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Exclusive: Dearth of running grants hit public schools in Oyo

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PUBLIC primary and secondary school education may suffer setback in Oyo State following the inability of the state government to inject funds into the school system

The state governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, had, at different fora directed that all forms of payment in public primary and secondary schools ceased with immediate effect, a decision which has left the schools without running funds to maintain curricular and co- curricular activities, investigations by Mega Icon Magazine have shown.

Also, the state government has refused to employ teachers despite an acute shortage of teaching personnel in public primary and secondary schools across the state, while private teachers hired through the contributions of Parents Teachers Association (PTA) were relieved of their jobs.

Our checks further revealed that the public schools became the target of attacks by hoodlum following the forced withdrawal of security guards, especially the night guards after Governor Makinde announced the abolition of payment of the fees.

Reacting to this development, one of the Principals who spoke in confidence lamented, “we are finding it difficult to pay for the services of security guards and others employed to complement our efforts”.

Before now, pupils in public secondary schools paid N1000 per term each under the education policy of Schools’ Governing Boards (SGBs) of the immediate past administration led by Senator Abiola Ajimobi. Investigations unearthed that the N1000 fees were domiciled in the accounts of the schools for their smooth -running.

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Meanwhile, the Oyo state government through its Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Kehinde Sangodoyin at the launching and dedication of projects embarked upon by Old Students of Ibadan City Academy, Ibadan vowed that the government would start paying running cost for the upkeep of public schools from Monday September 30th, 2019.

 

According to Prof. Sangodoyin, ” parts of the State education policy is to improve access and participation of our students in academic activities at all levels, be it primary or secondary and since the governor has removed levies hitherto paid by our students and has just approved the payment of running cost to our primary and secondary schools”.

However, our findings on  Wednesday (9th October, 2019) revealed that the state government has not fulfilled its promise .

 

Another Principal, who also pleaded anonymity lamented the cancelation of the Education Development Levy without providing an alternative, adding that running of schools had become ineffective.

He observed that there was high disregard for continuity in the formulation of educational policies, stressing that lack of funds has contributed to the schools’ inability to effectively implement the curriculum, which has greatly affected the academic activities.

While, highlighting the challenges during a chat with our reporter, he , however sought government’s intervention.

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“We are faced with numerous challenges, which include inadequate teachers, inability to effectively implement the school curriculum on some subjects and lack of teachers and facilities.”

Shockingly, the same concerns were raised in other schools visited by our reporter.

Speaking further, he disclosed that
considerable numbers of pupils in most of the primary and secondary schools in Oyo state still study in poor conditions, making it harder for them to perform well.

“More pupils in class due to insufficient furniture has made the study environment difficult to manage”, Mega Icon Magazine source concluded.

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Oyo: Emmanuel Alayande gets full accreditation for degree, NCE courses

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The National Universities Commission (NUC) and the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) have granted full accreditation statuses to all the degree and NCE courses being run by the Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo.

It would be recalled that the school was running Bachelor degree programmes in affiliation with the Ekiti State University, Ekiti (EKSU).

The institution’s Provost, Dr. Rasak Adetunji Adefabi, informed that the National University Commission communicated the body’s position via a letter reference no NUC/ES/412/Vol.2/160 dated 19 March, 2020 after it conducted the accreditation exercise in the College in December, 2019 addressed to the Vice Chancellor, Ekiti State University, a copy of which was sent to his office.

Now, all the eleven (11) Bachelor of Education degree programs earlier floated by the College had officially received the blessing of NUC to run for another five solid years unabated.

6. Health Education

7. Social Studies

8. Education Political Science

9. Education Economics

10. Education History and International Relations

11. Guidance and Counselling

The Provost added that the College can now boast of seventeen (17) bachelor’s degree programmes altogether with full accreditation.

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Also, interesting twist about the accreditation was the excellent performance the College achieved in the year 2019 NUC accreditation exercise carried out on the College. He stressed that the NUC Technical Committee’s report clearly revealed that the College did not score below 85% in any of the accredited degree courses.

Similarly, the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), had also approved and granted full accreditation statuses to three (3) new NCE programmes of the College. Updating the general public about the new outstanding academic feat recorded by Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo on her NCE programmes, Adefabi listed the following three additional new courses recently floated by the college as :

1. Special Needs Education

2. Adult & Non-Formal Education

3. Theatre Arts Education

He further reported that the NCCE announced this in a letter dated 4 March, 2020 after its Accreditation Team had visited the College between 24 – 28 November, 2019 for the purpose of institutional and academic accreditation. This update has therefore raised the number of courses run by the College to thirty one (31) – all fully accredited.

The Provost commended Governor Seyi Makinde for his commitments and support to the College particularly in the consistent and regular payment of staff salaries which he claimed had improved staff commitments to duty.

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“In effect, these two feats could not have been achieved but for the unwavering support the College had been receiving from the Oyo State Government under the unparalleled watch of our amiable Governor, Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde. This is no mean an unprecedented feat in the annals of our College”, the Provost stated.

