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Nigeria fails to make heaadway in development index because it neglected Primary/Secondary education

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Nigeria fails to make heaadway in development index because it neglected Primary/Secondary education.

The former executive Secretary, National Universities Commission professor Julius Okogie has indicated that the Nigerian Human Development Index has continued to nosedive in ranking because it has failed to address it’s primary and secondary education system.
Speaking at the fourth Convocation lecture of the Salem University Lokoja as guest lecturer yesterday the former Secretary said for any serious country should understand that education is a great agent of change.
According to him, “Countries that have effectively addressed the problems in the primary and secondary education system are leaders in the indices for measuring economic development and the wellbeing of their people.”
Explaining further he said such indices are used to present matrices for ranking countries.
Okogie pointed out that countries such as Finland, Norway, Singapore, Switzerland and Mauritius that have addressed the education systems at these levels are top of the rankings.
He observed that in the high ranking countries education is free and compulsory at the basic and post basic levels adding that parents risk a severe jail term if they fail to register their children.
However he indicated that in Nigeria education no longer guarantee bright future.
The primary and secondary schools which are the foundation of good education are in parlous State in Nigeria.
“More than 10.2 million children are out-of-school, the highest in Sub-Saharan Africa and teacher quality is poor.”
He said worse still is the fact that only 60% of teachers in primary schools are qualified to teach.
Continuing he said, the infrastructure is so poor that pupils study under the trees on bare ground. Teaching materials are absent or inadequate while absentee teachers are in the majority which is responsible for the poor performance in recent times in public schools.
Hence Okogie pointed out that it is the reason for the proliferation of private primary and secondary and Universities

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ASUU dares Buhari, insists on UTAS not IPPS

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***Tackles presidency on lipservice to Local Content


of Universities (ASUU) yesterday insisted it will not be cowed by President Muhammadu Buhari’s threats on Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System(IPPIS) as they insisted on on their home grown templateUniversity Transparency and Accountability solution (UTAS)
President Muhammadu Buhari had, during budget presentation last Thursday, said only Federal staff that have been captured on the IPPIS platform will receive salaries. It would also be recalled that ASUU had presented UTAS to the Government five years ago for which it agreed to partner by bringing on board three persons only to backpeddal at the last minute.However, President of ASSU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi while speaking to newsmen said they are not going back on their stand about UTAS which he said the Senate President has appreciated.”We have never shifted from that position, We believe that they are going to create the platform for presenting UTAS to other stakeholdersOn whether they will go back to classroom why the negotiation continues he asked rhetorically what they are taking back to the classroom?According to him, “UTAS is home grown while IPPIS is foreign, we are talking about local content. “We have shown that we are inventors, we are.creators of software and we are also capable of doing what our colleagues are doing in other parts of the world so Nigerian scholars are not inferior why should we be patronising foreigners for what we can do in Nigeria?”

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Kogi to overhaul, reposition education sector with relevant laws – Commissioner

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Kogi to overhaul, reposition education sector with relevant laws – Commissioner


By Friday Idachaba

Kogi State Commissioner for Education, Mr Wemi Jones has said that the state Education sector would soon be overhauled and repositioned for better service delivery with the Education sector law in place.

Jones disclosed this during the celebration of the “2020 World Teachers’ Day” organised by the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS) Nigeria on Monday in Lokoja.

He said that for the education sector to witness the required turnaround, a functional law must be in place to provide legal backing for the reforms to take shape, resuscitate and revitalise the sector.

The Commissioner said the State Education bill was recently passed by the state House of Assembly adding that what remained now was for the governor to append his signature and make it a law.

He said that in a society where there was no law there won’t be offence, adding, “We are starting the Education reform in Kogi State by getting our laws together.

“We are in the process of embarking on monumental and fundamental reforms in Kogi State” he said, adding that the administration of Gov. Yahaya Bello would turn the challenges in the education sector into opportunities.

Jones said, “No nation can grow beyond the quality of its teachers. Kogi has quality teachers and we are not going to allow those qualities to rust. We are aware of the negative consequences on education if the teacher is not well motivated”, he said.

Ranti Ojo, State chairman of the Union speaking earlier, decried the acute shortage of teachers in Secondary schools in the state and appealed to the State Government to quickly avert possible collapse of the system.

He described the teacher situation in the secondary schools as abysmal adding that the situation had attained a pandemic status as a result of the fallouts of the screening exercise in which many were compulsorily retired.

The union leader drew the attention of the state government to the deplorable condition of most of schools in the state saying that over 90 per cent of secondary schools in the state suffered infrastructures dilapidation, lack of laboratories while the libraries existed without books.

“We are renewing our call on government to, as a matter of urgency declare a state of emergency in secondary education in the state to steer it away from the precipice where it is now heading”, he said.

Meanwhile the Gov. Yahaya Bello has congratulated teachers in the state on the occasion of this year’s World Teachers’ Day, restating his administration’s unflinching commitment to their improved welfare and well-being.

Bello who disclosed this in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Mohammed commended teachers for the critical role they play in moulding and building the society through their quality teachings.

According to him, teachers remain the father of all other professions as nobody could attain any height in his or her professional calling without first of all being taught by a teacher.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the highlight of the occasion was the presentation of a paper on “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” by a Leadership expert, Joshua Olorunfemi. (NAN)

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See why Gov Bello says he is committed to improving schools infrastructure in Kogi

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See why Gov Bello says he is committed to improving schools infrastructure in Kogi

That teaching profession remains the father of all other professions is not contestable as nobody could attain any height in his or her professional calling without first of all being taught by a teacher.
This was how Governor Yahaya Bello rates teachers when he restated his administration’s unflinching commitment to their improved welfare and well-being.
The occasion was the 2020 World’s Teachers Day when Bello congratulated teachers in the state.
This was contained in Statement issued on Monday by his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Mohammed.
In the State Governor Bello extolled teachers for the critical role they play in moulding and building the society through their quality teachings.
He said,
“Unarguably, teachers are the fathers of all professions! For anyone to be able to read and write, he or she must have been taught by a teacher or many teachers.

“The teaching profession is what gives birth to other professions and professionals.

“No one becomes a lawyer, doctor, engineer, nurse, pilot, architect, builder, journalist, pharmacist etc without a teacher.

“It therefore means that teachers occupy prominent position in the society and as a government, we ever remain committed to improving on the welfare and well-being of this category of workers to enable them give their best.

“Besides our commitment to improving the welfare of teachers, we are also committed to giving face lifts to our educational infrastructures across the state to engender conducive teaching and learning atmosphere for our teeming teachers and students.

“Once again, I congratulate all our teachers for their dedication and commitment to duties”, he said.

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