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Teacher sponsors orphan, who emerged best pupil to college

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A teacher at LGEA Primary School, Mashigi-Kurmi in Kaduna State, Aliyu Rabo, has sponsored an orphan, Idris Abdullahi, who emerged as the best graduating pupil of the school, to pursue secondary school education.

Rabo told the Nigeria News Agency on Monday in Kaduna that the boy had displayed high level of intelligence and wisdom, as such required support to continue with his education.

“His mother cannot take care of his education, because his father is dead. He has no elder brother nor any relatives that can help him proceed with his educational career.

“I am taking him to Government Science School Musawa in Katsina State to enable him continue with his education.

“I have decided to allocate some percentage of my salary to help the poor child continue his education like every other child.

“He is a disciplined, obedient, hardworking child, and is always revising his notebooks at home.

“However, hawking on the street always stopped him from coming to class regularly, because sometimes there is nothing to eat in their house.

“The entire family now focus on what to eat not about the child’s education because of poverty.

“That is why I want to sponsor him to have the best quality education in order for him to become what he aspires to be in life,” Rabo said.

The boy, who was issued his primary school leaving certificate on Monday, said he was aware of what education could do to change his social status.

“As such I use bush lamp every night to read even when I was unable to attend classes.

“I am aware that I am an orphan and my family are poor, but I don’t believe am poor mentally, as such revising my books has become a part me and I thank God for enabling me to learn fast.

“I never took second position in class, I am always the first throughout my primary school years, and I want to be a pilot,” Abdullahi said.

He appealed to government to provide special education support for orphans.

“I am calling on Governors and President Muhammadu Buhari to declare free education to all the orphans across the 36 states of Nigeria,” he said.

Sa’adatu Abdullahi, the mother of the child, expressed appreciation to Rabo for his magnanimity, adding that until now, she had lost hope that her son would be able to proceed to secondary school.

“All I do every morning is to send them to hawk on the street I never dream a day like this would come. I am the most happiest and grateful mother on this earth today.”

She prayed Almighty God continue to bless the teacher and his family for “this wonderful act of kindness.”

Reacting to the development, Ramatu Tijjani of the Foundation for the protection of women and children in Nigeria, said such teacher deserves a national honour.

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Edited by Maharazu Ahmed

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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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Gov. Akeredolu gives N47.6m car loan to primary school teachers in Ondo

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Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, on Thursday, gave out N47.6 million as car loans to primary school teachers in the state.
While presenting the cheques to the teachers in Akure at the Government House, Akeredolu explained that the same opportunity would be extended to other teachers as soon as the state became buoyant.
The governor, who said that arrangement had been concluded to employ more teachers in the state, urged them to guard against every form of abuse and corrupt practices.
Responding, one of beneficiaries, Mr Willie Famuwagun, thanked the governor for the gesture, which he described as a rare privilege and a demonstration of the value placed on teachers in the state.
Earlier, while appreciating the governor, Mr Sunday Adeleye, state Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), said that the gesture was the first of its kind since the creation of the state in 1976.
Also speaking, Mr Victor Amoko, Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in the state, gave kudos to the governor, urging the beneficiaries to maximise the money for better economic advantage and educational advancement.

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TRCN mobilises Nigerian Teachers for online “New Normal” global Conference

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Prof. Segun Ajiboye, the Registrar, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), says the council is mobilising thousands of Nigerian teachers to participate in an online global conference.

Ajiboye said this in a statement made available to News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) on Thursday in Ibadan.

He said the focus of the conference was adapting teaching to the change caused by corona virus disease (COVID-19) pandemic

“The conference is coordinated in Nigeria by T4Education in Nigeria.

The T4Education conference is an international package put together to address the issue of COVID-19 pandemic and education, especially as it affects teachers.

The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria through its state offices mobilised Nigerian teachers to attend the online conference knowing its relevance.

According to him, Nigerian teachers top the over 50,000 participants who have registered for the free online global conference.

He stated that the state offices of TRCN mobilised teachers in their respective domains to bring them up to speed on the adaptive mode of teaching occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ajiboye noted that the conference scheduled to begin on 30 May, 2020, would expose Nigerian teachers as part of the global professional knowledge impartation to prepare them for the new reality of their job.

