Ministry of Education
1.GOVERNOR OBIANO’S ACHIEVEMENT IN EDUCATION
In line with the strategic objectives of the education sector in Governor Willie Obiano’s blueprint for development,the Anambra State Ministry of Education has the mandate of ensuring that the learning needs of all are met and making Anambra State one of the three top States in Nigeria with the lowest illiteracy rate.
With Education occupying a vantage position as the key enabler to the four pillars of development, efforts have been geared towards achieving the desired goals.Achievements in the last twenty months no doubt have been monumental from three points thrust:
- Teachers’ welfare
- Pupils/students’ welfare
Gov. Willie Obiano’s realization that teachers have pivotal roles to play in driving the process of providing world class education to Umuakwukwo ndi Anambra, led the present administration to start from day one to make teachers happy. For Gov. Obiano’s administration, teachers’ welfare rank very high. The son of a teacher himself, Obiano is passionate about enhancing the welfare package of teachers and instituting better incentives. He says in His blueprint on education;
“Introduction of rigorous recruitment exercise and reverse remuneration for teachers to attract the best resources in Nigeria across all level of education. Employ over 5,000 additional teachers to ensure pupils to teacher ratio improves from 24:1 to 15:1”.Religiously, the administration is implementing this strategy in the following ways:
- Completion of the deployment of 3000 NCE holders to various primary schools on 1st April 2014, thereby reducing staff vacancies existing in our primary schools especially those in rural areas.
- Donation of the sum of N4.3million in support of the 2013 World Teachers’ Day.
- Donation of the sum of N10million to support the completion of the NUT House and additional support of N15million to complete the teachers’ house project.
- Donation of a 150KVA Generator to power the building.
- Promotion of teachers to SGL 16.
- Sponsorship of 400 teachers to the STAN conference, and donation of ₦5 million for the conference logistics.
- Commissioning of the PPSSC Awka Zonal office building.
Further Incentives to Teachers include:
- Payment of ₦3000 as allowances to teachers of core subjects of English Language, Mathematics and the Sciences.
- Payment of 20% of basic salary to all teachers in the hard to staff/rural areas.
- 15% increment in all teachers’ salaries from January 2015. The beauty of this is that teachers least expected the increase.
- Arrears of promotion for tutorial and non-tutorial staff approved.The exercise has boosted the morale of teachers and has resulted in improved performance and productivity.
- Regular and timely payment of salaries have been sustained.
- Appointment of Education Secretaries to oversee the affairs of primary education in 21LGAs
- Improvedsalary package for NwaforOrizu College of Education Staff through improved subvention. In doing this, His Excellency has written his name in gold in the hearts of the College’s Staff
- Improved subvention for ChukwuemekaOdumegwuOjukwu (COOU) – The State University
- Constituted visitation panels to COOU and NOCEN. This is to ensure transparency in the conduct of affairs in the institutions – a process that has remained largely neglected. The white paper on the visitation panel has been released.
- The governing council of the two state’s institutions COOU and NOCEN have been constituted and councils in both institutions have taken off.
The welfare of Pupils and students of Anambra state occupy a central position in all activities of the present administration in the education sector. This is in line with Gov. Obiano’s desire to provide world class education to the children of Anambra State. The results have been;
- Massive infrastructural development and improvement in schools.
- Scholarship for brilliant indigent children- as over 150 indigent children have received scholarship awards. The last 72 recipients included the orphans of Late Mr. Okpala, a lecturer at NnamdiAzikiweUniversity,Awka.Physically challenged children are also beneficiaries of Gov. Willie Obiano’s scholarship awards.
Members of Anambra State Junior Debate Team are among the beneficiaries of Gov. Willie Obiano’s scholarship awards. The team Anambra defeated the 36 States including Abuja, in the National President’s Junior Debate Competition and won the ticket to represent Nigeria in the 2015 Winter Holiday Open Debate competition in Croatia.In line with the existing scholarship policy in the State, His Excellency Chief Dr. Willie Obiano has also continued the award of scholarship to indigent, traumatized, physically challenged and award winning students. Among the beneficiaries of the scholarship grants include those in primary, secondary and tertiary levels. Worthy of mention are those who have been victims of Boko Haram and other accidents.
