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Anambra Govt Kickstarts CBT Tests for Recruitment of 3000 Teachers

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Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State

Anambra State Government on Thursday commenced the conduct of Computer-Based Tests for applicants for the 2023 teachers’ recruitment exercise.

In this second batch of teachers’ recruitment going on under the present administration of Governor Chukwuma Soludo, 3000 teachers are targeted, for Post Primary School Service Commission, PPSSC and the State Universal Basic Education Board, ASUBEB.

The recruitment is driven by the Commission and the Board, with technical support from the State ICT Agency.

Our correspondent who visited some of the centres in Awka, reports a seamless exercise which started as early as 7am.

Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State
CBT Tests for teachers recruitment in Anambra State

The applicants were verified by the ICT Agency technical staff with their national identity cards and examination slip before they were alowed into the CBT hall for the examination which lasted for about only 30 minutes.

Speaking at the Staff Development Centre, Awka, venue for the ASUBEB examination, the ASUBEB Chairman, Dr. Vera Nkiru Nwadinobi, disclosed that over 19,500 applications were received on the application portal, with the applicants grouped in batches for the examination.

According to her, the CBT examination is part of the governor’s strategies to train digital teachers, who will drive the vision of digital schools in the state.

“There is no way we can have smart schools when the teachers are not ICT compliant, hence the need to conduct the computer-based tests,” she said.

Dr Nwadinobi made it clear that the latest recruitment exercise is to fill the shortfall in the number of teachers in hard-to-reach communities of the state, reminding the applicants that the Board will not entertain any application for transfers when recruited.

She assured that the partnership with the State ICT Agency is critical to ensure that process is seamless and failproof.

Also speaking, the Chairman of PPSSC, Prof Nkechi Ikediugwu observed that the CBT process will help address the numerous bottlenecks associated with paper examinations for teachers’ recruitment.

On his part, the MD/CEO of the State ICT Agency, Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata, CFA, said his agency is providing technical support for the process, as the government agency with the mandate to deliver the ‘Everything Technology and Technology Everywhere’ vision of Mr. Governor.

“What we are looking at is a situation where we provide the millieu for the full exploration of technology across board and there can be no end to the benefits for Anambra people.

“That’s Mr Governor’s vision and that’s what we are driving,” he said.

Some of the applicants, Okonkwo Emmanuella and Michael Maduako, who spoke with our correspondent  commended the initiative of the CBT exams, saying it has done away with so many bottlenecks usually characteristic of such exercises.

Recall that Governor Soludo had earlier last year recruited 5,000 teachers in specific areas of need.

Therefore, the ICT Agency is providing technical support in line with our mandate and in support of Mr. Governor’s vision for a technologically sound state

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REGISTER: Enugu State to Host Maiden Edition of UN Education Conference by NgEducators

The concept of smart schools involves outfitting classrooms with digital tools such as Internet, computers, and interactive whiteboards to augment the educational experience for students and ensure that students have access to multimedia learning resources.

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The Enugu State Government through the State Ministry of Education is set to host the maiden edition of the NgEducators International Model United Nations Conference.

Expected at the conference scheduled from June 4th – 8th, 2024, with His Excellency, Dr. Peter Mbah, the Executive Governor of Enugu State as the Chief Host, are stakeholders in the education sector from the 35 States and the FCT [in Nigeria], as well as foreign nationals.

The weeklong – International Model United Nations by NgEducators – loaded with activities, and hosted by the Enugu State Government, is a recreation of the United Nations proceedings, with students acting as representatives of different countries in the United Nations General Assembly.

This year’s theme is – ‘Development of Education in Developing Countries’.

Nigerian students from all states of the federation will generate Resolutions on the future of education in Nigeria during the conference scheduled as follows:

·       June 3 – Welcome Reception for delegates, at Old Government Lodge, Enugu.

·       June 4 – Inaugural Ceremony at Okpara Square

·       June 4 – Commissioning of the Enugu Smart Green Schools at Owo

·       June 5 – Model UN Plenary Sessions at Old Govt. Lodge

·       June 5 – Meeting of all Nigerian States Commissioners of Education, at Old Govt. Lodge

·       June 6 – Model UN Plenary, at Old Govt. Lodge

·       June 7 – Awards and Commendations at Old Govt. Lodge

·       June 8 – Valedictory session and interaction with the Press, at Old Govt. Lodge.

All in Enugu!

Expected Speakers:

H.E. Kasim Shettima (GCON), Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria; H.E. Dr. Peter Mbah, Executive Governor of Enugu State; Prof. Tahir Mamman, Hon. Minister, Federal Ministry of Education – Nigeria; Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, Executive Secretary, UBEC; Ambassador (Dr.) Tivlumun Innocent Ahure, Global Director General of IHRC RFT and President of NgIMUN; Prof. Ndubueze Mbah, Enugu State Commissioner of Education, amongst others.

