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Teacher canvasses well-equipped laboratories for students’ performance

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Mrs Adeola Adekusibe, a teacher in Osun State, on Monday, urged school owners

to properly equip science laboratories to improve students’ performance in sciences.

Adekusibe made the call in a telephone interview with News Agency of Nigeria .

According to her, well equipped laboratories will enhance students’ understanding and drastically reduce

abstractness during teaching and learning process.

The teacher said that quality laboratories in various private and secondary schools would fast-track understanding

of practical works or set of skills, techniques or activities.

She further advised school teachers to intensify efforts in using industrial simulation, television, experiments, group

discussions, industrial decision making, directed activities related to texts as methodology strategies.

According to her, the deployment of such effective strategies in teaching and learning will encourage

more students to take careers in science.

“ There is a wide variety of jobs and careers that require knowledge and application of science, from research to business

and from regulation to teaching.

“Such efforts will help the nation to attain growth above average in terms of increase in technological advancement,

science, industrialisation, economic growth, good agricultural practices, per capital income, among others,” she noted

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Buhari celebrates Erogbogbo, the ‘Kind Teacher’ at 90

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President Muhammadu Buhari has rejoiced with Alhaja Sadiat Erogbogbo, a retired teacher and businesswoman who turns 90 on Sunday, June 7.

In a congratulatory message released by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Saturday, the President described Erogbogbo as a well-rounded Nigerian.

Mama Erogbogbo was born in Kano in 1930, schooled in Lagos and later taught in Kano, Lagos and Jos, where she impacted positively on the lives of students who passed through her tutelage.

He felicitated with the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of the woman, who was known as ‘Kind Teacher’ in the early part of her professional life.

President Buhari saluted Mama Erogbogbo, who is mother to the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

He wished her sound mind and good health, even as she is celebrated at 90 by all those whose lives she had touched positively.

A devout member of Ansar Ud Deen Ladies Society, the President commended the piousness of Mama Erogbogbo to the younger generation.


Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Tanzanian president pledges full support for teachers amid COVID-19

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Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Friday pledged full support for teachers and assured them that the government will continue paying their wages amid COVID-19.

Even if COVID-19 lasts for 10 years, I assure all teachers that the government will continue paying your monthly wages,” Magufuli said when he officially opened a one-day general meeting of the Tanzania Teachers’ Union (TTU) in the capital Dodoma.

In a live televised address by state-run Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation, the president said the government’s monthly wage bill stood at about 600 billion Tanzanians shillings (about 259 million United States dollars) and half of it was being used for paying about 267,000 teachers.

“I will never let down my fellow teachers. I have experienced challenges facing teachers across the country,” Magufuli, a former chemistry teacher, told the meeting that brought together 1,138 teachers from different regions.

President Magufuli also hinted that arrangements were afoot to reopen primary and secondary schools which were shut down on March 17 following the outbreak of the viral disease in the east African nation on March 16.

Leah Ulaya, the TTU President, thanked the head of state for supporting the teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic, pledging to work hard with integrity in efforts aimed at improving the standard of education in the country.

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Anambra govt. empowers teachers with farm inputs for school farming

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Mr Nnamdi Onukwuba, the Commissioner for Agriculture in Anambra says the ministry has extended its farm inputs distribution to schools across the state for the 2020 farming season.

Onukwuba made this known on Thursday while presenting the farm inputs to some teachers in Awka.

The commissioner urged the teachers to key into the subsistence farming policy for school children initiated by Gov. Willie Obiano to promote agriculture in the state.

He said that most public primary and secondary schools in the state have large expanse of land, which could be used for cropping activities and urged the teachers to maximise the policy.

He described Obiano as agriculture-friendly governor, who had always supported farmers with certified inputs and wished to put food on the table of the people of the state.

“We want to chase away hunger and unemployment in our state; we must join hands with the governor to promote agriculture,” he said.