- Students of NTC I- NTC III in technical colleges also enjoy tuition free education.
The development and improvement of infrastructure in schoolsarealso aimed at achieving the welfare of the children and providing world class education to umuakwukwondiAnambra. Some of the activities carried out so far include: completion of fencing in ten (10) girls boarding schools, Supply of white boards to schools, Installation of Firefighting equipment in schools, Provision of sick bay in schools – N1m has been released to 420 public and private secondary schools for the equipping of the sick bay and provision of sports equipment. All sick bay in secondary schools have been upgraded with the fund provided. All these are part of the initiatives embarked upon by the present administration to ensure the safety of our children, and they are referred to as the ‘safe school initiatives’.
Fencing completed at Girls’ Sec. Sch. Awka-Etiti
Still under infrastructure, government has:
- Supplied laptop computers to public schools and 220 private schools.
- Supplied quality books and instructional materials for quality education.
- Provided fund for sports equipment and establishment of functional libraries.
- Constructed new standard school blocks and renovated dilapidated ones, to enhance conducive learning. Over 1500 units of class room blocks are spread across the 21 local governments in the State.
- Completion of provision of generating sets to 420 schools in the State: 50KVA (110 Schools), and 30KVA (310 Schools)
- Acquisition of 3 new schools, Ebe Unity College, Ukpor – Nnewi South LGA, and Anthony Obaze Community Secondary School Ochuche, Ogbaru LGA.
- Plans have gone far for the acquisition of a secondary school in Ndiukwuenu – a town in Orumba North that has been deprived of secondary schools and where the next town with a secondary is up to 14 kilometers away.
- Acquired over 500,000 copies of textbooks for distribution to school libraries (in collaboration with Ihezue foundation UK). Equipping of Community Education Resource Center (CERC), Okpuno with 250 internet ready laptops for CBT, the center is ready for examinations
- Retooling of 60 Science laboratories in secondary schools- in the first phase of the project is ongoing.
Renovation of school
5.Other areas in which His Excellency, Chief Dr. Willie Obiano has repositioned the education sector.
- Capacity building
- Observance of standard and best practices
- Sponsorship of students to competitions
- Access and equity
- Education and Industry in the state
The saying that we do not have dull students but dull classrooms rings so true. This is why capacity building for teachers is a serious aspect of the Obiano’s administration. Training is done in both at the Ministry’s level and in collaboration with other partners. Gov. Obiano has vowed to:
“Entrench basic ICT into all programs at all levels and curricula. Continue with ICT projects – computer for every teacher by 2015 and hand held devices for students by 2018”
- 23 officials of Anambra State Government including Teachers and Principals of Technical Colleges visited Singapore to under-study their best practices in the management of Technical and Vocational education
- Incorporation of computer training in the 2015/2016 school calendar
- In collaboration with Microsoft, teachers are being trained in ICT
- A scheme in place for every teacher to own a laptop
- Teachers being trained in e governance, administrative and managerial skills
- Continuous capacity building for teachers in Curriculum, Ethics, Pedagogy etc.
- Literacy Enhancement and Achievement Project (LEAP).In collaboration with the Reading Association of Nigeria, driving the Literacy Enhancement and Achievement Project (LEAP) in 3 LGAs of the State where teachers and students are being exposed to critical and analytical thinking in English, Mathematics and Sciences.
- One day stakeholders’ sensitization meeting on implementation of Public Private Partnership.
- Training of ZDE’s, Principals, V. Principals, Staff, PPSSC, EDC (in collaboration with ASA-USA and PPSSC) (5TH – 7TH August, 2014.)
- Emphasis on culture and language is sustained
- Desk office for Igbo language and culture established
- Training workshop for teachers on the promotion of Igbo language and culture in three senatorial zones of the State
- 2015 Children’s Cultural Carnival organized in commemoration of His Excellency’s one year in office
- Training of State high level Education Officials by Anambra experts in Diaspora (ASA-USA) on modern trends in the education sector.
- Training of teachers in emergency preparedness and response.