Speaking ahead of the conference, the Enugu State Commissioner of Education, Prof. Ndubueze Mbah, said that the conference by #NgEducatorsIMUN – is in line with Dr. Peter Mbah’s vision and ambitious stride towards revolutionizing education in the State.

Recall that the Enugu State Government had announced a comprehensive initiative to construct 260 ‘Smart Green Schools’ across the state’s 260 wards.

This bold undertaking aims to revolutionize education by incorporating cutting-edge technologies into the learning environment, and using an innovative Experiential Learning pedagogy, to ensure the creation of a modernized, skilled, and future-ready workforce.

The concept of smart schools involves outfitting classrooms with digital tools such as Internet, computers, and interactive whiteboards to augment the educational experience for students and ensure that students have access to multimedia learning resources.

It also means giving students access to emerging knowledge economies through 3-D Printing, Augmented Reality, Robotics, and Artificial Intelligence, to enable them develop competencies for future industry and innovation, as well as prepare them to solve present problems and anticipate future solutions.

In line with the vision of the Enugu Smart Green Schools, the International Model United Nations Conference holding in Enugu is likewise designed as a key initiative of ‘Our Common Agenda’ launched by UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, in September 2021. Bringing together global, national and local education stakeholders and actors, the Conference offers an opportunity for inclusive, networked and effective global dialogue on the types of coordinated actions needed to reverse the slide on progress towards SDG 4, especially in developing countries of the world.

Participation & Registration

For more information, visit the Enugu State Ministry of Education or call 07081026341 or visit the event website: www.ngimun.com, to get registered, get diplomatic credentials.

Courtesy:

  • Enugu State Ministry of Education
  • NgEducators IMUN
  • IHRC RFT
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Federal Government Sets To Commence School-To-Work Scheme

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The Federal Government says plans are underway to launch a school-to-work scheme to enable youths to become productive and self-employed.

The Executive Secretary of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Dr. Hamid Bobboyi disclosed this in Abuja during a meeting with Commissioners of Education, Executive State and FCT Universal Basic Chairmen, Education Boards and UBEC on the School-to-Work Scheme.

Bobboyi in his keynote address, disclosed that the target group for the scheme are learners in the junior secondary schools. He added that it will provide them the opportunity to detect early in life where their talents and potential lie, between academic pursuit and vocational skills development.

Explaining how the Scheme will run, the UBEC Boss stated that it is structured to provide at least six months training, broken into two months per year of study in the junior secondary school.

Also speaking, the Director Basic Education, Federal Ministry of Education, Dr. Folake Davies, stated that the Scheme which is inline with the road map policy of the ministry, is designed to provide youths with the requisite experience necessary to excel whenever they find themselves in the working environment.

The Director, who was represented by Rose Onoja stated that only collaborative effort from the Federal, State, and Local Government levels and active involvement from the private sector will make the implementation of the program successful. Liberate actions to mitigate the living conditions of their constituents.

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Fake University Degree Holders Soon To Be Fished Out And Arrested – Minister Of Education Announces

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The Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, on Tuesday, said security agencies will go after individuals with fake university certificates in the country.

According to the minister, the individuals will be tracked after the committee set up by the Federal Government to investigate the activities of university certificate racketeers in the country submits its report.

The Federal Government had set up an Inter-Ministerial Investigative Committee on Degree Certificate Milling to probe the activities of certificate racketeers following an investigative report published by Daily Nigerian which exposed the activities of degree mills in the Benin Republic.

The investigative report, which exposed the illegalities perpetrated by some tertiary institutions in the West African countries, led to the Nigerian government placing a ban on the accreditation and evaluation of degrees from Benin Republic and Togo.

The committee set up by the Federal Government was also tasked with investigating Nigerian private universities established in the last 15 years. Recently, the committee invited memoranda from the public. Selected members of the committee also visited institutions in the Benin Republic.

While speaking at the first quarterly citizens engagement in Abuja on Tuesday, the education minister, Mamman, said;

“On the issue of the fake degrees, we set up a committee and we expect them to submit their reports soon. Once the report is submitted, I can assure you that individuals with fake certificates will be apprehended. They will be tracked by security agencies.”

Also speaking at the engagement, the Minister of State for Education, Dr. Tanko Sununu, noted that the quarterly citizenship engagement was aimed at creating awareness of the activities of the ministry.

He noted that the engagement would “ also promote mutual understanding with stakeholders and citizens, build and sustain public trust, and improve transparency and accountability in the sector.”

“Worthy of mention is that this engagement also aims to improve efficiency and streamline government operations by identifying and addressing bottlenecks,” Sununu said.

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