The new Provost, Federal College of Education, (FCE) Eha-Amufu in Enugu State, Mrs Pauline Ikwuegbu says she will do her best to build on legacies of her predecessors
Ikwuegbu, the first female provost of the college made the pledge last Saturday at the inaugural ceremony to officially welcome her to the college after her appointment on June 22, 2018.
She said with the cooperation of staff and students, her administration would take the college to enviable heights through academic excellence.
“I will build on the legacies of my predecessors in FCE and with your cooperation together we will take the college to an enviable height.
“I want to assure you that all the challenges facing the college are surmountable with your support, I am equal to the task by the special grace of God,” she said.
The provost said some problems like lean internally generated revenue, shortfall in subvention from Federal Government as well as shortages in the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) were threats to education advancement not only in the college.
“As a teacher with over 25 years of experience, with team work and unalloyed support, we will overcome these challenges and achieve all our set goals,” she said.
The provost said her administration would operate an open door policy and would be ready to welcome constructive criticism that would help move the college forward.
“Do feel free to come to me, as my administration will operate an open door policy as well as welcome constructive criticism that will help move the college forward,” she said.
In his remarks, the Registrar of the college, Mrs Ngozi Nnebedum, said the appointment of Ikwuegbu as provost was historic as she was the first female provost since 37 years the college was established.
“There is jubilation by the college community especially womenfolk who see her appointment as breaking the jinx of male provost monopoly in the college since the institution was established.’’
“I am assuring her that staff and students of the college will give her every necessary support to ensure that her administration achieved its set goals,.
“We are indeed grateful to the college governing council for recommending Ikwuegbu to the appropriate government authorities as the new provost of FEC,” she said.
In a remark, Mr John Nebo, the Chairman of the inauguration committee said the new provost appointment was unique as she was not only the first female provost but the first non-indigene of Enugu State to be appointed provost in the college.
“The positive impact of the new provost is already being felt with the recent approval of the college as a degree awarding institution,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ikwuegbu replaced Prof. Ben Mbah, whose tenure expired in March
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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