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Nasarawa To Embark On Training Of Primary School Teachers In The State.

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Nasarawa State Government will soon embark on training of primary school teachers, in its bid to uplift the standard of education in the state.

Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, disclosed this while delivering a speech on the occasion of the inauguration of the Chairman and members of the governing council of the College of Education Akwanga, on Thursday.

According to the Governor, a train-the-trainer programme for primary school teachers will commence before the end of September, being part of the recommendations of a technical committee that recently carried out a baseline survey of schools across the state.

While reiterating the commitment of his administration towards ensuring that children in primary schools access quality education as foundation for higher education, Engineer Sule stressed the need for competent teachers, as well as a review of primary school curriculum.

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“This administration is determined to ensure that at least, in the primary school level, we pass onto our children an excellent foundation, so that they can start up from there,” he stated.

In this regard, the Governor urged the chairman and members of the governing council of the College of Education Akwanga, on the task ahead of them, especially that the institution will produce the kind of teachers required by the state, in line with the educational policy, philosophy and vision of his administration.

Recall that Engineer Sule, while receiving the report of the baseline survey from the technical committee headed by Professor Mohammed Isa Kida, vowed to uplift the standard of education in the state, adding that God will not forgive him, if after realising the inherent decay, he leaves office without doing anything.

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Also recall that the technical committee, which undertook a survey of 1391 primary schools across the 13 local government areas of the state, disclosed that a large percentage of primary school teachers require training to be able to fit into the vision of the state government for education.

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Ghana: Enough Of Submission Of Documents, Pay Teachers Their Legacy Arrears; Educational Workers Connect To GES.

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“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters” (Albert Einstein)

In fact, there is no denying the fact that, education in Ghana is incomplete without the Ghanaian teachers.

This is a fact that cannot be contested. But the obvious question that always beg for answers is whether the Ghanaian teacher is given that due recognition and respect as they deserve. Your guess is as good as mine.

As said by Guy Kawasaki, “If you have to put someone on a pedestal, put teachers. They are the society’s heroes”

Educational Workers Connect, an educational Think Tank interested in ensuring quality education across the country has once again read with pleasant surprise a circular emanating from GES asking the teachers to once again submit their documents to justify the payment of their old age legitimately owed legacy arrears.

This directive we consider not just worrying, unjustified and unfair to the hardworking teachers across the country but also an orchestrated ploy by GES to either frustrate the teachers or to once again delay the process of paying the teachers their legacy arrears.

We say this because we know for a fact that the teachers have several times submitted these documents through their Union leaders.

Besides, GES have been on record to have stated unequivocally that they were either working on the modalities to pay the teachers or had paid the teachers. A claim the teachers disputed. So the natural question to ask GES is to know which documents did they use to pay those they claimed they had paid? So, we are asking GES to tell the whole country how many times they want the teachers to continuously submit their documents to warrant the payment of these legacy arrears owed these teachers?

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We are also on record to have asked GES on 6th August, 2020 to publish the list of all the teachers they claimed they had paid to settle the issues since the teachers denied receiving those arrears. Unfortunately, GES failed to heed to this simple demand that they themselves had promised to do when the teachers mounted a spirited defence against their claim of paying the teachers.

We want to remind GES in case they are unaware that teachers are moaning, groaning and disillusioned with the system. It is important for GES to know that there is so much anger and agitation yet to explode if they fail to pay these teachers expeditiously Therefore, the least we expect GES to do to the teachers is to deny same teachers what is legitimately theirs.

The ramifications that this bad treatment by GES is having on our teachers with its concomitant effects on our education are obvious and dire.

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We also want to use this opportunity to ask the various teacher unions if it is a crime or an error to make them the teacher union leaders. We ask this question because of their deafening silence on this legacy arrears issue in a very long while. What has happened to effective communication with their members? What do they know that their members do not know for which reason they seem very lethargic on this very sensitive matter?

This is because according to the Gen Secretary of Gnat, Mr. Thomas T. Musah, GNAT had compiled an electronic database of all their members owed varied arrears totalling 45,512 across the country. This data he said was submitted to GES on 27th Feb, 2020.

So why is GES again asking same teachers to submit same documents? If this is not a ploy to frustrate the teachers, then what again could be the motive?

The teacher Union leaders must remember that “one of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised. “(Chinua Achebe). We demand of them to as a matter of urgency, fight for the rights of their members. This is a non negotiable point that must be stated unequivocally.

We are therefore, asking GES to get the documents that they so need from the teachers either from the teacher Union leaders or from their database.

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According to Brian Tracy, ” Integrity is the most valuable and respected quality of leadership. GES must protect their integrity and stop what we consider to be an unfair treatment being meted out to the teachers. What crime have the Ghanaian teachers committed to warrant these unacceptable treatments from those who should know better? Our leaders, especially our political leaders across governments who are taking the Ghanaian teachers through this agony must remember that it is teachers who taught them, still teaching some of them and teaching their children. So why treat these teachers with contempt and unfairness?

