By Modupe Gbadeyanka
About $500 million has been earmarked by the World Bank as grant to fund basic education in Nigeria for five years.
It was disclosed that only five states in the northern part of the country would benefit from the largesse.
This information was made known in a statement issued by the Information Officer of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Mrs Helen Okoro.
Dr Olatunde Adekola was credited to have revealed this to UBEC and he is the Head, World Bank International Reconstruction and Development team.
According to statement, the World Bank explained that the fund was for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), established to improve access to quality education at the basic level in Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa, Sokoto and Katsina States.
Mrs Okoro said in the statement that, “Five hundred million dollars has been set aside as Global Partnership for Education (GPE)/ Nigerian Partnership for Education Project (NIPEP) to fund education in the five beneficiary states of Jigawa, Kano, Kaduna, Katsina and Sokoto.”
According to her, Dr Adekola commended the Federal Government for the NIPEP project, adding that it was the first time government was focusing on strategies aimed at moving the basic education sub-sector forward.
She said the $2.5 billion dollars credit that the Federal Government requested from the World Bank to finance the 2016 budget could only be released after fulfilling certain conditions.
Anxiety as ASUU Further Extends Strike by Four Weeks
By Adedapo Adesanya
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has again extended the ongoing strike by four weeks with effect from Monday, August 1, 2022, to give the government enough time to resolve all outstanding issues with the lecturers.
This was disclosed by the president of the union, Mr Emmanuel Osodeke, in a statement on Monday.
The ASUU leader stated that the body conveyed an emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting at the University of Abuja on Sunday.
“Following extensive deliberations and taking cognisance of the government’s past failures to abide by its own timelines in addressing issues raised in the 2020 FGN/ASUU Memorandum of Action (MOA), NEC resolved that the strike be rolled over for four weeks to give the government more time to satisfactorily resolve all the outstanding issues. The roll-over strike action is with effect from 12.01 am on Monday, 1st August 2022,” the statement read.
Specifically, NEC recalled the government’s failure to conclude the process of renegotiating the 2009 FGN/ASUU Agreement, deploy the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), pay outstanding arrears of Earned Academic Allowances (EAA), release the agreed sum of money for the revitalization of public universities (Federal and States), address proliferation and governance issues in State Universities, settle promotion arrears, release withheld salaries of academics, and pay outstanding third-party deductions led to the initial declaration of the roll-over strike on 14th February 2022.
The group said it “observed that non-signing of the draft renegotiated 2009 FGN-ASUU Agreement more than one month after it was concluded by Professor Nimi Briggs-led Committee is further tasking the patience of ASUU members nationwide.”
it was further disclosed that the “cumulative indifference by the political class gave vent to a pervasive atmosphere of insecurity which now threatens the seamless provision of educational services in the country. The unceremonious closure of educational institutions in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), following the recent attack on Presidential Guards, betrays a panicky measure to addressing a malignant ailment. Nothing short of a comprehensive overhaul of the security architecture of the country will sustainably address the problem.”
Oyo Queries Head Teachers for Denying Pupils Access to Exam Halls
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Some head teachers in public primary schools in Oyo State have been issued queries by the state government for denying pupils access to examination halls over the failure of their parents to pay some fees described as “illegal.”
The Executive Chairman of the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Mr Nureni Aderemi Adeniran, during a monitoring exercise in Ibadan, said it was wrong for the learners to be denied access to the ongoing Public Primary Schools Unified Examination over fees unrelated to the exam.
It was gathered that some pupils could not write the exam because their parents did not pay some fees imposed by the School-Based Management Committee (SBMC).
Mr Adeniran, who expressed anger over this development, said no child should be discriminated against because of fees as the state government had abolished the collection of any development levy in all schools across the state.
He directed that the affected head teachers, five at the Methodist Basic School (School 1-5), Gan-gansi, to be served queries as a deterrent to others who may be collecting such illegal fees.
“No doubt, SBMCs and PTAs can contribute to the development of their local schools but it must not in any way affect the education of pupils.
“No child should be discriminated against in the state education sector,” the Oyo SUBEB leader said.
He disclosed that some parents had reported to the board that head teachers of the school denied their children access to examination halls for failure to pay the N100 development levy charged by the school’s management and SBMC through a popular radio station in Ibadan.
Mr Adeniran said the administration of Governor Seyi Makinde would not fold its arms and allow saboteurs to ridicule its efforts in mandating free education, adding that the ongoing education reforms of the present administration in the state have yielded huge results that must not be sabotaged.
The SUBEB boss also directed that all learners should be allowed to sit for exams without any form of hindrance, urging teachers in all public schools to adhere strictly to the state government’s policies and directives on education.
Some of the schools visited were IMG, Ibuko Ibadan South East LGA; Ratibi Muslim School, Molete, South-West; IMG Basic School, Idi-Iroko, Molete.
Mr Adeniran, who led a team of officials from SUBEB, also visited Islamic Mission School 1, Bode, Ibadan; Methodist Basic School 1-5, Gan-gansi and Community Primary School, Awotunde, Ona-ara LGA and a host of others.
He said the monitoring exercise continues in the course of the week, which will also be extended to other zones of the State, including Ogbomoso, Oyo, Oke-Ogun and Ibarapa.
FG Closes FGC Kwali Over Terror Attack Threat
By Adedapo Adesanya
The federal government has ordered the immediate closure of one of its colleges, the Federal Government College (FGC), Kwali located in Kwali Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja over fears of a terror attack.
This was disclosed by Mr Ben Goong, who is the Director of Press and Public Relations at the Federal Ministry of Education, in a statement on Monday in the nation’s capital.
According to him, the Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, gave the directive in the early hours of July 25 in a bid to prevent any attack on the school.
He said the closure of FGC Kwali became necessary following the security breach on Sheda and Lambata villages in the suburbs of Kwali Area Council.
While Mr Adamu said the timely intervention of security operatives saved the situation, he directed the authorities of the school to make arrangements for final year students to conclude their National Examination Council (NECO) examinations.
The Minister also directed principals of unity colleges across the country to communicate with security agencies within their jurisdictions in a bid to forestall any security breach in the government schools.
Read the full statement below:
FG Orders Closure of FGC Kwali, Security Beef-Up In Unity Colleges.
The Federal Ministry of Education has ordered the immediate closure of one of its colleges, the Federal Government College Kwali, located in Kwali Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Education Minister, Adamu Adamu who gave the directive in the early hours of this morning said the closure became necessary following security breach on Sheda and Lambata Villages, suburbs of Kwali Area Council which also threatened FGC Kwali.
According to the Minister, the timely intervention of security Agencies saved the situation.
Adamu Adamu also directed that arrangements should be made for final year students to conclude their NECO examinations.
The Minister has also directed Principals of Unity Colleges across the country to liaise with security Agencies within their jurisdictions in order to forestall any security breach in our schools.
Ben. Bem Goong.
Director Press and Public Relations.
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