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Private Schools Sweep Shell Science Quiz Contest

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Four private secondary schools have swept the 2011 Bayelsa Science Quiz Competition organised by the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria’s joint venture last Thursday in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

The  company put together the third annual quiz competition in a series in collaboration with the Bayelsa State Ministry of Education, Intel Corporation, Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (STAN), and Cinfores, an educational non-governmental organisation.

The four were among the seven private schools that slogged it out with 17 public schools in the state in the painstaking rounds of the finals of the academic and intellectual contest for the coveted trophies and cash prizes.

The high-flying private schools are Divine Comprehensive Academy, which clinched the first best spot; Belary Schools, Yenagoa, with the second position; New Total Child Academy, Yenagoa, singing home with the third position; while Winners International Academy, Yenagoa came fourth, ahead of 20 others which scaled the series of sessions, culminating in the final rounds last Thursday in Yenagoa.

Speaking shortly before the presentation of prizes to the winners, Vice President, HSE and Corporate Affairs, Shell Sub-Saharan Africa, Tony Attah, said the competition was aimed at ensuring that children in Bayelsa State develop keen interest in the sciences, adding that the joint venture partners were more than ever before ready to encourage the students to pursue science subjects at tertiary levels of education.

Attah noted that the dividend of the collaboration has been manifest in the good performance and tremendous improvement of students from Bayelsa State in the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), National Examinations Council (NECO), and the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examinations, particularly in the sciences in the last two years.

The vice president stated that as one of the most focus areas in Shell’s social performance delivery strategy, huge investments in education have resulted in several initiatives, including the web-based science and mathematics learning programme called skoool.ng in partnership with Intel Corporation and Education Trust Fund (ETF), the upgrading of infrastructure and construction of new secondary schools, as well as award of scholarships to more than 300 students from Bayelsa State annually.

Also speaking, Bayelsa State Education Commissioner, Prof Tuemi Asuka, said that although Shell has contributed significantly in improvements in the education sector by building classroom blocks and laboratories and distributing textbooks, laboratory equipment and other reading aids to public schools in the state, the company has scored more marks by being the first corporate body to institute a comprehensive capacity building initiative, comprising the teachers in a re-invigorating development programme and the students in a brain-duel science exhibition and competition.”

The education commissioner tasked both beneficiary teachers and students to demonstrate to others at their respective schools that they have added new knowledge and skills to their work, and show courage confidence in their teaching and learning business so as to help in eradicating examination malpractices and cultism.

 

Nelson Chukwudi

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Strike: We’re Waiting For Govt’s Reply To Our Presentation — ASUU

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has said it was waiting for the Federal Government to respond to its presentation, so it could determine whether to call off the over four months strike its members embarked on to press home their demands.
According to the union, calling off the strike soon rests squarely on government responding to its presentation made through a committee set up by the government to negotiate with it.
Checks by newsmen, last Friday, showed that the national leadership of ASUU had made its presentation to the Prof. Nimi Briggs-led committee set up to renegotiate the 2009 agreement signed by the two sides.
Speaking in a telephone chat with The Tide Newspaper, National President of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, said his union had done its best in the circumstance.
“We have made our presentation to the committee and there is nothing more to add,” Osodeke said.
On when the feedback was expected from government, he said: “They promised to get back to us within a short time.”
Though he did not say anything about what the union’s presentation contained, it was gathered that the union could give the government more time to meet some demands that had financial implications.
When contacted, Briggs said his committee had met with ASUU and had done its assignment.
“We have met and ASUU have made their presentation. Some people sent me on an errand and I have to report to them. The committee is not the final authority on this matter. We are not the ones to determine what will be done,” he stated.
It would be recalled that ASUU went on a four-week warning strike on February 14 this year and had extended the strike twice, first, by eight weeks and second, by 12 weeks.

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Lagos Solicit Stronger Partnership For Equitable Education

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The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has stated that collective committment and political will of government is required to advance quality and equitable education in the State.
The Governor who stated that the ultimate aim of government is to ensure all students in Lagos State receive quality education in a conducive environment confirmed that his administration paid 1.1billion for WAEC students in 2022 as it continue to ensure yearly increment in budgetary allocation for the sector.
The Governor who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat at the Y2022 Equal Summit held at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island stated that the past three years has witnessed tremendous improvement in the overall value chain of the education ecosystem.
His words, “Our model of investment is informed by the desire to entrench 21st century technology into the sector.  This huge investment will ultimately result in significant improvement in learning outcomes’’.
Expressing the desire of the state government in taking the education sector into an enviable height, Sanwo-Olu said the education summit is an opportunity to present the education score card and inform Stakeholders of the government’s future plans and needs of the industry.
He said the initiative organised by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Office of Sustainable Development Goals and Investment will continue to open up opportunities for public private partnership interventions and mutually beneficial investments.
According to him: “Our administration also seeks to recognise and appreciate the tremendous contribution and donations of various private partners who supported the State Government’s Education Transformation Plan, most especially during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown of schools.

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Group Gives WAEC Scholarships To 35 Indigent Students In Imo

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The Old Peers of Owerri Development Initiative, a non-governmental organisation based in Abuja, Saturday awarded WAEC scholarships to 35 indigent students from seven schools in the Owerri Municipal Council of Imo.
The award is the second edition following the maiden project in 2021.
Presenting the scholarships in Owerri, the Interim National President of the organisation, Dr Nina Nwulu, urged the beneficiaries to show determination in succeeding in life.
“Under no circumstance should you joke with your education or indulge in drugs.
“The mentality that education is a scam should be jettisoned because in Nigeria, your certificate counts,” she said.
Nwulu, who described education as the “hallmark to every development,” urged the Federal Government to do the needful in resolving its impasse with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
“The issue is not about salary but about the government putting in place all the infrastructure that would make reading and learning conducive for students.
“We want our students to be exposed to every facility needed to learn properly; the lecturers are equally going through hell in terms of their packages.
“If politicians taught by teachers can be comfortable, why not the teachers,” Nwulu, a senior lecturer at the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), asked.
The Coordinator of the organisation, Mr Jasper Opara, said the body aimed to assist the beneficiaries fulfill their academic pursuit.
According to him, if the students miss it at this stage of their major examination, they can lose it from there.
Opara, who explained that 25 students were sponsored in 2021, expressed delight that most of them performed excellently in the WAEC examinations.
He explained that the organisation, with different chapters in seven states and some countries, was made up of people from different tribes, who grew up and schooled in Owerri.
Also, the Secretary of the organisation, Mrs Olaedo Ike-Godson, said the body was passionate about helping government and doing charitable work, literacy, health programs, economic empowerment and sanitation.
One of the beneficiaries, Franklin Igwe from Emmanuel College, commended the organisation for the gesture.
“It will spur me to focus more on education so that when I grow up, I will be able to sponsor those around me,” another beneficiary, Miss Precious Onyemuche, said. (NAN)

 

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