2017 is the third and final year of the current project. The first months of the year were particularly active. The Steering Committee meeting held on 31st March at the Federal Ministry of Education with the Director of Basic and Secondary Education and the Head of cooperation at the French Embassy helped immensely in assessing the progress of the 2 main components of the project.
In line with the requirement for the development of the teaching of Professional French in higher institutions, Yaba College of Technology ( visited on 27 February) and Plateau Polytechnic ( visited on 29 March) increased the number of hours devoted to the learning of French in their curriculum. The commitment of the teaching teams and the support of their hierarchy have played an important part in this positive development. From now on, students of vocational streams will be able to acquire professional language skills in French, a real asset in the Nigerian labour market.
The meeting with the team of the Department of French of the University of Ibadan on 6th April was an opportunity to discuss the possibilities of changing the actual academic curriculum so that French Language learning at tertiary Level can also take professional status within the universities.
As regards to workshops and trainings dedicated to the improvement of the quality of French Language training in the Colleges of Education, workshops were organized at the three centers for French teaching and documentation (CFTD Jos, 28th March, CFTD Enugu, 3rd April, and CFTD Ibadan, 5th April). The objectives were to finalize feed backs on the current curriculum (NCE Minimum Standards for French), to optimize visits to institutions and the the organization of the training program for 2017.
Both trainings and Academic Supervisors visits in COEs are currently being organized throughout the six geopolitical zones. 2017 training program is focussing on class material, teaching methodologies and assessment of language skills.
The project also has a structuring dimension for the teaching and learning of French in Nigeria. Firstly, the observations and findings made by the various actors working for the training of trainers of the COEs lecturers led to produced a draft framework documents to the National Commission of Colleges of Education (NCCE) to support and enhance the revision of the NCE Minimum Standards planned for 2017. Secondly, meetings with the Commissioners for Education of Enugu State (April 3rd) and Oyo State (April 6th) were meant to reinforce the cooperation with these states for the French and the key role of CFTDs.
Finally, following the work undertaken with the French team of the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) in charge of the entrance examinations in higher institutions, a preparatory workshop for the official French tests (DELF and DALF) was organized on 24th May at the French Institute of Nigeria. In addition to preparing for and enrolling in the exam in June 2017, this workshop was aimed at providing new avenues to modernize the current version of the test for French.
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Ibadan Poly postpones examinations, gives reason
The Polytechnic Ibadan on Monday informed that it has postponed its first semester examination for the 2019/2020 session scheduled to commence today.
The decision, as learnt was taken in view of the protest embarked upon by the students who protested against inability to complete their registration.
Confirming the postponement of the examination, the Registrar of the institution, Mrs. Modupe Fawale said that the decision was taken “to enable students who were unable to meet registration and payment of tuition deadline to do so.”
Fawale added that the examination has been postponed till next week.
“Students are to also note that examination etiquette are sacrosanct hence, any student involved in examination malpractices will be sanctioned.
“Equally, any student caught with cellphone and smart watch will be suspended from the institution and the materials will be confiscated.
“Students are expected to observe all Covid-19 protocols including the use of facemask and those who failed to abide shall not be permitted to take part in the scheduled examination.
“As earlier informed, students facing registration challenges are to go to the accredited ICT centres for solution”, she submitted.
Education: Oyo Govt Rolls Out 226 Contracts for 2019 UBEC/SUBEB Intervention Projects
No fewer than 102 Local contractors participated in the bid opening exercise for the 2019 FGN-UBEC/OYOSUBEB Intervention projects held at Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board’s premises on Friday.
The exercise, according to the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran was done in compliance with provision of Public Procurement Act 2010.
“We allowed due process in this bid opening, which states that people should be allowed to tender for any goods and/or services, and the tender should be open in the presence of the tenderers”, he said.
While he reiterated the Board’s commitment to transparency and integrity in the selection process, he admonished contractors who submitted bids to embrace the spirit of sportsmanship.
The Chairman also revealed that the projects are being jointly financed by Oyo State Government through the State Universal Basic Education Board and the Federal Government, through the Universal Basic Education Commission.
Dr. Nureni Adeniran further said that a total of Two Hundred and Twenty-six (226) lots are being rolled out, adding that the process involved transparency and due process.
He said the contracts bidded for include: Construction of a Model School; Construction of eight blocks of six classrooms; construction of 14 blocks of four classroms.
Others are construction of 32 blocks of 3 classrooms; construction of 4 ECCDE pilot centres; construction 10 perimeter fencing.
Also, the contractors bidded for renovation of 66 blocks of classrooms; sinking of 40 boreholes; procurement of 48 lots of furniture and procurement of 3 lots of sport equipment/facilities.
Dr. Adeniran also disclosed that the Board is on the verge of completing the 2018 FGN-UBEC/OYOSUBEB Intervention projects, adding that the projects are on 80% completion.
The Chairman therefore urged tenderers to deliver a thorough job and ensure speedy completion of the intervention projects.
He said, “Bidders are strongly advised to ensure speedy project execution, as this administration has zero tolerance for time wastage, as far as project execution is concerned”.
The bid opening exercise was witnessed by representatives of Universal Basic Education Commission, Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Bureau of Public Procurement, Federal Ministry of Education.
Other bodies represented include, Nigeria Institute of Engineers, Nigeria Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers and CSACEFA.
Teachers’ Day: Akanbi heaps praises on teachers for creating future world leaders
Former Senator Adesoji Akanbi, on Monday recognized the sacrifices and accomplishments of all teachers, commending them for creating future world leaders in their various field of endeavours.
The APC chieftain, who represented Oyo South Senatorial District between 2015-2019, in an emotional appreciation message made available to Mega Icon Magazine, also paid glowing tributes to the teachers for working their hearts out to lift up young people.
Akanbi, who was conferred ‘Distinguished Education Stakeholder’s Award’ by the NUT, Ibadan Southwest Branch said, “here is to the men and women who get up every day and work their hearts out to lift up our young people.
“The men and women who teach our children to make the world a better place.
“The men and women creating future world leaders, Doctors, Engineers, Scientists, Lawyers, Philosophers, Entertainers, and of course, more Teachers.
“To the men and women toiling hard for the betterment of our children, striving for a better future of the nation, we say thank you Sir/Ma.
“Happy Teacher’s Day”, the message concluded.
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