6.STANDARD AND BEST PRACTICES
- Purchase of 6 Nos. Hilux project vehicles to facilitate project monitoring and supervision in schools.
- Keying into Quality Assurance guidelines in school inspection.
- Re-accreditation of private schools in the state to ensure quality and best practices
- Sponsorship of the Ministry of Education to the Joint Consultative Council on Education (JCCE).
- Committee on cultism in higher institutions set up
- Interactive session with the students leaders on establishing a lasting measure against cultism
- Close monitoring of examination centers and schools to check exam malpractices and naming and shaming of culprits.
- Production of hand books on ethics
- Closure of illegal schools and malpractice centers (35 nos. closed so far)
- Close partnership with missions. N733 million released to the Anglican and Catholic missions for renovation of schools handed over to them.
SPONSORING OF STUDENTS TO COMPETITIONS
Following the sponsorship by Gov. Obiano, Anambra State has participated in most competitions and received laurels for impressive performances. The competitions include:
- NNPC National Quiz Competition for the South East Zone at Umuahia
- 1st and 3rd stages of NMC National Mathematics Olympiad at Anambra, and Abuja.
- Zonal level of Cowbell Mathematics Competition at Enugu in March,and May, 2014 respectively.
- Nigeria Institute of Physics National Competition at University of Uyo 26th May 2014.
- Second Position in the 2014 Nigerian Stock Exchange Essay Competition in Lagos in December, 2014.
- 1st in WAEC and NECO for three consecutive years
- 1st in 2014 Presidential Junior Debate to mark 50th Anniversary of Nigeria
- 1st in 2015 ANCOPSS National Quiz competition
- 2nd in 2014 National School Sports festival in Markudi
- 1st in 2015 Presidents School Debate Competition and represented Nigeria in the World Schools Debate Competition held in Singapore.
- 1st in 2015 National Science Project Exhibition Competition and represented Nigeria at the International Science Project Exhibition Competition in Mexico in November, 2015.
- The Anambra State Junior Debate team won the ticket to represent Nigeria in 2015 Winter Holiday Open School Debate in Croatia, having defeated all other states and the FCT.
- 2015 Best Junior Secondary School in Nigeria (QRC Onitsha).
- 2015 Best Junior Secondary School in Nigeria (Loretto Special Science School, Adazi).
- 2015 Best Primary School in Nigeria (Sancta Maria Primary School, Onitsha).
7.ACCESS AND EQUITY IN EDUCATION
- His Excellency has vowed to prepare an all-inclusive education master plan to drive further development and progress within the sector. It is a known fact that special education has hitherto been a neglected area before the Obiano administration. The state at present has three special education centers – School of the Deaf and Dumb
- feeding subventions for the special education centres in Anambra state have been increased from N50, 000 to N1.5 million naira.
- Improvement of infrastructure at Special Education Centre, Isulo.
- Free education for students of special education centers in Anambra State
- Boy-child education —- every new market to have a school.
- Deployment of teachers to rural areas
ADULT AND NON-FORMAL EDUCATION
His Excellency has stated categorically in the blueprint on education that he will “ensure that the learning needs of all are met through equitable distribution of resources and will be one of the three top states with the lowest illiteracy rate. Adult and Non-formal Education is one sure way of meeting this. The Agency for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-formal Education (AANFE) sub-sector established under LAW 1 of 1993 addresses the educational needs of children, youths and adults with respect to those who did not have the opportunity of acquiring formal education, those who dropped – out- of – school through various programmes. The Agency coordinates the Adult and Non-formal Education activities in 6 Education zones in the 21 LGAs. Facilitators are used for teaching and learning in the 11 market schools and 285 learning centers with 26, 956 learners.
Some of the learning centers include: Agbaedo market Center Nnewi, Bridge head Center Onitsha, Trinity Primary School IgboezunuAguleri, St. Mary’s Center Ifitedunu. Union School Center AdaziNnukwu, Ezinato Center, Awka.
Other achievements of Gov.Obiano’s administration in this sub-sector include:
- Supported the hosting of the National Mass Education Commission’s scale up training of 100 facilitators in the south east zone on revitalizing adult and youth literacy.