Themed: “the New Normal for teachers”, the conference is aimed at sharing knowledge on how to leverage technology to retool teachers in a new world unfolding by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The TRCN boss stated that knowledge gained through the global conference would empower Nigerian teachers to learn new teaching dynamics  in their profession.

According to him, the conference will also help them compare notes and understand how to navigate the current challenge, which has halted schooling in Nigeria due to the pandemic

“And it’s also a potential to address new challenges arising from the pandemic

“It is heartwarming to note that out of over 50,000 (fifty thousand) teachers who have registered for this conference globally, Nigerian teachers constitute the majority. 

“The conference comes up on Saturday May 30, 2020,” Ajiboye said  

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Lagos partners Microsoft to train 18, 000 teachers – Commissioner

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Mrs Folashade Adefisayo, Commissioner for Education, Lagos State, said the state government had partnered Microsoft to train 18, 000 teachers to enhance computer literacy towards achieving a world best teaching and learning practices.

Adefisayo said this while discussing plans of the Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration for education on an online show, Covinspiration, moderated by Special Representative to the United Nations, and British Council Global Change-maker, Mr Dayo Israel.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the event was to keep the public abreast of the activities of administration in the last one year.

The commissioner said: “This COVID-19 lockdown period avails us the opportunity to improve our teachers. For instance, we partnered with Microsoft and they are teaching 18,000 of our teachers on digital literacy.

“So, they are going to come out of this training, being able to work comfortably with Word and Excel which is going to be done through the Zoom App because of the social distancing order.

“So, first of all, they are learning to be computer literate straightaway.”

According to her, computer literacy is of importance at this point when technology is evolving for the advancement of teaching and learning processes.

Adefisayo added that the introduction of Eko Excel Programme, which was part of the administration’s THEMES agenda, had improved the teaching and learning experiences in classroom between the teachers and pupils.

She added that the government and private sector were investing in online teaching and learning at this trying times, saying devices were being given to students for online learning.

“We have continued to call for devices and people have continued to give us, we are going to start giving them out within a week. Parents will be excited,” she said.

The commissioner said the online digital class would not be stopped after the pandemic, saying it would be used to reinforce teaching and learning.

According to her, the ministry is at the final stage of recruitment processes for 2,000 teachers in order to boost the standard of public primary school education in the state.

Adefisayo said the government, through the ministry, was looking at employing teachers every quarter, saying the rate of retirement of teachers was very high in Lagos.

She said the Sanwo-Olu’s administration had granted the ministry permission to replace retired teachers.

“The most important aspect of learning is the quality of teachers and we did not have enough teachers to actualise the set plan for learning in our public schools,” she said.

On school resumption, the commissioner, who noted that the ministry could not give the exact resumption date, said the government was watching the trend of the pandemic.

“We cannot say specifically that we are going to open on so and so date. We are also working with the federal government because it is not a decision that any state can take unilaterally.

“We are looking at the pandemic. The main thing for us is safety first, safety second, safety third. If we are certain that our children are fairly safe, we will open school,” she said.

On whether there were plans to put COVID-19 school safety protocols in place and ensure strict adherence when the school finally reopened, Adefisayo said the ministry was already working on a paper on this.

She said the ministry was working with the Federal Ministry of Education, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Development Agencies and others to develop a very robust protocol paper for school to reopen.

“Whenever we say the school will start, there will be notice, there will be time for preparations. We are going to have time within which schools will be able to put in place those protocols for children’s safety.

“Office of the Education Quality Assurance is working hard with us to ensure compliance,” she added.

According to her, considering the dynamism of the society needs, the government has also embarked on training of experts/corricullum developers that will fine-tune the curriculum towards preparing students in compliance with current societal needs.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Salif Atojoko (NAN)

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ENHA urges government to deduct salaries of teachers, LG staff from JAC

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The Enugu  House of Assembly has urged the State Government to deduct salaries of primary school teachers and other Local Government staff from the State’s Joint Allocation Committee (JAC).

This follows the adoption of a motion on the need to unify the salaries of primary school teachers and other local government workers.

The motion was sponsored by the member representing Nkanu West Constituency, Mr Iloabuchi Aniagu during plenary on Tuesday  in Enugu.

Presenting the motion, Aniagu recalled that the Speaker of the assembly, Chief Edward Ubosi, had in 2015, led a committee on a verification exercise to all the 17 Local Government Areas.

