FG, UN collaborate to secure schools

Lagos – The Federal Government is collaborating
with the UN Special Envoy on Global Education to
ensure security in all schools in the country.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of
Education, Dr MacJohn Nwaobiala, disclosed this
in an address he delivered at the annual Speech
and Prize -Giving Day ceremony of King’s College
Lagos.
The permanent secretary, who was the special
guest of honour at the event, said the
collaboration was aimed at providing a pragmatic
response to the protection of schools.
He added that it was also to prevent future
attacks in schools across the country.
According to him, the initiative is equally in a bid
to ensure uninterrupted education for the
Nigerian-child.
”The Federal government in collaboration with the
UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon
Brown, and a coalition of Nigeria Business
leaders, introduced the Safe Schools Initiative.
”Through this intervention, the Federal
government is also reconstructing the
infrastructure of schools destroyed as well as
protecting children,” he said.
The permanent secretary called on school
authorities to intensify sensitization programmes
to ensure that unhygienic practices that created
high risk conditions for the spread of ebola
disease are adequately addressed.
Nwaobiala said government had, in an effort to
achieve a more conducive learning environment
in Unity Colleges, continued to provide educational
facilities which include e-library.
He added that emphasis had also been laid on
training and re-training of teachers for effective
teaching and learning outcomes.

”New teaching staff have also been recruited to
address the shortage of teachers in the Federal
Unity Colleges.
”ICT and Trade subjects for entrepreneurship as
compulsory cross-cutting core subjects have
been introduced.
”These efforts are aimed at providing the required
skills for job creation , poverty reduction and
making our students self reliant for sustainable
national development.”
He commended parents for their sacrifices to
ensure their children acquire quality education
and teachers for their commitment to education
and the success of their students.
He urged the graduating students to be worthy
ambassadors of the college as well as strive to
assist their alma-matar.
Earlier in his address, the Principal of the college,
Oladele Olapeju, expressed concern over
government’s policies on education which he said
tended to lay undue emphasis on examinations to
the detriment of knowledge acquisition.

”While agreeing that examination is essential in
measuring learning achievement, the situation is
very disturbing as our graduating students spend
almost five months crisscrossing one
examination hall to the other with barely little time
to study.
”The experience is too harrowing and on the long
run costly to knowledge acquisition.
”The Joined Admissions and Matriculation Board
must strive to adjust its examination date to July
ending every year in order to allow the final year
students concentrate on their studies,” he said.
Olapaju said another similar disturbing issue in
the school calendar was the issue of time for the
Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE),
which was often completed early in May.
He noted that students at this level sit at home
idle for months awaiting to transit to SS 1.
The media reports that four major projects in the
college comprising two state-of-the art barbing
saloons, an ICT laboratory, staff quarters and a
360KVA generator were inaugurated during the
event.
– NAN

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