail and security infractions would drop significantly and development would spiral.
He challenged Nigerian leaders to unequivocally give desired attention to upgrading investments in education infrastructure and human capital development, adding that once the population of educated youths rise to a reasonable level, issues such as insecurity and youth restiveness would become history.
Chinyere called on religious leaders to increase their focus on soul winning and spreading the gospel, stressing that the more souls are saved, the more the society becomes a better place for all to live in.
He used the opportunity to direct the OPM Welfare Director, Mrs Maureen Chukwu, to make available a donation of N.5million to a Gabonese woman, who has been squatting in a make-shift apartment with her four children, saying that the money should enable her start a business, just as the church also gave her accommodation at the OPM Free Estate.
The Tide reports that the OPM Free Schools are populated with some of the best graduate teachers while students are provided with free uniforms, sandals, text books notebooks, and writing materials such as pencils and pens.

 

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