Anomalies associated with the late payment of primary school teachers and other local government workers were discovered during the exercise.

He noted that unifying the payment system would go a long way in addressing the issue of late or half salary payments of these categories of workers.

According to him, embarking on infrastructural development, irrespective of the importance attached to it, without paying the salaries of her workers is a breach of government policy for any local government.

The lawmaker urge the state government to deduct salaries of primary school teachers and local government staff from local government allocations, before appropriating the remaining funds to respective Councils.

”Enugu  is among the few states in Nigeria that does not owe salaries of her workers, even in the face of dwindling federal allocation and internally generated revenue.

”The reverse is the case with the local governments, where some of them pay half salaries to her workers, while some others  pay in arrears.

”This is caused by the deduction made on individual local government area’s accounts based on the number of teachers in the council.

”It will interest you to know that most of the teachers posted into interior areas work their transfer back to the urban and semi-urban local governments, thereby increasing the wage bill of those local government areas” Aniagu said.

Also contributing, Mr. Chukwuka Eneh representing Udi South Constituency said deducting the salaries of primary school teachers and other local government staff from the JAC, would  enable the State Government pay them together with state workers.

This according to him will boost the morale of the affected workers and eliminate the flimsy excuses given by local government chairmen, for not paying workers.

Another member representing Oji-river Constituency, Mr. Jeff Mba commended the sponsor of the motion, which would address the rural-urban migration among primary school teachers and local government workers.

Mba urged the state government to establish a formula for distribution of primary school teachers and local government workers among the 17 LGAs, which would be based on equity and need.

Ubosi appreciated his colleague for their robust contribution to the motion.

He said that the motion would save the state from experiencing financial crisis in the payment of its workforce, especially now that the whole world was facing the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

The House adjourned to Thursday, May  21, for further legislative activities.

Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

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Feature: Leaving no one behind — Cambodian teachers deliver lessons to homes as digital gap threatens students’ rights

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Sen Vanna, a primary school teacher in a rural area in southeast Cambodia’s Tboung Khmum province, travels to teach his students at their homes every day after schools have been closed to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ministry of Education has encouraged students to study through provided online platforms or TV channels; however, Vanna said students in his area, about 67 km west of the Tboung Khmum provincial town, have difficulty accessing both the internet and TV channels.

With the advice from the provincial education department, Vanna and other teachers at the Hun Sen Chheuteal primary school in Peam Chileang commune of Tboung Khmum district, since earlier this month, began to travel to students’ homes to deliver lessons.

“In the commune, students can not study online because they do not have smart phones and the internet service here is very poor, while learning on provided TV channels is also impossible because of no signal,” the 64-year-old teacher told Xinhua via phone recently.

“Therefore, with the instruction from the provincial education department, teachers at the school have decided to travel to teach students at their houses in small groups,” he added.

Vanna, who is a fourth-grade teacher, said he had to drive his motorbike for about 20 km every working day to and fro between his house and students’ houses.

He first looked for houses that had enough space for sitting and then arranged four or five students to gather in one house as a group for classes.

“I teach each group for half an hour and then, I go to teach another group,” he said. “I can teach four groups of students for the whole morning.”

Vanna said he always practice good hygiene during each session, and both he and his students wear face masks and keep social distancing.

The teacher said he have more than 40 students, but not all of them have the opportunity to attend his teaching as some have to help their parents with farming at this time of year.

For Vanna, traveling a long way to teach from one house to another in different villages is undoubtedly tiring but, he said, it is his obligation as a teacher.

“This is my obligation, and I pity the students who have missed classes for months due to the COVID-19,” said Vanna, who has been a teacher for nearly 40 years.

Education Ministry spokesman Ros Soveacha said on Thursday that for students in rural areas who can not access online classes or have no TVs, they can gather to study, but the number must not be more than 10 and they must keep social distancing and follow health advice provided by health authorities.

The Southeast Asian country closed all academic institutions since mid-March to stem the COVID-19 spread.

Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron said in a letter recently that despite no new COVID-19 cases detected in the kingdom over the past month, schools would remain closed until November, when the new academic year begins, in order to avoid the virus spreading in communities and to prevent a second wave of COVID-19 infections.

Cambodia’s Ministry of Health said on Saturday that all of the 122 COVID-19 patients in the kingdom have recovered, as the country has detected no new cases of the virus for more than a month.

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