A training session for facilitators of Adult Learners.
- Hosting of the 2014 International literacy day in Anambra State with 36 States including FCT participating.
- Scale up training for 100 facilitators on revitalizing youth and adult literacy in south east zone for improved teaching and learning in the centers (bringing to 120 the number of Anambra facilitators trained).
- Establishing Adult and Non-formal Education data base for informed planning and improved adult and non-formal education (AANFE) delivery
- Continued community sensitization and mobilization for increased learner enrolment and community participation in AANFE programmes.
- Community dialogue in 177 communities in Anambra State on back-to-school programmes and providing safe learning spaces for out-of-school children aimed at addressing drop-out menace and identifying safe learning spaces in communities.
- One major problem with adult learning is poor eye sight. The State Government supported 420 adult learners in 21 LGAs to have free eye test and treatment by supplying eye glasses and drugs as applicable to fast track His Excellency’s strategic objective of the State being ‘one of the top 3 with lowest illiteracy rate in the country’.
8.STRENGTHENING SCHOOL MANAGEMENT
- The Obiano administration has the strategy of “Establishing parents/teachers school board in all senatorial zones in the State”
- To this end, we have established functional School Based Management Committees (SBMC) in primary and secondary schools. Training have been organized for them on how they can effectively run a transparent school government. To support the SBMCs, the government has disbursed N250, 000 and N500, 000 (a total of 154, 100, 000 annually) to 1,044 primary and 256 secondary schools in the State respectively. This is to aid them not just in the day to day running of the schools, but in doing minor purchases and repairs.
- Establishment of migrant farmers and fishermen’s schools
- Girl-child education —– ongoing intervention in the highly affected LGAs of Ayamelum, Anambra East, Anambra West and Ogbaru. Efforts are on to address this anomaly, and activities so far have elicited international collaborations. The Thai Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency, ChailetLimsonboon had earlier visited to explore further areas of intervention.
Visit of the Thailand Ambassador to Anambra State.
- State Education Project Implementation Programme (SEPIP).This is a World Bank assisted programme which is also facilitating the efforts of Gov. Willie Obiano at improving access to education, in line with the Disbursement Link Indicators. Technical and vocational education are some areas of interest of the project.
9.VOCATIONAL AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION
It is in Technical and Vocational Education (TVET) that the WilieObiano administration is gradually making its mark in the footprints of time. At inception, the 11 technical colleges in the state were at their lowest ebb. None had accreditation. Our Technical and Vocational Colleges offer a great opportunity to produce fit-for-purpose, indigenous human resources that will enable our focus on Agriculture, Oil and Gas, Trade and Commerce and Industrilization (The 4 Pillars) to yield the desired outcomes that will improve the quality of life of the local populace (To ensure that our Technical and Vocational Colleges are positioned to meet our needs, this administration conducted a thorough Needs Assessment of all the Colleges and developed strategies to meet the challenges.) They include:
- Free tuition for students in NTC 1 – 3 to tackle the low intake of students at NTC 1 and high attrition rate in the final year (NTC 3).
- Bridge programme to tackle the disconnect between the Colleges and the local Industries.
- Establishment of a partnership between Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company Nnewi, Federal Polytechnic, Oko and the Technical and Vocational Colleges
- More partnership with companies in areas of hospitality and construction underway
- Local and International capacity building programmes for the said teachers to improve quality of delivery.
- Teachers of technical colleges were sent to Singapore to study best practices on the management of technical and vocational education.
- Purchase of equipment for Vehicle Body Building Works course to be accredited in Government Technical Colleges, Nnewi. Nigeria Board of Technical Education (NBTE) is on a resource verification visit.
Students of the Electrical department, GTC Onitsha in a practical session
Mechanical Class session at GTC Onitsha.
10.EDUCATION AND INDUSTRY
- Public Private Partnership (PPP) – Signing of MOU between State Government, Innoson and Federal Poly Oko for the training of our technical colleges on auto body motor maintenance.
This has resulted in the students of our technical colleges having their practical sessions at the INNOSSON motor vehicle manufacturing company in Nnewi.
