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Students Of Govt Schools Cry For Attention

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While some government primary schools in Rivers State are receiving adequate attention with the construction of classrooms and provision of modern amenities to enhance proper teaching and learning activities, students and teachers in government secondary schools are crying for attention owing to the deplorable condition under which they are forced to operate.

Investigations by The Tide reveal that Comprehensive Secondary School, Borikiri, Port Harcourt boasts of 10 chairs for a class of 100 students in JSS1B, similar thing applies to the other 12 arms of JSS 1 in the school.

Also, JSS 2A has chairs for only 8 students in a class of 96.

The situation is more pathetic in the SSS classes, which have dilapidated roofings, no windows and doors, even as 80 students occupy a small room as a class room.

When The Tide visited the school on Friday, the principal of the senior secondary school was not available but the principal of the junior secondary school, Mrs Preye Brown, stated that a representation had been made to the Universal Basic Education (UBE) Board and that they are waiting for their response.

At Community Secondary School, Nkpolu, Oroworukwo, students were seen sitting on window frames, with some standing outside looking through the windows while some were seated on the floor while receiving lectures. The same thing is applicable in Comprehensive Secondary School, Borokiri.

Some students who spoke to Tide The stated that in addition to lacking teachers in several subjects, there is congestion of students in classrooms fit for an average of 20 students.

Some of the science students also complained of lack of laboratory.

The Tide’s Education findings at the Post Primary Schools Board also revealed that schools at the remote areas suffer even more.

The source in the Board who spoke on condition of anonymity, stated that at Government Secondary School, Ekede in Andoni Local Government Area, only the principal, vice principal and two teachers handle all the subjects from JSS1 to SSS III.

At County Secondary School, Kula in Akuku-Toru LGAs, only the principal and vice principal undertake all the subjects from JSS1 to SSS III.

The source continued that this situation is similar in most of the interior schools, particularly, the riverine areas.

“How can students from this schools compete favourably in the SSCE and NECO with schools that are better in terms of having more teachers and better classrooms,” the source asked rhetorically.

Also, The Tide source revealed that at GSS Umuagbai, they have dilapidated classrooms which compelled them to use the Assembly hall for all classes. This is in addition to the lack of teachers handling various subjects.

Attempts to reach the state Commissioner for Education, Dame Alice Lawrance Nemi to comment on teh situation proved abortive.

Further attempt to speak with the Permanent Secretary, Mr Richard Ofuru, also did not yield any result as the head of public relations said the permanent secretary was not on seat.

 

Sogbeba Dokubo

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TETFund Wants More Research Investments In Varsities

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The Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, has called for more investments in research in the country’s universities.
Bogoro made the call while delivering a lecture marking the 12th Founder’s Day and 9th Convocation ceremonies of Afe Babalola University (ABUAD) in Ado-Ekiti on Saturday.
He spoke on: “University As Catalyst for Regional Economic Development,”.
Bogoro said investment in research was the best way to actualise radical development in the nation.
According to him, no country can develop or make headway in innovation without adequate investment and exploration in research.
Bogoro advised university administrators to place high premium on research to make the desired difference.
“Endowment, research foundations are the DNA of Ivory towers over time.
“Sadly we are treating universities as if they are political enclaves, rather than enclaves or platform for deepening knowledge, creating knowledge and innovation.
“Sometimes, you see square pegs not being placed in square holes, even within the university system and these are areas that bother us.
“If you do not have somebody that believes, promotes, encourages and supports problem-solving research presiding over a university, then that university is destroyed,” he said.
The TETFund boss said that the organisation had been striving to make Nigerian universities gain recognition globally.
He said TETFund had signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with foreign universities as a way of promoting Nigerian universities to attain global reckoning.
“As part of the new paradigm at TETFund, we are committed to the internationalisation of our tertiary institutions, especially our universities.
“We are conversant with the ranking indices, metrics and parameters of universities globally.
“We are equally aware of the present status and positions of our universities on the parametric tables of global ranking of universities.
“TETfund under my leadership is committed to ensuring improvement and we are indeed changing the narratives in our universities,” Bogoro said.
He said the improved ranking status of University of Lagos and University of Ibadan globally had been linked to the new research and development vigour of TETFund and prioritisation of content development in universities.

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Varsity Education Without Interpreter, My Most Challenging Experience-Deaf Graduate

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A 26-year-old graduate, Mr Yusuf Yahaya, has said his four years in the university without a sign language interpreter, as a deaf student, were the most challenging period of his life.
Yahaya, a graduate of political science from Gombe State University, said this through an interpreter in an interview with newsmen on Saturday in Gombe.
He said the society had not been fair to persons with disabilities, especially students like himself.
He said he was the only deaf student in his class and his biggest challenge was not having an interpreter in spite of his effort at getting the school management to employ one.
“Lack of interpreter is a big problem for the deaf and only God knows how I felt, not to be heard or given the opportunity to effectively contribute my ideas for four years in the university,” he said.
He said he had to study on his own, rely on friends to compile his notes, make researches on the internet and do his best to ensure that he was not left behind.
Yahaya, who graduated with a second class lower degree said his determination to become a graduate made him to push harder until he graduated in 2018.
He said not having a sign language interpreter made it “extremely difficult” for him to effectively participate in class.
This, he said, affected his performance, and that he would have done better with an interpreter.
“I missed classes and even tests because of lack of interpreters to relate the lecturers’ messages appropriately.
“Well, I gave my best and I graduated with a second class lower,” he said smiling.
Yahaya, while pleading on behalf of persons with Disabilities in his local council, Akko, said without interpreters in schools it would be challenging for them to access education.
“Our representatives should establish special schools for younger ones to get education because it is very difficult to go through a normal school with no interpreters.

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WAEC, Lagos Celebrate 2020 Best Students In WASSCE

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The West African Examinations Council on Thursday at its 59th annual council meeting celebrated the best students in the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination with the presentation of prizes.
A student of Princeton College, Surulere, Lagos, Morenike Yinka-Banjo, with No 4252067/039 came first. She scored A1 in her subjects and her total score is 606.3196.
Ayooluwa Adebowale of Emerald Laurel Comprehensive College, Ibadan came second. She also had A1 in all her subjects with a total score of 601.2198. Nwaozuzu Chinaza of Total Education Development Academy, Eke-Owerri, Abia State came third. She also scored distinctions in all her subjects with a total score of 599.605.
The mother of the first prize winner, Dr Chika Yinka-Banjo, said in an interview with journalists that her daughter was unable to attend the event because she is presently studying Computational Biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States of America.
She said the girl won 19 full scholarships abroad and had to choose one.
Adebowale and Nwaozuzu attributed their good performance to hard work and thanked their teachers, parents and God for given them the opportunity to excel.
The Chairman, Nigeria National Committee of WAEC, Mrs Binta Abdulkadir, said in her address that the best students in the 2020 WASSCE were all females, saying this showed that ‘what a man can do, a woman can do better.’
She said the council was exploring the opportunities in Information and Computer Technology to improve its services and to make it impossible for unscrupulous persons to falsify its certificates.
Abdukadir said despite the disruptions caused by COVID-19 and insecurity in the country, the council was able to conduct examinations, adding that the council was doing everything possible to curb examination malpractices.
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, who was represented by his Deputy Chief of Staff, Olawale Abdulmojeed, said his administration would continue to support every effort of the council to curb malpractices.
Makinde said, “I wish to assure you that my administration will support any initiative embarked upon by Council, which is aimed at improving its services and maintaining the integrity of the certificates it awards to candidates.

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