He said that the inputs support given to the schools would achieve maximum yield and tasked the teachers to make efforts to achieve the government’s goal of encouraging young farmers in the state.

Onukwuba charged the teachers to apply the inputs using best agricultural practices to achieve the objective which the school farming was initiated.

He said that the ministry had presented pumpkin, okro and maize seedlings, sweet potatoes, lime, cassava stems and organic fertiliser to various schools.

Mrs Ifenyinwa Uzoka, the Director of Extension Services in the ministry, who briefed the teachers on the best agricultural practices, said an agro company, “Harvest plus” provided some of the seedlings to the ministry to support government’s call for  “Go back to Agriculture” initiative.

Mr Joevita Arazu, the Principal of Igwebuike Grammar School Awka, who spoke on behalf of other teachers reassured of their support to government policies.

Arazu said that they would do their best to key into the new policy of subsistence farming for school children.

He commended the government and ministry of agriculture for their support to schools in the state and promised to utilise the inputs properly.


Edited By: Nick Nicholas/Grace Yussuf (NAN)

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Ogun to train teachers on digital literacy 

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The Ogun Government says plans are underway to train its teachers on digital technology, remote learning and centralised digital content.

The Special Adviser to Gov. Dapo Abiodun on Primary and Secondary Education, Mrs Ronke Soyombo made this known while speaking with newsmen on Friday in her office.

According to her, the initiative is part of the efforts toward enhancing and ensuring qualitative teaching and learning in secondary schools in the state.

She noted that the “Ogun Digiclass” project was designed to equip and develop teachers and students of the state during and post COVID-19 era.

According to Soyombo, this is in tandem with the vision of the present administration to advance quality education and human capital development driven by technology.

She explained that no fewer than 11,000 education professionals and stakeholders including principals and teachers of different subjects in the secondary sector were on board in the closed platform.

The Ogun DigiClass project is designed to develop our teachers and students during and after the COVID-19.

“It has been replicated in schools with online staff meetings and engagement between principals and teachers in the state in tandem with vision of Gov. Dapo Abiodun, to advance quality education and human capital development that is technology driven.

“Different clusters of above mentioned groups have been having virtual engagements from sensitisation to subject association meetings, and to shared resources such as learning materials and curriculum for 3rd Term to mention a few,” she said.

Soyombo promised that additional teachers and school leaders in the state Universal Basic Education Board would be trained.

Edited By: Folasade Adeniran/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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COVID-19: A’Ibom Assembly makes e-learning training mandatory for teachers

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Akwa Ibom House of Assembly in a resolution on Thursday, urged the State Ministry of Education to commence training and re-training of teachers on e-learning tools.

This it said would sharpen their skills on e-teaching and e-learning in line with the present coronavirus situation.

The resolution was taken sequel to a motion of urgent public importance brought before the House by the member representing Etim Ekpo/Ika State Constituency, Mr Mfon Idung.

Idung said there was need for training and re-training of teachers on e-learning tools in preparation for post COVID -19 Education Models.

The lawmaker said the motion was necessitated following perceived lack of preparedness by primary and secondary school teachers to confront changes in the education system occasioned by the pandemic.

He said that the pandemic had greatly changed educational systems, shifting focus from conventional chalk board demonstration, to sufficiently digital, e-learning and e-teaching models.

He urged the ministry of education to consider making ICT compliance by teachers a major prerequisite for entry into the reaching service.

The lawmaker expressed concern that teachers’ inadequacy, incompetency and inability to operate computers and engage in e-teaching would impact adversely on the performances of pupils and students across the state.

The Speaker, Mr Aniekan Bassey, said the motion was timely and commended the member representing Etim Ekpo/Ika for bringing the motion before the house.

He directed the Clerk of the House, Mrs Mandu Umoren, to communicate the resolution of the Assembly to the appropriate quarters.

Also at plenary, the Assembly received motions on incessant and unauthorised encroachment of communities in Ini Local Government Area by neighbouring Abia communities from the member representing Ini State Constituency, Mr Emmanuel Bassey.

