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IGST Launches Multi-Million Naira Research Equipment

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In a bid to promoteteaching and scientific research, the Institute of Geosciences and Space Technology (IGST) in the Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, has launched her maiden research equipment, after 39 years of existence.
Presenting the equipment on behalf of the IGST Board to the Vice-Chancellor of the University, last Thursday, 4th July, 2019, the Director of the Institute, Prof. Tamunoene Kingdom-Simeon Abam said that the research equipment which includes Air quality equipment, Water Quality equipment, some GPS facilities and complete MetOceans Station will enable the Institute carry out accurate and cost-effective research.
Prof. Abam noted that the need to procure the equipment was necessitated by the huddles postgraduate students go through, especially in hiring of equipment for their research. He explained that besides the huge funds spent for such equipment, the result from such researches may not be accurate.
The Director of the Institute stated that with the equipment procured from internally generated revenue raised from the Institutes’ Journal of Geosciences and Environmental Research, students would no longer hire equipment for their research, but would have access to standard equipment, adding that they would only be charged a stipend to maintain the equipment.
Prof. Abam further stated that the equipment would also be of great benefit to academic staff research as well as the supervision of students’ project, stressing that the Institute would now have access to all data from different parts of the country.
Unveiling the equipment, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Blessing C. Didia commended the leadership of the Institute of Geosciences and Space Technology for prioritising the university above personal interest in using the funds generated from their journal to procure the equipment for the university.
Prof. Didia said that the gesture which has made the university proud, would further strengthen the gown and town relationship as the university is in a better position now to address the challenges of the environment through researches that would be carried out with the equipment.

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NGO Tasks Kaduna Govt On Female Education Agency

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A Non-Governmental Organisation, Save the Children International (SCI) at the weekend called on the Kaduna State Government to establish “Female Education Agency” to specifically address the problems of girl-child education in the state.
The organisation’s Nutrition Advocacy Advisor, Malam Isah Ibrahim made the call at the Ministry of Education Management Strategy retreat in Kaduna.
Our source reports that the retreat had the theme: “Towards Achieving All Inclusive Education in Kaduna State”.
Ibrahim explained that the agency, if established, would specifically focus its strength, expertise and resources on getting the girl-child in school.
According to him, the measure will significantly help in reducing the upsurge of low enrolment of the girl-child in school with accompanied long-term economic consequence on the girl-child.
He also implored the state to consider rolling out a gender-sensitive teacher Code of Conduct and enforce its implementation across schools.
He explained that the move would enhance pupils and students’ safety, trust and convenience while in the school environment.
“It is important to note that over 60 per cent of out of school children are girls.
“A recent research conducted by the World Bank affirms that the longer a girl stays in school, the more likely she will grow up healthy, secure a livelihood and ensure her children are healthy and educated,” he said.
Ibrahim disclosed that to support girl-child educations SCI has introduced a programme tagged, “Nigeria’s Girls Education”.
He said the programme, which would be implemented in collaboration with government agencies and other critical stakeholders, would ensure that every child attains his or her rights to learning, survival, development and protection.
The official, however, raised concern that issues relating to health and nutrition, which he described as “key drivers” in realising the objectives of early childcare development, were not addressed in the state’s education policy.
According to him, promotion of school feeding programme in all early childcare and primary schools cannot be achieved without the integration of health and nutrition.
He commended the state government for the declaration of free education to all children in the state, saying “it is a prodigious step toward ending Almajiri problem in Kaduna State.
“The priority given to education sector in the 2020 approved budget is equally commendable, indicating a clear commitment of the current administration to improve access to quality education in public schools.
“I am, therefore, calling on other states, particularly the northern states of the countrys to emulate Kaduna state by investing higher percentage of their respective annual budgets and expenditure to the education sector.”

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Stakeholder Identifies Bane Of Public Education

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National President, Methodist High School Ibadan Old Boys’ Association (MHSIOBA), Mr Lekan Abioye, has identified corruption as the bane of development of public education in Nigeria.
Abioye, who stated this in an interview with newsmen in Ibadan yesterday, said this was evident in the number of decayed infrastructure and deficiency in human capital development.
According to him, most public schools in the country were in shambles.
“Although various governments own these schools, however, because of the downturn in the economy and corruption, they can’t do much; whereas education requires adequate funding for it to transform minds and shape the future of the country.
“There is a high level of corruption, whereby people are no longer accountable to the resources put in their care.
“This has affected how education is managed and its outcome in the country.
“Public schools are no longer being managed properly, because of high level of corruption; you don’t even have people you can trust, especially when money is involved,” he said.
Speaking on the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) initiative, the newly-elected president of the association, who is a marketing/branding consultant, said government should dialogue with stakeholders to make it a success.
“Government should dialogue, through a forum, with stakeholders who can then own and drive the initiative.
“Collaboration with relevant educational groups will make the initiative achieve its purpose and make it sustainable,” he said.
Abioye, however, urged state governments with no capacity to run public schools to give such schools back to their original owners.
Many of these original owners, he said, had been waiting to reclaim their schools.
According to him, the owners, including old students’ associations, are readily available to provide the needed infrastructure and qualitative education for the nation’s teeming youth, including training and retraining of teachers, for better outputs.
The president of the association who is also the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Richbrands Group, Lagos, did not, however, rule out the role of old students’ associations in revamping educational standards.
These associations, he said, should be willing to collaborate with government and the private sector to jointly resuscitate the ailing educational system.
“For instance, under my watch, the MHSIOBA is ready to harness the potentials of stakeholders to reposition the school.

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Oyo To Reintroduce Open-Day In Public Primary Schools

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The Oyo State Government has announced plans to reintroduce the open-day system in public primary schools across the state.
The Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr Nureni Adeniran, said this in a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan yesterday through the state Ministry of Information.
According to the statement, Adeniran disclosed this during his state-wide interactive session with Head-teachers in the state.
He said when reintroduced, the Open-Day will give parents opportunity to visit their children in schools to get firsthand insights into their children’s performance.
He said it would also afford parents the opportunity to speak to their children’s teachers on how to further improve those children.
He said the state government would also employ more strategies as part of measures to complement its commitment to improving the basic education sector.
The SUBEB boss said the reintroduced system would be an improved adaptation of the moribund open-day, noting that the system would make parents more responsible towards their children in public schools.
“We will reintroduce the Open-day system into our public schools system, because we realise that this will complement Governor Seyi Makinde’s free education policy.
“Parents need to be responsible for their children’s progress in schools,” he said.
Adeniran, who stressed that being a teacher required patience and great discipline, urged teachers to ensure their pupils compete favourably with their contemporaries in reading and writing skills.
He said the doors of the state government were open to suggestions and ideas that would further build capacity of the teaching workforce in Oyo state.
According to him, the present government is doing so much to improve pupils’ reading culture by providing running grants to schools and building facilities, among others.

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