We want to end our call by once again reminding GES of the figures that we are looking at as presented by the teacher unions.
Teachers owed legacy arrears as follows;

CCT-GH Members
9,410

GNAT-Members

45,512

Total number of teachers owed excluding NAGRAT members is 54,922 lt doesn’t mean NAGRAT members are not owed. But, we are not accurate on the exact figure.

This data was submitted to GES on 27th Feb.2020.

Once again, enough of the submission of documents. Pay the teachers their legacy arrears. Ghanaian teachers deserve better.
Their rewards are no more in heaven. The Ghanaian teachers need their rewards on this earth.

God bless Ghana!
God bless Educational Workers Connect!
Signed:

Daniel Yao Agbezudor
(Executive Secretary)
0243851542

 

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Federal University Lokoja To Move To Permanent Site In October 2020

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The Executive Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello hosted the newly inaugurated Governing Council of the Federal University, Lokoja at the Council Chamber of Government House, Lokoja.

The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof Angela Mary Freeman, while introducing the council members of the university, stated that her tenure will come to an end in February, 2021 and appealed to the Governor to extend fatherly love to the new council and its members led by Senator Christ Iheanyichukwu Adighije, PhD.

The leader of the delegation who is the Pro-Chancellor /Chairman of the Governing Council, Senator Christ Iheanyichukwu Adighije, PhD said the council and its members were on a courtesy visit to congratulate the Governor on his recent victory at the Supreme Court, describing the victory as a well deserved.

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He also used the opportunity to commensurate with the government and people of Kogi State, most especially the families of those who loss their lives during the fire incident that claimed over 25 lives along Felele area of Lokoja and pray to God for their souls to receive divine grace in eternity. A minute silence was observe in honour of the deceased.

The Pro-Chancellor / Chairman of the Governing Council stated that, among other objectives of their visit is to inform the Governor of the institution arrangement to move to the permanent site at Felele area by the first week of October, 2020 and the university need of approval for the Certificate of Occupancy, payment of compensation to land owners who have voluntarily relinquish their land to the university, perimeter fencing of the land, provision of intercity buses to ease movement of students and others from the temporary site to the new site at Felele among others.

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Responding, the Governor said the Pro-Chancellor /Chairman of the Governing Council, Senator Christ Iheanyichukwu Adighije, PhD was his mentor while at the Federal Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Commission, stressing that, he is a disciplined man whose mentorship has brought him and many others to an enviable position and urged the council members to tap from his wealth of knowledge and experience for the needed development of the institution, the host community, the State and the Country at large.

The Governor appealed to the council to look into the local content of the state when the choice of the next Vice Chancellor begin and on the request presented, the Governor promised to approve the certificate of occupancy when all the processes are completed and promised to look into other demands as soon as the financial situation of the State improves.

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Gov Bello Host FUL Governing Council Members

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The Executive Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello host the newly inaugurated Governing Council of the Federal university, Lokoja at the council chamber of government house, Lokoja.

The vice chancellor of the university, Prof Angela Mary Freeman stated while introducing the council members of the university that, her tenure will come to an end in February, 2021 and appealed to the Governor to extend fatherly love to the new council and it members led by Senator Christ Iheanyichukwu Adighije, PhD.

The leader of the delegation who is the Pro-Chancellor /Chairman of the Governing Council, Senator Christ Iheanyichukwu Adighije, PhD stated that, the council and its members are on a courtesy visit to congratulate the Governor on his recent victory at the Supreme Court which the pro chancellor described as a well deserved victory and secondly to commensurate with the government and people of Kogi State most especially the families of those who loss their lives during the fire incident that claimed over 25 lives along Felele area of Lokoja and pray to God for their souls to receive divine grace in eternity. A minute silence was observe in honour of the deceased.

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The Pro-Chancellor / Chairman of the Governing Council stated that, among other objectives of their visit is to inform the Governor of the institution arrangement to move to the permanent site at Felele area by the first week of October, 2020 and the university need of approval for the Certificate of Occupancy, payment of compensation to land owners who have voluntarily relinquish their land to the university, perimeter fencing of the land, provision of intercity buses to ease movement of students and others from the temporary site to the new site at Felele among others.

Responding,
the Governor stated that, the Pro-Chancellor /Chairman of the Governing Council, Senator Christ Iheanyichukwu Adighije, PhD was his mentor while at the federal revenue mobilization and physical commission, stressing that, he is a descplined man whose mentorship has brought him and many others to an enviable position and urged the council members to tap from his wealth of knowledge and experience for the needed development of the institution, the host community, the State and the Country at large.

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The Governor appealed to the council to look into the local content of the state when the choice of the next Vice Chancellor begin and on the request presented, the Governor in his usual magnanimity, promised to approve the certificate of occupancy when all the processes are completed and promised to look into other demands as soon as the financial situation of the state improves.

The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Pharm Abdulkareem Jamiu Asuku, the Commissioner of education, finance and other members of the state executive councils were present during the meeting.

Highlight of the visit, was an official group photograph with the governor and the council members.

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