SUBEB Holds Capacity Building Workshop For Quality Assurance Officers

By Shola Aderinto

In a bid to enhance qualitative teaching-learning environment in the state of Osun High schools, the state government has commenced a five-day capacity building for quality assurance officers across the state.

The programme was organised by the State Universal Basic Education, in conjunction with UBE, Federal Ministry of Education and ESSPIN.

This, according to executive chairman of Osun State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Prince Felix Awofisayo is in recognition of the fact that highly skilled manpower is needed for the delivery of quality Basic Education both in urban and rural areas.

He added that the UBE Act of 2004 mandates UBEC to prescribe and monitor minimum standards in Basic Education in Nigeria and to a large extent, rest on the department of quality assurance and its counterparts at the state and LGEA levels.

He further explain that the administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola is strongly reforming the education sector in the state, particularly in elementary and middle schools, which form the foundation phase of educational growth and development across the globe.

He charged all participants to pay attention to the workshop so that they could implement the knowledge attained for the benefit of the various sectors which they represent.

In the same vein, Dr. Olaniran Olakulehin, former Zonal Coordinator, Quality Assurance, Universal Basic Education Commission said the training is coming up at the appropriate time so as to improve on service delivery, adding that service in education should have quality in terms of classroom practice and school management.

The Permanent Secretary, SUBEB, Alhaji Fatai Kolawole urged participants to be up and doing during the five-day workshop and they should see it as a good gesture from the government.

Every Oyo Schools To Have Computers In 5 Years Time – Govt

Oyo State Government has struck a partnership with Microsoft and Signal Alliance towards ensuring that each of the 2,375 primary schools and 678 secondary schools in the state has a good number of computer sets.

Speaking at State Secretariat in Ibadan, on Wednesday Akin -Alabi, said School Governing Boards of all schools of the state are expected to provide venues for the siting of the digital learning centres where students and teachers will be imbued with requisite Information and Communication Technology skills.

The collaboration targeted at engendering digital literacy in the state will, according to Special Adviser to Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Education, Science and Technology, Dr Bisi Akin-Alabi, kick off with the launch of eight cluster learning centres.

She explained that four centres will be sited in Ibadan, two in Oke Ogun, one in Ibarapa and another on the Oyo-Ogbomoso axis, starting with three of the cluster learning centres funded by the state and others by the partners.

Furthermore, she said each of the cluster centres will contain computers for 100 students.

She added that state, through the collaboration, had shown its commitment to utilising technology to drive economic growth and facilitate a knowledge-based future.

In five years, every school in the state will have their computers. We are starting with eight cluster learning centres of 100 computers each. We will start by funding three of the cluster centres and our partners will fund other centres. We are also talking with our school governing boards to sign in their schools and provide venues/halls for digital learning centres,” Akin Alabi said.

Speaking, Commissioner for the ministry, Professor Adeniyi Olowofela, said the state had developed academic lecture notes in core subjects, in PDF format, among other learning resources that could be accessed at the cluster learning centres.

In her remarks, head of Microsoft Education Programs, Jordan Belmonte said the digital learning initiative aimed at helping to bridge the skills gap by providing teachers ICT and the framework that will enable pupils and educators achieve success.

Mrs Adanma Onuegbu of Signal Alliance noted the imperativeness for people to be equipped technologically to be up to speed with trends in today’s information age.

Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Toye Arulogun, Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Mrs Aderonke Makanjuola among others were also present at the interaction with journalists.

Osun Govt Tasks Citizens, Coy On Prompt Payment Of Taxes….Set To Commission Another High School

