The Rivers State Government is to begin the shutting down of 437 schools which were denied accreditation for not meeting its guidelines on the operation of private primary and secondary schools in the state.
Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Education, Dr. Dagogo Adonye-Hart, disclosed this while briefing zonal directors of the ministry in Port Harcourt, last Friday.
Recall that the Committee for Accreditation and Approval of Private Schools chaired by Prof. Ozo-Mekuri Ndimele set up by Governor Nyesom Wike had submitted a comprehensive report to the State Government.
Adonye-Hart called on the zonal directors to give letters of non-accreditation to the proprietors of the affected schools and urged them not to make problem with any proprietor who failed to comply with the directive of government.
He explained that of the 2, 511 schools assessed by the ministry, 1,415 schools were accredited (approved), while 659 were given interim approval, adding that in line with government’s directive, the ministry has written to the West African School Certificate (WASC), the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and National Examination Council (NECO) not to do business with those unapproved schools.
“What we expect you to do, the zonal directors is to go with a letter, the letter will be in duplicate. Don’t make any trouble, don’t quarrel with anybody. Any school that proves stubborn report them to us; we know what to do.
“Serve them those letters, let them acknowledge receipt. Take the original and give back the acknowledged copy which you will bring back to the ministry, then we will seal the school.
“2, 511 schools were visited, 1,415 were accredited (approved). Then the ones that were given interim approval are 659, while 437 were denied approval. So we are going to be dealing with this 437 schools. We will swing into action and shut down the schools that were denied approval. That is basically why we are here today,” he stated
He, however, warned parents and guardians against sending their wards to any of the 437 schools that were denied approval, noting that they are not recognized by the State Government.
The Permanent Secretary called on parents to look out for the sticker from the ministry at the gate of schools attended by their children which he said is an indication that such school is not recognized by government.
“I want to also use this opportunity to talk to our parents and guardians that none of them should send any of their children or wards to these 437 schools because they are not recognized by the state.
“Parents, please don’t send your children to these schools. Once you go to the schools and see this sticker at their gate, make sure you withdraw your child, or your children or your wards from those schools,” Adonye-Hart advised.
By: Dennis Naku
Police Take Anti-Cultism Campaign To Rivers Schools
The Inspector General of police, Mohammed Adamu has taken the campaign against cultism and other social vices to primary and secondary schools In Rivers State as part of efforts to curbing insecurity and other criminal activities in the society.
The Commander of Anti-Cultism Unit in Elele, Ikwerre Local Government Area, CSP Yusuf Idi, who delivered the message of the IGP at the launch of the campaign at the Model Primary School, Igwuruta, over the weekend, said the essence of the campaign was to catch the young ones in both primary and secondary schools early and prevent them from being entangled in cultism practice.
Idi said the recent campaign became necessary following latest investigation which revealed that sixty to seventy percent of those involved in cultism had their initiation while in primary schools.
Idi while highlighting the dangers of cultism and other social vices, encouraged the school children not to give ears to anyone who may want to lure them into belonging to cult groups and urged them to report such individuals to their parents, teachers and police officers.
“This campaign against cultism which is aimed at catching them young is an initiative of the Inspector General of Police. It has a enough packaged in it. The aim is to end insecurity, because we realized that those that causes all forms of insecurity are cultists which investigation had revealed that most of them were initated from primary and secondary schools.
“If you do not want to die young, you must reject anyone one that will want to lure you into cultism, because if you do,the police and other security operatives will come after you and in course of exchange of fire, you may die or you will remain in prison. You must reports to your parents, teachers or nearest police, anyone with character such as indecent dressing, smoking hard drug, stubborn etc which are their signs, he stated
Some traditional rulers who were present at the event including the Chairman of Igwuruta Council of Traditional rulers, Chief Ernest Wosu and Chief Anthony Nyenche commended the Nigerian police for the sensitisation and urged the pupils to take seriously the campaign to become good and better citizens of the society.
“The Nigerian police have really shown us that they are for us, we thank them for coming to teach us and our children. Our children please, you must hear what the police has told us today, if you don’t hear, you will regret it tomorrow. If we did not do well, we will not be invited to come here today, that will show you that to live a good life is good,” he stated
On his path, the Supervisory Director of Universal Basic Education in Ikwerre Local Government, Area, Adolphus Umesi who spoke on behalf of the schools also commended the organisers of the programme and promised to ensure that the campaign gets to all the schools in the state.
He encouraged the school children to disassociate themselves from cultists and live a life that would make the society a better place to be.
UNIPORT VC, Others Mourn Director’s Mum
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, Prof Ndowa Lale recently joined other prominent personalities to eulogise the mother of the Director of the Institute of Petroleum Studies(IPS), Mrs Fidelis Oriji.
Prof Lale, who spoke at the funeral service of Mrs Oriji held in Choba said the late matriarch would be missed for her motherly care and disposition, as he urged the family to sustain her legacy.
In his sermon at the funeral, Ven Jolly Ndubuisi of the Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Choba, admonished christians to believe in Christ as Late Mrs. Oriji did in her lifetime.
He urged the people to do away with all forms of social ills by being Christlike.
The chief mourner and Director of IPS University of Port Harcourt, Dr. Boniface Oriji said he would miss his mum, recalling the good times they had together.
Dr. Oriji recalled that his mum sacrificed a lot to bring him and his siblings up in a polygamous family.
According to him, the mum never relented in the face of the odds and engaged in all manner of farm work and business to train them up.
He described his late mum as hardworking and one who believed in the future of the children and gave them her best.
In his words, “our mother was forthright, always forthcoming, charming, full of wisdom and and above all a very good Christian.”
RSCHSMT Matriculates 829 Fresh Students
A total of 829 fresh students have been offered admission into the Rivers State College of Health Science and Management Technology (RSCHSMT) 2019/2020 academic session to study various courses and programmes in the college
The Provost of the institution , Prof Franklin Nlerum disclosed this while speaking at the college matriculation ceremony held over the weekend and urged the fresh students to take their studies very serious as the school he said, has zero tolerance for cultism, hooliganism, deviant tendencies and examination malpractice.
He congratulated the students for being able to secure a place in the college for the 2019/2020 academic session and wished them well in their academic pursuit in the college.
The provost used the opportunity to express his profound gratitude to the governor of the state, Chief Nyesom Wike for graciously assenting to the re-enacted bill of the college passed recently by the Rivers State House of Assembly which, he said, has uplifted the polytechnics status.
“ We are very thankful to his Excellency for approving the Tertiary Institution Salary Structure (TISS) for staff of the college, the new college law and the re-naming of the college arising therefrom have fundamentally widened the object and scope of academic programme of the college”he stated.
He averred that the college has the responsibilities to inculcating good values and morals in her students in order to ensure that they graduated worthy in character and in learning.
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