The speaker referred the motion to the Committee on Boundary and Conflict Resolution and to report back to the house within one month.

The Assembly also received a report of the Public Accounts Committee on the Audited Accounts of Akwa Ibom Government for the Year Ended Dec. 31, 2019.

The House adjourned plenary to reconvene on June 10.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

 

 

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Niger SUBEB to reexamine teachers for professionalism – Chairman

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The Universal Basic Education Board (NSUBEB) Niger State, says it will  reexamine teachers to ensure they meet expected professional standard.

Chairman of the Board, Dr Isah Adamu said this while inaugurating a 15-member  Teaching and Non-Teaching staff Committee for the 25 Local Government Education Authorities on Wedneaday in Minna.

He said the committee would conduct staff audit exercise for teaching and non-teaching staff across the 25 Local Government  Education Authorities (LGEAs) in the state.

“This will help us to determine the kind of staff that we are parading as teachers. We want to know if they are able to deliver on their subject matter as it pertains teaching and learning.

“It will help us to verify the staff qualification as commensurate to their grade level, ” he said.

Adamu tasked all staff of LGEAs to cooperate with the committee so that the aim of the exercise would be achieved.

He said  the committee had 30 days to submit its report and recommendations while urging them to be transparent in their assignment.

“Due process should be your watchword and discharge this assignment without fear or favor.

“It is expected that you will bring your professional knowledge and expertise to bear on this assignment so as to contribute to the overall development of education in our dear state,” he said.

According to him, inconsistencies in staff data has been a challenge and a clog in the wheel of progress in Niger state Basic Education sub-sector.

“That is the reason, auditing our personnel in the actual number becomes paramount.

“The stagnated figures despite death, retirement and quest for greener pasture by our staff is something we must do and unravel as quickly as possible,” he said.

Similarly, he assured that the exercise is not aimed at witch-hunting anyone, but a deliberate effort to strengthen the system for effective service delivery.

“Anyone with any useful information that will aid the work of this committee should not hesitate to share such information for the benefit of our dear state,” he said.

He, however, noted that any attempt by stakeholders to conceal the truth or sabotage efforts of the board would be severely dealt with.

Adamu reassured that government of Gov. Abubakar Bello was poised to better the lots of teachers in the state by ensuring that all their due benefits were given to them as at when due.

“The governor has reassured us of his determination and willingness to improve on teacher’s welfare but consistency in staff data hinders all efforts, hence this inauguration.

” It is therefore desirable for us to carry out this exercise so as to determine our factual staff against the current one,” he said.

Also,  Mr Ibrahim Umar, Chairman Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Niger chapter while appreciating the board,  said that the project was timely and exigent.

The Niger (NUT) needs this project so that we have authentic membership of our union, Niger State Uniniversal Basic Educaton Board (NSUBEB) will need it to sort out lingering issues on promotion and increment of teachers in Niger.

“Our problem as teachers can only be solved with such projects coming on board and Niger (NUT) will do all in its power to see that the project is successful,” he added.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that members of the committee include Alhaji Ayuba Katako, chairman for zone A,  Alhaji Saidu Ibrahim, chairman for zone B,  Alhaji Khalid Garba chairman for zone C , Alhaji Ibrahim Umar,  NUT chairman Niger State chapter and 11 others


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Lagos recruits 3,000 teachers in 12 months

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The Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folashade Adefisayo, announced on Tuesday that 3,000 primary and secondary school teachers had been recruited by the State Government in the past 12 months.

Addressing a news conference to mark the ministry’s annual ministerial press briefing at Ikeja, Adefisayo said the recruitment was to boost education in the state.

She said that education, which represented the third pillar of the current administration’s `THEMES Agenda’ had aided teaching and learning in the state.