The State Government of Osun has called on citizens, groups and corporate organisations doing business in the state to be up and doing in the fulfillment of their civic duty by paying their taxes regularly.
Government made this call after its weekly executive council meeting on Wednesday.
A statement by the Media Adviser to the Governor, Mr. Sola Fasure, said this became imperative after Council was informed that some organisations and business concerns had their premises sealed off for contravening the state’s revenue law.
Council warned that the state will no longer condone any act of economic sabotage by individuals and corporate organisations, which avoid or fail outright to perform their civic obligations to the state.
According to the statement, lack of fulfilment of such obligations might cause untoward repercussions to corporate entities and individuals if government wields the big stick.
The Council noted that in as much as government is doing everything humanly possible to provide conducive atmosphere for doing businesses as well as guaranteeing security of lives and properties, it behooves on citizens and business organisations to also pay their taxes promptly for government to be able to carry out its own obligations properly.
The statement averred: “This is clearly an avoidable situation. Council frowned at this and enjoined all residents and organisations doing business in Osun to be good corporate citizens by fulfilling their obligations to the state to avoid unpleasant consequences.”
In another development, Council approved the commissioning of Ilesa Government High School, which comes up on Tuesday 24th October, 2017.
Ilesa Government High School is one of the 11 state-of-the-art High Schools being built by the government across the state.
The commissioning, according to government, is in continuation of the government policy of expansion of the education space in the state for the turnaround of the sector.
As a follow up to this, the Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), also distributed large consignments of instructional aid and sporting equipment to middle schools in the state.
The statement noted that the inclusion of sporting equipment is in tandem with government’s efforts at developing the total man (and woman) through learning and physical exercise.
In a similar development, Council congratulates and commends an indigene of the state, Islamiyat Yusuf, who represented Nigeria at the just concluded African Youth Games in Uganda where she participated in the event of weightlifting.
She won three gold medals for Nigeria. She had earlier represented Osun at the Nigerian Youth Games in Ilorin where she won three gold, two silver and two bronze medals.

Osun Distributes Instructional Materials Worth N200m To Schools

The State Government of Osun has distributed about N200 million worth of instructional materials to public schools in the state for the 2017/2018 academic session.

 

Speaking at the flag off of the distribution exercise, the state Deputy Governor Titi Laoye-Tomori said Government will continue to prioritize education in the state by ensuring functional and qualitative education for all school children.

 

She solicited the continuous support of every stakeholder in the sector towards achieving a qualitative education in the state.

 

The instructional materials according to the permanent Secretary, State universal basic education board, Fatai Kolawole were procured to aid teaching and learning process in schools across the state.

 

Kolawole explained that provision of school infrastructure without instructional materials for both pupils and teacher will amount to nothing, hence the action of government.

 

Earlier in his remarks, the state chairman of SUBEB Felix Awofisayo Harped on the need for the materials to be well utilized and properly managed.

 

Stakeholders at the event commended the Aregbesola’s led administration for its efforts at improving the state education standard.

 

Among the distributed instructional materials were computer sets, Science Equipments, Sport Equipments, motorcycles for school monitoring, Teachers manuals and Educational charts.

Source: TimenewsNG

Scholarship: Katsina SUBEB Commends Aisha Buhari

The Katsina State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) has commended the Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, for providing a scholarship for 60 orphans in primary school in Daura.

Alhaji Lawal Buhari, the State Executive Chairman of the board, made the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Daura on Tuesday.

He said the board was extremely grateful to the first lady, adding that the scholarship would provide succor to the beneficiaries and encourage them to acquire education.

The executive chairman advised parents of the beneficiaries to take the education of their children with vigour, stressing that the gesture would further promote education in the area.

He called on well to do individuals, politicians and public spirited individuals to emulate the President’s wife.

“The Katsina State Government has in the last two years constructed hundreds of classrooms, renovated many and provided furniture in primary and JSS schools across the 34 local government areas in the state.

“The board has distributed school uniforms to over 10, 0000 primary school pupils, free of charge.

“The State Government recently procured teaching and learning the material, worth N600 million, they include; books, school registers, dusters, rulers and other relevant teaching aids,’’ he said.

The wife of the President provided a six-year scholarship to 60 orphans from primary one to six in Daura, to promote education and increase her access to the less-privileged children in the society.

Aregbesola’s Education Reforms: Private Schools Losing Students To Public Schools In Osun – Proprietors

