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SSANU, NASU Protest Sharing Formula Of FG’s N30bn To Varsities

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The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), and the Non-Academic Staff of Nigerian Universities (NASU), in the University of Calabar, yesterday, held joint a protest to reject the proposed sharing formula of N30billion given to the universities by the Federal Government.

The protest, which was under the aegis of Joint Action Congress (JAC) of the union saw the workers marching round the University’s Main Campus with placards with various inscription baring their anger on the Federal Government on what they termed ‘cheating’ of non-academic staff of universities.

Addressing the workers, the Deputy National President of SSANU, Dr Leku Andor, said the Federal Government was being insincere in implementing simple agreement signed with non-academic staff unions.

“We entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Federal Government, which was represented by Minister of State for Education; Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC); and the Accountant General of the Federation; and they told us that the N30billion being released is for Earned Allowances for all university workers, but today, we are shocked to hear of 75 per cent for academic staff and 25 per cent for non-academic staff, and that arrangement is totally unacceptable to us”.

Andor said the non-academic staff had earlier sent a memo to the Federal Government demanding for N120billion for its members and the government informed them that there was a forensic audit of university staff in place to ascertain what each staff would get from the money to be disbursed but nothing has come out of the audit till date.

“They assured us that the money was meant for all the four unions in Nigerian universities, but today, government is adopting a divide and rule approach but nobody can divide us that is the reason we have gathered here to carry out this protest”.

He stated that the Integrated and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), which was embraced by non-academic staff has short-changed them severely and the workers are now rejecting it.

“The IPPIS, which non-academic staff embraced with assurances from government gave has today become a source of pain to us. Today, our staff are being paid amputated salaries, half-payments and all sorts of things are going on so we say no more IPPIS. We have tried IPPIS and we have found out it is not marriage material”.

The branch Chairman of SSANU, Comrade Joseph Omini, said the protest would go on for three days continuously, and thereafter, a decision will be taken to embark on industrial action if the government does not respond.

“We are protesting over the non-renegotiation of 2009, MoU, the non-payment of gratuity to retirees who are our members, taking over of non-academic staff job by academic staff and if nothing is done we shall embark on full strike soon”.

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Ikpeazu Charges Stakeholders To Sustain, Improve Gains Made In Education

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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.

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Anambra Begins Recruitment Of Primary School Teachers

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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.

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Educationist Wants Early Introduction Of Art To Learners

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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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