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FCT To Domesticate National Policy On Teacher Education

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Minister of the Federal Capital Territory FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has disclosed the efforts of his administration to review and domesticate the National Policy on Teacher Education in order to enhance teachers’ welfare and improved service delivery.
This came even as the FCT College of Education in Zuba said it has commenced degree programmes in some of its departments.
Provost of the College, Dr Muhammad Gambo Hamza, announced this at the weekend during the Second Combined Convocation of the institution in Abuja.
He said: “Academic visitations were undertaken and Memorandum of Understanding on academic collaborations were signed with the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria to commence bachelor degree programmes in some departments from 2019/2020 Academic Session. We have received approval from the National University Commission”.
The Provost however lamented that the “technical aspect” of the College was set to come on full stream, saying; “In the light of the present trend and the need to prepare teachers who are adequately equipped with both knowledge and skills for self reliance, I wish to appeal to the visitor for adequate funding to enable the college expand its programmes by introducing the technical component such as automobile technology, building, electrical electronics, and metal/wood work”.
On his part, the minister called on the management of the college to move some key schools and administrative offices to its permanent site as a matter of priority, promising greater support for the institution as it prepares for its fifth round of accreditation.
Bello, who was represented by the Minister of State of the FCT, Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, assured that the FCT Administration will assist in making the relocation to the permanent site seamless, adding that a lot of resources have been expended on the site through the intervention of TETFUND.
“I therefore enjoin all staff to be dedicated to their work and to give the students the best that is required of them while shunning vices that are inimical to your professional ethics”.
Bello commended the college for the commencement and smooth take-off of the undergraduate programme for the award of degrees in education, while urging management to explore other partnerships and collaborations that would be beneficial to the college in order to complement the efforts of government.
Earlier, the FCT Permanent Secretary, Sir Chinyeaka Christian Ohaa, expressed concern over the backlog of graduands of the institution who had completed their NCE programmes, from 2010 to date, while calling on the management to work hard at ensuring that convocation and other such important activities of the college are not delayed.
The Convocation covered 12, 969 graduands who had graduated from the school for the past 10 years.

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COVID-19: Kebbi Orders Closure Of Schools

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The Kebbi State Government has ordered the immediate closure of all primary and secondary schools in the state for the safety of their pupils and students.
It said that this was due to the detection of people who had contracted the coronavirus in parts of the country.
The Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Alhaji Muhammadu Magawatta- Aleiro, confirmed this development at the weekend.
He spoke shortly after an emergency meeting with the proprietors of private schools, Association of All Secondary Schools’ Principals and other stakeholders in Birnin Kebbi.
Aleiro said that the primary schools pupils in the state would not resume today.
He also said that all the students in the boarding schools would be allowed to stay in their hostels until Monday, March 23 when their schools would be closed.
”We are all aware of the pandemic of COVID-19 popularly known as coronavirus which started in China.
”For this reason, our governors had met in Abuja and agreed to close all our schools.
”For this reason, teachers association, heads of MDAs, principals’ association are here; and from today, we have closed all schools.
”Primary schools’ closure had taken effect from today while boarding schools will be closed on Monday, March 23,” he said.
He said that the schools were expected to complete their normal programmes on April 9 as they had started going through revisions of topics taught and were preparing for their examinations.
”We shall announce the time they will resume, especially, after we must have won the war against the virus.
”We are just appealing to the parents and the guardians to allow their children to be reading their books at home because anytime they resume, they will start their examinations immediately,” the commissioner said.
Our correspondent reports that the Acting Executive Secretary of State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Hajia Asmau Alkali attended the meeting.
Also, the leaders of the NUT, private schools and the association of principals in the state were also in attendance.

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Ibadan Polytechnic Urges Students To Vacate Hostels Over Coronavirus

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As educational institutions, groups and religious organisations continue to cancel programs, close schools and ban public gatherings over the fear of the deadly Coronavirus also known as COVID-19, the management of The Polytechnic Ibadan, yesterday said it has closed the institution until further notice.
Registrar of the institution, Modupe Theresa Fawale, in a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan, maintained that the decision was in consonance with the directive of the Oyo state government.
She, however, advised students to vacate hostels of the institution with immediate effect.
Fawale said, “In line with the directive of the Oyo State Government, the management of The Polytechnic, Ibadan has closed down the institution till further notice.
“Students will be communicated of re-opening as soon as possible. All students are therefore requested to vacate the Halls of residence immediately.”
Fawale, while speaking on the preventive measures to curtail the spread of the deadly Coronavirus, insisted that the institution has suspended all international conferences to be hosted by the faculties.
She added that all international travels by staff are suspended until further notice.
All incoming and outgoing exchange programmes as well as international visits of foreign partners and collaborators have been suspended until further notice, according to the Registrar
“As part of precautionary measures to prevent members of The Polytechnic, Ibadan community from contracting Corona Virus (COVID-19). management in consultation with the Director Medical Services, The Polytechnic, Ibadan has taken the following measures:
“All international conferences to be hosted by the faculties should be suspended until further notice. All international travels by staff are suspended until further notice.
“All incoming and outgoing exchange programmes as well as international visits of foreign partners and collaborators are suspended until further notice.
“Staff already out on international travel should inform the Management of the Institution on arrival by contacting the Director, Medical Services on 07030712065. Such person is strongly advised to self-isolate for at least fourteen (14) days before reporting to the office.
“All Departments, Faculties, Units, Halls of Residence, places of worship and other places with high concentration of people on campus are hereby advised to make provision for or resuscitate facilities for hand-washing in their immediate environment to encourage routine hand-wash. Adequate signs indicating such should also be provided.

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Adamawa COE To Introduce More Undergraduate Courses

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Provost, Adamawa State College of Education, Hong, Dr Johnson Pongri, says the college would soon introduce additional seven undergraduate courses.
Pongri made the disclosure during the third matriculation ceremony of the institution, held on Saturday at the college main campus in Hong
Our correspondent reports that the undergraduate school of the college is affiliated with the Faculty of Education, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
“The College intends to add seven more undergraduate courses during the 2020/2021 academic session.
” The courses include: Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Integrated Science, Arabic, Physical and Health Education.
“Our undergraduate programme commenced with 450 students in four courses during the year 2017/2018 session;now the programme has grown to eight courses with a total population of about 1,105 students “ Pongri said.
He warned that the institution had zero tolerance for cult activities and therefore urged students to adhere to the rules and regulations of the College.
He also advised students to follow formal channels of communication in case of any problems through the Director, Students Affairs, or Academic Secretary.
“The College will not tolerate any resort to unlawful demonstrations, protests, or mass action,” Pongri warned.
In his message, the Acting Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, who was represented by Prof. Yahaya Kajuru, reminded the students that they were in the university to acquire knowledge and become good citizens.
“It is the goal of ABU Zaria and its affiliate institutions to produce students with contemplative and highly creative minds, in order to prepare them for proper engagement with the fast moving and changing complex world,” Kajuru said.
He advised the students to shun examination malpractice, cultism, drug abuse, indecent dressing and all forms of antisocial behaviours.

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