‎Things seemed to have been hard for private schools in Osun as some of the schools proprietors and proprietress lamented over the sharp decline in the ‎enrollment intake into the private schools in the state.
The decline which was described as artificial was said to have been the positive effects of education revolution of the present government in the state.
As it is, facts have emerged that the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola had not only taken the bull by the horn at revamping education sector, but only refocusing the people’s attention and interest to quality, qualitative and functional education through his various interventions that have attracted residents particularly parents to resolve taking their children to public schools.
The Osun public school sector that had almost collapsed and failed prior Aregbesola’s government are now at the central point of reference in enrollment strength, leaving private schools at enrollment low ebb.
It was gathered that private schools in the state are gradually loosing students to public schools due to facilities which Aregbesola’s administration had put in place to advance public education.
Some members of the National Association of Private School Proprietors of Nigeria, Osun state chapter, confirmed that the decline in the rate of pupils and students enrollment into private schools in the state had been on increase in the last few years.
The affected school proprietors stated this as part of reasons for their inability to meet up with the agreed tax ought to be paid to state government.
The officials of the Osun state Internal Revenue Service (OIRS) had few weeks ago went on standard enforcement visit to some of the private organizations including private schools, banks, hotels, companies, and industries in order to ascertain the level of their compliance to taxation, operational rules and standards.
The decision of the agency according to its chairman, Mr. Bicci Alli, was to complement government’s efforts towards the actualization of an improved and robust revenue capable of upsurging the state’s Internally Generated Revenue.
It was gathered that the action of the agency led to the seal of some private investments on the account that the affected companies violated some operational rules and that they were also found wanting of regular tax payment to the state.
However, the private school proprietors and proprietresses who could not hide their feelings on the development, attributed their failure to meet up with the agreed tax as sharp decline in the volume of students being enrolled to their schools per session.
They said the pupils and students enrollment to private schools in the state had reduced drastically to the extent that parents seemed to have been seeing public schools as better in their quest choice on the quality education.
Two of the proprietors whose names and identities withheld to avoid being discredited, described the huge investment made in education sector particularly the education infrastructure being put in place by Governor Aregbesola led government as major cause of their travails.
The duo who claimed to have been in the private education system over 18 years ago, noted that prior to the present administration, they had not for once found it difficult to pay their taxes as they have enough students and earned enough money to pay all the necessary bills including their taxes.
According to one of them, “what we are facing right now is hinged on what could be best described as total discouragement to private schools’ enrollment.
“We are facing serious decline in the pupils and students enrollment to private schools. But when this began to hit us on the face, we sat down to know what would have gone wrong, and we came with the fact that parents in the state have begun taking their children to public schools due to relative facilities.
“Unlike years past where public education was nothing to write home about. But now people have begun to see public education as a strong competitor to private education, thus making private schools losing enrollment strength and this is a bad omen to over investment.
“For instance, before, everybody wants to have his or her child being enrolled to private schools at least to have quality basic education through solid foundation, but now, reverse seems to be the case.
“Then, hardly one would pray to send his child to public school not because it is a taboo but because there were no facilities to bring out the best in the pupils, but when those necessary things were put in place, definitely attention would be shifted.
“Though this is painful to us as owners and proprietors of these schools because in a situation where one finds it extremely difficult to pay his staff, you know what it means”, he stressed.
Confirming the development, the Commissioner for Education, Mr. Wasiu Omotunde-young, said the efforts made by the Aregbesola’s administration not only to revive education but to build a virtuous man that will be productive for himself and the society has come to fruition as enrollment to public schools are annually on the increase.
Omotunde-young said the present administration in the state has demonstrated to the whole world through its various interventions that education remains the foundation for national development and a key instrument for socio-economic progress.
He said ‎Aregbesola has not only revived the already lost glory of public education but also embarked on radical, overhauling, pragmatic and far-reaching education reforms aimed at creating a functional, quality and qualitative education that can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with private counterparts.
According to him, the state of education prior Aregbesola’s administration was in no doubt nothing to write home about as public education was in total shambles where schools were enveloped in decrepit structures and ‎deplorable state not even conducive for pigs not to talk of human beings.