THEMES is a code, representing the six pillars of development as enunciated by the administration of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The code stands for Traffic Management and Transportation; Health and Environment; Education and Technology; Making Lagos a 21st Century state; Security and Governance.

Adefisayo said that training and workshops had also been organised for 4,400 teachers and social officers drawn from various education districts in the state.

According to her, six blocks of 92 classrooms have been completed in some primary schools while 54 classrooms in some secondary schools have been upgraded to ease classroom congestion.

The State Government under the Universal Basic Education Commission and State Universal Basic Education intervention projects has commenced delivery of 10,164 furniture and 60,000 chair-table units to public schools.

Gov. Sanwo-Olu has approved the establishment of well-equipped science laboratories in 11 state senior secondary schools and five Government Technical Colleges.

“In the past one year, the ministry instituted better school governance and administration by launching Eko-Excel (Excellence in Child Education) programme, which are operational in 300 public primary schools in the state.

The State Government also provided two new buses, laptops, photocopying machines to basic education quality assurance officers for monitoring of primary schools.

“These have improved the capacity and welfare of students who have continued to emerge tops at several national and international competitions like the JETS competition, World Robot Olympiad, held at Edutus University, Gyor, Hungary and the Chinese Bridge Proficiency Competition to mention a few.”

The commissioner said that in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, students had remained engaged through electronic learning.

She said that a total of 135,445 pupils were being fed one meal a day in 976 schools across the state through the Home Grown School Feeding Programme.


Edited By: Joe Idika/Silas Nwoha (NAN)

 

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COVID-19: CLO urges state govts to provide soft loan to teachers to engage in farming

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The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), an NGO, has urged state governments to provide soft loan to teachers to engage in farming as schools remain closed because of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Chairman of CLO, Anambra branch, Mr Vincent Ezekwueme, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Tuesday against the backdrop of the plight of teachers in private schools.

NAN reports that schools nationwide were closed by both federal and state governments to effectively contain and check the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ezekwueme said that since February most private schools had closed and there had been no time frame for them to resume.

He noted that teachers especially those in private schools had continued to find it difficult to survive.

“It is very unfortunate and pathetic that some private school teachers and workers in organised private sector have not received their salaries since February.

“The panacea is for government to provide soft loan for teachers, especially private teachers, to enable them embark on farming activities.

“This will enable them engage themselves more meaningfully even as they await to hear of the scheduled timetable for school resumption and actual resumption itself,’’ he said.

The chairman, however, urged state governments to provide palliatives to private school teachers in their various states.

“Pertinently, this is in view of the deluge of complaints of hardship from teachers especially those in private schools to our office caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“State governments should summon emergency meeting with private school proprietors to find mutual and amicable resolution of their financial challenges in order to save our educational system from imminent collapse after COVID-19,’’ he added.


Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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BiH, UNICEF organize online workshops for teachers during COVID-19 lockdown

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Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) education authorities, along with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) BiH, have organized 20 online workshops for elementary school and high school teachers during the COVID-19 lockdown, UNICEF BiH said in a press statement on Monday.

According to UNICEF BiH, over 4,000 education professionals from BiH and its neighboring countries participated in workshops from April till June. Teachers used the opportunity to learn new digital skills to improve their online teaching practice, it noted.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, primary and secondary schools in BiH have been closed since mid-March, resulting in around 400,000 children being schooled online in their homes.

Educational institutions in BiH have introduced teaching via online platforms so that school shutdowns did not stop learning, the UNICEF BiH said.

“This pandemic opened windows of opportunity for innovations in the education system and introduction of digital content, during and after the pandemic. The quality of education is dependent on the quality of teaching, and it is crucial to support teachers to develop their professional skills to adapt to the new environment,” said Dr. Rownak Khan, UNICEF representative in BiH.

According to the Ministry of Education of Canton Sarajevo, the school year in elementary and high-schools ends on June 9.

Since the epidemiological situation improves significantly, it is expected that children will be back in schools on Sept. 2 when the next school year begins.

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