Dr. Adefabi, however thanked his Management Team, Academic and Non-Academic Staff, Students and members of the College Community for their unflinching support, noting that the new feat had given Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo an enviable rating among the comity of Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria and beyond and in fulfilment of the College vision statement.

 

 

 

 

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Ibadan Poly unveils Nigerian made ventilator, automated handwashing machine

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The Polytechnic Ibadan, on Thursday unveiled made in Nigeria mechanical ventilator and automated hand washing machine produced by the department of Mechatronics Engineering.

The development, according to the institution, is aimed at combating the COVID-19 disease in the country and other related diseases. The ventilator is an essential equipment in the treatment of coronavirus patients and went through all necessary procedures. It was tested at the University College Hospital, Ibadan (UCH) last week.

The research team  who carried out  the development under the Deanship of Engr. Tijani B.O and the Rectorship of Prof. Adebiyi Kazeem include;   Engr. Olaiya Kamourudeen, Mr. Olanlere Oladeji, Mr. Oluokun Tolulope,  Engr. Bello Abdulrahaman,  Mr. Sanusi Babatunde,  Mr. Azeez O.R, Mr. Ajayeoba Israel and a consultant from the University College Hospital, Ibadan, (UCH) Dr. Adebayo Oluwaseun. Interestingly, these students are still undergoing their Ordinary National Diploma (OND).

It was also gathered that the ventilator and hand washing machine housing a dryer, were among the new innovations of the department which has just been accredited to run Higher National Diploma (HND) Programme.

The citadel of learning has equally produced hand sanitizer and face mask which were donated to the Oyo state government in support of the fight against coronavirus pandemic.

According to the Rector, Prof. Kazeem Adebiyi, while addressing newsmen shortly after unveiling the devices,  informed that  the institution  In its bid to complement the efforts of the government in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic,  produced mechanical ventilator and smart hand washers.

Smart hand washers

Adebiyi disclosed  that the institution spent  about N2,000,000 (Two million naira) to produce the ventilator, noting that the cost  will be lesser if it was a mass production process. He lauded the Seyi Makindele led government for releasing grant to the institution which he claimed made it possible for the management to embark on several projects that were long overdue.

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He stressed that this was the first time since 2009 that the institution would receive grant from the state government to embark on accreditation process, adding that before now, the management sometimes go as far as taking loans from banks for accreditation.

“We are just using this avenue to appreciate the government for what they have done for us. When we received the letter from NBTE that we passed all our accreditation, we were very joyful. We did accreditation for thirteen programmes and we passed all the thirteen programmes.

“Also, we did three professional accreditation programmes which we passed and that looked like magic to everybody that how were we able to achieve that and then we said, since we have the support of the government.

“When we looked at the records, the last time the institution benefitted from such accreditation grant from government was in 2009 and when the present government came on board, we were bothered because about fifteen to sixteen of our programmes were due for accreditation.

Mechanical ventilator

“I said, look, lets go and meet the governor, they asked if I was sure because we have not received anything from them in years, but I insisted that we make a trial.

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“The governor approved our request  immediately and the grant was used judiciously for various needs; we procured necessary equipments, renovated buildings, secured accreditation for programmes, among others”, the Rector added.

Also commenting, Israel Ajayeoba, a student who was part of the research team, said the mechanical ventilator was designed  in a way that it can be adjusted depending on the rate at which the patient needs it.

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COVID-19: Oyo student builds solar-powered automatic hand washing, rinsing, drying unit

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In his bid  to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), a 300 level student of the department of Physics with Electronics, Ajayi Crowther University, Aderinola Joshua has built a solar-powered automatic hand washing, rinsing, and drying, a project that was commended by the Oyo state government.

During the display of the project, which was held at the ministry of education on Tuesday, the Special Assistant to Governor Seyi Makinde on Students’ Matters, Mr. Olojede Victor who lauded the initiative, also described the development as a thing of joy to see students in the state rising to contribute their own quota to support the government at this trying time.

Oloyede inspecting the new innovation

The governor’s aide further emphasized that he will ensure that government at all levels in the state partner with the young, brilliant student and also see that the project is well executed for use in the  State. Olojede also assured that through his office, the state government will continue to promote and support the innovation of students.

Present at the test running of the prototype, the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Olabamiwo Adeosun commended the student for making judicious use of the pandemic period to proffer a stress-free measure to prevent COVID-19.

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Also commenting, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Bisi Ilaka in his remarks applauded the inventor for a job well done, just as he enjoined other students to emulate their colleague who has made the entire student populace proud.

The Permanent Secretary, Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Aminat Atere congratulated the student for taking the opportunity of the pandemic to think of this great initiative.

“I want to appreciate you for this laudable innovation, more importantly at a time when our youths are into internet frauds. You have created an idea that if the state government key into will also make you an employer of labour.”

Others at the event included, Commissioner for Education, Mr. Olasunkanmi Aremu Olaleye, Deputy Chief of Staff , Mr. Olawale Mogbonjubola, Directors at the ministry of Education, Science, and Technology, Executive Adviser to the governor on Agric business, Mr. Debo Akande, among others.

 

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