“The standard of education which Aregbesola met on ground was an eyesore and apart from the infrastructural collapse, there was a rot in the system; the students’ performance was abysmal, and the learning environment was not conducive for teaching and learning.
“The teachers were not motivated, the students were equally not encouraged to be in schools and there was nothing to entice the pupils and students to come to school, so it was only the poor parents that sent their children to public schools in Osun before Aregbesola’s emergence.
“But beyond individual’s financial status and economic buoyancy that had been the major barrier and gap to access quality and functional education in Nigeria, the present administration in the state of Osun had not only broken the yokes but also restored the already lost hopes and confidence in education sector taking it back to dreams meant to be achieved by the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo”, Omotunde-young stressed.
‎The Osun Education Commissioner, however, said the emergence of Governor Aregbesola in 2010 having inherited a comatose education sector where teachers lacked motivation and where students were less interested in learning occasioned by the poor academic environment gave birth to education reforms with which its positive results are being achieved today.
“‎Our reforms have had tremendous impacts on the Osun educational competitiveness. To justify the claims, it is on record that out of 37, 428 candidates that sat for West African Examinations Council (WAEC) in 2006, 4, 085 passed with 5 credits including English and Mathematics equivalent to 10.91 percent.
“In 2007, out of 36, 171 candidates, 2,483 passed equates 6.86 percent. In 2008, out of 37, 715 candidates, 3,813 passed with five credits passes including English and Mathematics making 10.11 percent. In 2009, out of 39, 676 candidates that wrote the exams, only 5, 545 passed with five credits passes equating 13.98 percent.
“In 2010, out of 43, 216 candidates, 6, 777 passed with five credits passes including English and Mathematics equivalent to 15.68 percent. In 2011, out of 53, 293 candidates that sat for the exams, 11, 431 passed with five credits passes including English and Mathematics making 21.9 percent.
“Also, in 2012, out of 51, 463 candidates that wrote WAEC, 11, 431 passed equating 22.21 percent. In 2013, out of 47, 009 candidates, 9, 654 passed equating 20.54 percent. In 2014, out of 47, 686 candidates, 8,844 passed making 18.55 percent. In 2015, out of 48, 845 candidates that sat for the exams, 10, 590 passed, while in 2016, 16, 983 passed with five credits including English and Mathematics out of 36, 679 that sat for the exams equivalent to 46.3 percent.
“The analysis shows that the performance of the students in Osun has been on astronomical increase in WAEC compared with the abysmal performance prior to Aregbesola’s government.
‎”The reasons for this are not far fetched as it could be attributed to overhaul modality and systematic approach taken by the Aregbesola led administration to revamp education and make public education the best in line with international best standards.
‎”On assumption of office, a six-point integral action was put in place by the Aregbesola led government as the guiding principle and policy framework to achieve an overall growth and development of the state where education was put on the front burner.
“The initiative saw the need to address teachers’ welfare and that of other non-teaching staff through timely teachers’ career advancement, regular training and retraining, provision of teaching incentives, regular teachers’ promotion and prompt payment of salaries and allowances”, he added.
Omotunde-young emphasized that the introduction of education reforms through schools reclassification into elementary, middle and high schools coupled with education infrastructures have culminated into an improved enrollment into public schools since Aregbesola’s emergence.
Echoing similar gestures, the Permanent Secretary, State Universal Basic Education in Osun (SUBEB), Mr. Fatai Kolawole described the school infrastructural facilities put in place by the state as major reason for the current students enrollment.
He said the rate of enrollment at elementary school was encouraging to the extent that no term or session that the public schools in the state are not making improvement on the enrollment.
Kolawole added, “I am not surprised by this development because such are expected to happen in a situation where government does the necessity on education sector.
“The huge investment made in education by our governor is enough to get one tempted into striving very hard to benefit from the facilities there-in as all the model schools are not only equipped but serving as cynosure to parents to get their children enrolled into those schools.
“The conducive environments and serene atmospheric weather condition designed for teaching and learning in all the newly built model schools had not only become a pivotal instrument to enhance teaching and learning, but also had a captivating impact in breaking the palpable inferiority complexity and dichotomy between public and private school students.
‎”Is it the uniforms to talk about? Or the success of Osun Elementary School Feeding Programme known as (O’Meals) where thousands of pupils are fed on every school day or tablets of knowledge freely distributed to students at final classes? All‎ these remain the contributory factors to improved enrollment in public schools because parents have begun to see these interventions as point of reference to enroll their children in public schools since the accessibility of these facilties costs nothing”.