A practical session of GTC students atInnoson vehicle factory, Nnewi.
11.ENGAGEMENT OF STAKE HOLDERS
- Engagement of pupils, students, teachers and parents of Central School and Community Secondary School as well as Emmanuel Children School, Igbedor (A very rural riverine community in Anambra West Local Government). The Atta Okakwu, Eze Chigbata Mordi and his community members were also engaged, on the need to send their children to school.
The HC on the river Niger, a boat ride to Igbedor for a community engagement session.
HC engaging the women of Igbedor in discussions
12.UNIZIK VC CALLS FOR RECOGNITION OF TEACHERS AS CHARACTER MOULDERS
By Mike Ezenwata :
The Vice Chancellor of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Professor Joseph Ahaneku has called for the recognition of teachers as number one in the placement of priorities in the country given their strategic role as moulders of characters.
Professor Ahaneku made the call in Awka during the 2016 National Conference organized by the department of educational foundations, Faculty of Education of the university.
Represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration of the University, Professor Carol Umeobi, the Vice Chancellor wondered why teachers should be relegated to the background given their pivotal roles in the formation of the characters and the education of people of substances in the society.
According to professor Ahaneku, the teaching profession should be given its pride of place for the notion to move forward.
Speaking on the theme of the conference, “Education for wholesome development in Nigeria”, the head of department, Educational Foundations Professor Ngozi Agu regretted that Nigeria not minding its big stature in Africa is weighed down by several situations that portray it as unwholesome and problematic.
According to Professor Agu, the world economic order, the socio-religious practices, amongst others inflict avoidable hardship on the Nigerian Children, the youths and the aged.
She called on stakeholders in education to create a plan for an educational system that can make Nigeria’s development wholesome and therapeutic.
On her part, a professor in the department of educational management and policy, professor Vivian Nwogbo stressed the need for education for sustainability to be pursued vigorously to enhance wholesome development in the nation.
In a lead paper presentation, professor Okechukwu Abonyi of the Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki identified some factors militating against wholesome development in Nigeria such as poor economy, inequality in the system, reduced lifespan through frustration, misplacement of priorities in terms of appointments, emphasis on certificates, among other indices.
Professor Abonyi recommended performance evaluation, curriculum enrichment, entrepreneurial advancement, amongst others to foster wholesome development.
Contributing, an award recipient and the managing Director, Daniels construction company Limited, Engineer Daniel Ekene Nkwonta who hails from Enugukwu, decried the poor economic state of the nation which he said the Buhari led administration is fighting through his campaign against corruption which is catching up with some nation’s looters.
Engineer Nkwonta suggested that Nigeria should stop importationof all kinds of things and utilize its men and material resources to develop within.
He commended the governor Willie Obiano administration in Anambra State for providing a sound security network which is investment friendly, and further used the opportunity to call on governors of the South East geo-political zone to galvanize Igbos to a round table conference to look inwards with a view to being a strong voice in Nigeria.
13. UNN ALUMNI CONFERS EXCELLENCE AWARD ON OBIANO
By John Ndu
Executives of the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) Alumni Association has conferred an award to Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State Governor for his Good Governance and Community Development.
Members of the National Executive of the Association announced this when they visited the governor at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia.
Governor Obiano while addressing the executives described Anambra as the safest state in the country, saying his government had transformed the state through his developmental blueprints.
Chief Obiano said his administration had presently embarked on massive street lighting projects across the state to add to its aesthetic value.
The National President of the Association, Barr Andrew Oru, said the association always converge annually for a general meeting in a state of its choice and at the end, pay loyalty visit to the governor of the State.
Mr Oru said the essence of choosing Anambra this year for their meeting was because of the dynamic leadership and development strides which the Obiano led administration has introduced in the state.
The President commended governor Obiano, saying they had enjoyed adequate peace and security since their stay in Awka.
He also appealed to the Governor to give directives to facilitate the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy on the land allocated to the association as well as provide them with some logistics to enhance their various activities.
In his vote of thanks, the Awka Branch President of the Association, Mr Onyeka Okonkwo while appreciating the governor said the Land when developed would strengthen the activities of the association .