The Alumni Association of Community Secondary School, (CSS), Sagbama, headquarters of Sagbama council area of Bayelsa state has held its maiden reunion meet.
Our source reports that Sagbama council area of the state is the local government area of origin of the former state Governor and PDP senatorial bye-election candidate, Seriake Dickson.
The Tide source which monitored the reunion meet confirmed that the event was held at the instance of the 1999 set of the school’s alumni association.
Our source further learnt that the reunion which was called at the instance of one Mr Gita Akponemideinbofa, an executive member of the Peoples Democratic party, (PDP), Ekeremor council area of the state may not be unconnected to the forthcoming senatorial bye-elections in the state.
Speaking with journalists shortly after the reunion meet, the convener, Akponemide-inbofa however refuted the insinuations, saying with no fewer than two decades and a year ago since their graduation from the school, the class have called for the reunion believing that it was an avenue for them to proffer solutions to some of the teething challenges of their alma mater.
He reiterated their resolve to be apolitical in their dealings as a union, noting that the meet has afforded them the privilege of having firsthand knowledge of not only the alma mater’s problems, but that of its members also.
He promised that going forward, periodic reunion meets would be held for further cross-fertilization of ideas towards making the alma mater better.
Also speaking at seperate sessions,the duo of the wives of former chairmen of Sagbama council area,Mrs Cynthia Ogola and Mrs Joy Magbisa harped on the importance of the reunion.
The two former council first ladies called on all those who were absent at the maiden event to reconnect with the alumni, just as they said it gave them the opportunity to feel the pulse of their classmates and longtime friends.
Other alumni members who spoke with our sources hinted that they were glad the maiden reunion meet was successful.
Speaking with The Tide, Mrs Ogosi Ekememopigha, Mienye Ibamughen, Sunday Aaron, Charles Edure Embelemi and Enibraye Omietimi all expressed hope that through regular reunions such as the one just held, the alumni would work out modalities towards making their alma mater better, saying one of the decisions reached at the maiden meet was for the procurement and fixing of modern writing boards in all the classrooms of schools.
Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa.
Education: UNICEF Raises Fresh Concern Over Learning Crisis In Nigeria
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has raised a fresh concern over the learning crisis Nigeria is currently grappling with, urging stakeholders, particularly the government at all levels to, as a matter of priority, take stronger actions and commitments towards addressing the challenge.
The global agency noted that the crisis, particularly at the basic education level is stalling meaningful development in the country and globally by extension.
The Education Specialist, UNICEF Nigeria, Yetunde Oluwatosin, raised the concern at a two-day media dialogue organised by UNICEF Nigeria in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency, Lagos State, and the Edo State Universal Basic Education Board, recently.
The workshop with newsmen from print, broadcast and online media from the South-West region as participants, has “Turning the Tide on Nigeria’s Learning Crisis” as its theme.
Making a presentation and quoting from the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS), Oluwatosin disclosed that 73 per cent of Nigeria’s children, aged 10 years below, with the majority in the North and from the poorest families and in rural communities, were struggling to read or comprehend simple text, while an alarming nine out of every 10 children (90%) in sub-Saharan Africa generally were also confronting with learning difficulty.
She also noted that while only one out of 14 children between ages seven and 14 years could demonstrate fundamental skills, only 25 per cent have numeracy skills capable of solving simple mathematical problems.
Oluwatosin equally pointed out that although up to 73 per cent of Nigeria’s youths were literate, only seven per cent possessed the necessary ICT skills required for the digital economy while just eight per cent of children from the poorest families attend school compared to 78 per cent of their peers from the richest homes.
She said all these conditions, among others, are widening the inequality gaps between the children from the poorest homes and those from the richest families and also between those living in urban and rural communities.
She therefore recommended that the trend would need to be reversed otherwise it would be difficult to lift many children and young adults in the country out of extreme poverty and also out of criminal activities.
She, however, attributed the crises to a number of factors including limited infrastructure, inadequate funding, gender parity, shortage of qualified teachers, poor delivery system, and insufficient learning data and materials, among others.
She emphasised UNICEF’s efforts in filling the gap in a way it can including provision of learning materials for over 1.8 million children between 2018 and 2022 and further plans to reach another 4.8 million children primarily in the North, by 2027.
NUT Reacts To Threat By RSG On Penalisation Of Public Schools Principals, Head Teachers
Threat by the Commissioner, Rivers State Ministry of Education, Prof Chinedu Mmom to sack Head Teachers and Principals who contravene government policies on free education has generated more reactions.
Chairman of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in Rivers State, Mr Collins Echikpu has said the principals in public schools are facing challenges that are drastically affecting the smooth running of the school administration due to lack of payment of impress by the ministry.
Echikpu clarified that some of the levies collected from parents through their wards in these public schools were used in the day to day running of the school activities.
The NUT chairman called on the state government to implement the promotion of teachers, so as to improve their efficiency and effective service delivery.
“We expect the state government to do the needful by implementing the promotion of teachers so as to encourage them to efficiently and effectively discharge their duties as expected”, Collins said.
Meanwhile, some Head Teachers in the public schools in Rivers State are calling for proper management of teachers in the state.
Some of the Head Teachers who spoke during a meeting with the Commissioner for Education in Rivers State, said lack of proper management of teachers in the public schools is responsible for the challenges facing the education sector in the state.
RSG Set To Penalise Public Schools Extorting Students
Rivers State Ministry of Education has warned principals in public schools against extortion of fees from parents whose wards are in the public schools in the state.
Commissioner for Education in Rivers State, Professor Chinedu Mmom issued the warning during a meeting with Principals of public schools held in Port Harcourt, last Wednesday.
Mmom regretted that despite efforts by the current administration to provide education at zero cost for students in the state, some principals in the public schools have devised ways to extort money from parents.
“Despite efforts by the current administration, some of the public schools are still bent on frustrating efforts put in by this administration to achieve zero extortion and free education in the state,” he said.
He cautioned school principals against sabotaging the efforts of government as anyone caught would face the full wrath of the law.
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