Osun High-Level Representation At Ongoing World Bank Seminar In US

By Israel Afolabi

The World Bank supported overseas study tour to the United States is currently taking place. The programme will hold between 20th and 26th August 2017.

Below we have the list of participants at the World Bank Seminar which is ongoing in San Jose Silicon Valley USA. The state of Osun SUBEB chairman is leading a high powered delegation.

About the Program

Technology and innovation are engines of economic growth.  In advanced economies, studies confirm the direct impact of technological innovation on job creation and economic growth.  In education, access to global knowledge and learning has been made possible through latest innovations in education delivery and education technology systems.  Leveraging these resources can benefit developing countries in expanding access to education, improving learning outcomes and in addressing specific challenges that reduce the efficiency of their educational system. Acquiring global knowledge on cutting-edge innovations and emerging trends can promote the creation, absorption and adaptation of advanced and relevant technologies -unlocking path-breaking opportunities that can fuel transformational growth needed to increase economic gains, improve social equity and enhance  global competitiveness.

This program will introduce participants to and interact with the global leaders in education technology based in Silicon Valley, California, USA- Google, Coursera, Udemy, Stanford University Center for Professional Studies, Linked-In and Lynda.com technology companies blazing the trail in cutting-edge innovations that impact the education industry worldwide.

Participants will earn from the strategic initiatives of these technology giants who are transforming the education landscape through their innovations in increasing global access to education, knowledge and learning.

Program Objectives

  • Gain a deeper understanding of existing education technology innovations and how developing countries can benefit to improve access, equity and quality of education.
  • Generate ideas on how education technology innovations can be used given its relevance and applicability to the participant’s country context and education needs.

Full coverage next week.

Osun Govt To Develop More Initiatives For Osun Education Development

By Gbenga Adeniyi

Managements of the State of Osun Ministry of Education and the State Universal Education Board (SUBEB) have reiterated the commitment of Governor Rauf Aregbesola administration to continue to develop strategies, including the review of curriculum, towards improving on the education system in the state.

Commissioner for Education, Mr Kola Omotunde-Young and the Chairman, Osun SUBEB, Prince Felix Awofisayo gave the commitment at a joint meeting with officials of SUBEB in Osogbo on Tuesday.

The duo said that though, the government had invested huge resources on the education sector, but it would continue to come up with new ideas to offer the best and build students that are empowered to compete with their peers anywhere in the world.

He said, though it has become difficult for critics to fairly fault the investment of the government on the education system, this has placed a huge challenge on the government on how to improve on the existing standard.

According to him, the government is working seriously toward taking education beyond knowledge transfer, to character-building, critical and creative thinking, productivity and problem-solving.

“What this government is working on is to take it from teaching the child what to know, to helping the child to know how to think”, he said.

Omotunde-Young insisted that that government would look into everything that needed to be look into including curriculum for the development of the education sector.

Awofisayo on his own said the administration of Aregbesola has shown commitment to the development of education, particularly at the basic level.

According to him, the commitment of the government towards prompt payment of its counterpart fund towards FGN/UBEC/SUBEB projects has assisted the board to record huge success in the education sector.

Also speaking, the SUBEB Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Fatai Kolawole said the Ministry of Education should look at the direction of putting in place curriculum that would consolidate the investment of the government in the education system.

FG Make U-Turn, Orders Immediate Separation Of IRK, CRK In New Curricular

The Federal Government on Thursday bowed to pressure and directed the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) to separate the Christian Religious Knowledge (CRK) and Islamic Religious Knowledge (IRK) subjects in the basic education curriculum.

Recall that the grouping of IRK and CRK under the Civic Education in the new curriculum by the NERDC had generated controversy recently with religious leaders, especially the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) calling for their separate teaching.

Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, gave the directive at a meeting of ministers of Education with education stakeholders from six geo-political zones and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Abuja on Thursday.

The meeting was attended by Commissioners for Education from various states of the Federation and was part of the ongoing Commissioner opens up on tank farm inferno efforts to strengthen the partnership within the three tiers of government in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals 4 (SDG4).

Adamu, who was represented by Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah, said the directive to separate the subjects became necessary because of the various complaints by Nigerians, especially the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

He explained that the collapse of the two subjects was done by former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration to reduce the number of subjects offered by pupils and students in schools.

The minister said: “There is this controversy over the merger of CRK and IRK in the school curriculum. There were complaints by parents that children were overloaded with so many subjects and the recommendation then was to merge one or two subjects. Unfortunately, water and oil were merged together and it is not working.

“So, to save ourselves the agony, the two subjects should be separated. We push that to the NERDC,” Adamu, in his address, reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to revamping the education sector and appealed to state governments as well as relevant stakeholders to support the federal government effort.

He also expressed the commitment of the government towards achieving the SDG4 by 2030 in line with the global timeline.

The minister said Nigeria has selected the Goal 4 of the SDGs, which emphasizes inclusive and quality education for all and promotion of lifelong learning, for implementation in view of the importance of education as a fulcrum to national development.

He said the federal government was aware that in the journey towards achieving the Education 2030 Agenda, key issues including the phenomenon of out-of-school children, insecurity in and around the schools and infrastructure decay must be addressed.