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Teachers, Tools For Societal Dev -Acting VC

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The Acting Vice-Chancel-lor of the Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, Prof. Opuenebo Binya Owei says the importance of teachers in the development  of the society cannot be over-emphasised.
Prof Owei stated this while delivering  her  keynote address on the topic “The Place of the Classroom Teacher in National Development” at the 2019 Annual Teaching Practice Orientation for students of Faculty of Education of the institution held at the Amphi Theatre, recently.
The acting vice chancellor who was represented on the occasion by the institution’s director of sports, Dr Joseph Vipene opined  that it was in recognition of the all important role played by  teachers in  nation building that October 5th of every year is earmarked for the  celebration of teachers known  as “World Teacher’s Day.”
”… No education system can rise above the quality of its teachers… Think back when you were in school – from primary, secondary to date. Who was your favourite teacher? We all have at least one teacher who changed our lives, inspired us to what we are today.” she stated
The  acting vice-chancellor charged the students to teach with passion and communicate effectively with the students, parents and staff in the school, adding that they will be posted to schools across the state where they will   do their Teaching Practice.
Also speaking on the topic “The Lesson Plan: an Evaluation of Students’ Teaching Practice Experience” the former Dean of the Faculty of Education, Prof. Mackson Ahiakwo averred that  Lesson Plan is very important for effective teaching, adding that a teacher in training who failed to plan before entering the class to teach, had already planned to fail.
In his own contribution on “Ethics in the Teaching Profession”, the Head of Department of Educational Foundation, Dr. Nabboth Nwafor advised the students to behave very well in the classroom, school environment and the community, adding that  as teachers in training, the school community expects so much from them, not only in teaching but also in their character and  conduct.
Our correspondent reports   that a total of 325 students are expected to participate in the three months  compulsory Teaching Practice Exercise which  commenced on the 9th of September and to terminate on the 1st of November, 2019.

 

Akujobi Amadi & Ngozie Nnadozie

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Chancellor Advocates Inclusion Of Entrepreneurship Studies In School Curriculum

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Prof Gregory Ibe, the Chancellor and Founder of Gregory University, Uturu, Abia, has advocated the introduction of entrepreneurship studies into the nation’s primary school curriculum.
He made the call in an interview with newsmen in Umuahia last Friday, saying that the development would help to inculcate critical skills in the school children.
Ibe, a professor of entrepreneurship, said Nigeria was in dire need of the type of education that would enhance creativity and ideas among the younger generation of students.
He said: “While I was consulting for the Federal Government, I had the privilege of working with the Nigerian Universities Commission to develop a curriculum on entrepreneurship course in the universities across the country.
“I wrote about 42 hands-on training modules on 42 skill areas and they wwere used by the United Nations to establish 547 skills acquisition centres in 547 Local Government Areas of the country.
The strength of our institution is in science and technology, we are a skilled university, graduating our scholars so that they can partake in the world of work.
“My job is to make a change in the youths of this country, to impart training and skills to all of them.”
The chancellor advised students to acquire basic skills, irrespective of their field of study in order to enable them to become job creators rather than job-seekers.

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Don Identifies Importance Of DNA Markers

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A Professor of Biotechnology at the Rivers State University, Prof Ebiamad Barisibe, says with the latest research in DNA, parents can know the sex of their unborn baby at the fotus in the womb of a woman  within  five weeks of development
This was the highpoint of Prof  Brisibe’s keynote Lecture at the opening ceremony of a five-day Workshop on Basic Molecular and Computational Biology, organised by the Department of Medical Laboratory Science of the  State University, Nkpolu-Oroworukwo, Port Harcourt, recently
Speaking on the topic “DNA Markers: A Tool for Unlocking Challenges in Forensic and Diagnostic Sciences,” Prof. Brisibe noted that unlike in the past when expectant parents had to wait for several months to know the sex of their unborn child, with DNA Markers, they can get the same result within 5-6 weeks and also find out the likely diseases the child may have. He explained that the early discovery helps couples to take a decision on the pregnancy”.
Very individual carries a specific DNA identity code, which according to him, is found in the cells of the body, stressing that the DNA markers can be used to find out true identity of individuals.”
He expressed worries that inspite of this latest DNA markers technology, most of the people who indulge in criminal activities in Nigeria are hardly caught and prosecuted because security agencies are yet to explore the rich potentials in the technology for investigation.
He called on security agencies to adopt the DNA Markers as a tool for investigation, adding that the Federal Government can also use the technology to conduct proper census that will be accepted globally, pointing out that previous census have been bedeviled with fictitious results.
In her address, the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Opuenebo Binya Owei commended the Department of Medical Laboratory Science for the initiative, noting that workshops and seminars of this nature are engaging avenue for fruitful collaboration and the sharing of ideas and discoveries.

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Poly Seeks RSHA’s Support On Infrastructural Dev

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The authorities of Port Harcourt polytechnics, Rumuola, has solicited the support of members of state house of Assembly Committee on Education towards rapid provision of  infrastructural development in the institution.
The Rector of the polytechnic, Dr Samuel B. Kalagbor made this appeal during the visit of  members of the state house of Assembly  committee on education who were on  an oversight  function to the polytechnic ,over the weekend
Dr Kalagbor told the visiting Lawmakers that the  only challenge facing   the school was lack of infrastructures ,adding that the institution was at the moment  having influx of students seeking admission in to the school
“We do not have the Capacity to accommodate the upsurge of students interest in schooling here.
We are in dire need urgent massive needs of infrastructure and develop class rooms Laboratories” he stated
According to him the governing council of the institution has approved vertical construction of  3 storey buildings to address the building deficiency facing the polytechnic  and urged members of the committee to help the school by appropriating sufficient funds  to the institution
The Rector informed the state law makers that the National Board for Technical Education (NABTE) has approved 13 courses for National Diploma(ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND)out of the 15 courses, he said, the  school presented to for approval during the last accreditation visit, adding that such gesture was the highest feats achieved by the school in recent time.
He further used the opportunity to request for expeditious passage of the Port Harcourt polytechnic amendment bill before the assembly to normalise the change of the institution’s name from Port polytechnic to Captain Elechi Amadi polytechnic
He told the law makers that  passing the amendment bill in to law  On time will help the polytechnic access Tetfund like every other higher institutions, adding that since the governor approved the change of name to Captain Elechi Amadi polytechnic  the institution he said has operating with the former name because all the legislative frame  works have not been effected.
“Since we became polytechnic we have not accessed Tetfund
The school has passed in to four stages before metamorphosed in to polytechnic “he added.
On the fight against cultism and examination mal practices ,the Rector said, management has embark on the profiling of its students through the aids of security Agents ,adding that those found culpable will be sanction in accordance with the rules of the polytechnic.
Earlier in his speech ,the chairman State House of Assembly committee on Education ,hon Christian Ahiakwo they were at school as part of the committee’s over sight function  to have first hand information about the school as well as to interface with the management on its challenges.

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