Fake Licenses: Okowa Approves License Verification Exercise On Private Schools

Okowa, Delta, Herdsmen

Asaba – Following the upsurge in the establishment illegal private schools in Delta State and issuance of fake licenses, the State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has approved the license verification exercise to be carried out on the schools.
Mr Chiedu Ebie, Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Delta State revealed on Monday in Asaba during a ministerial press briefing, that the last exercise was in 2007 which informed why a thorough interaction with stakeholders, State House of Assembly and others were done to get the approval from the Governor.
While disclosing that the verification exercise will commence towards the end of the month, he said the structure to implement it has been put in place to ensure a smooth implementation.
He said that the development of curricula in some indigenous languages in the state and the dearth of teachers in those languages areas, some have been designated as pilot schools for the teaching and learning of Urhobo, lsoko and Ika languages.
He said the development and and production of Enuani and Itshekiri languages are at different stages with the National Education Research and Development Centers, NERDC.
While revealing that the Ministry is working round the clock to deal with challenges envisaged in the areas of personnel and books, he said the teaching of historical studies reintroduced to school curriculum across board will commence in the 2018/2019 academic year in the state.
He also said that the state government had established additional 12 primary schools and 34 secondary schools as the state is now shouldering the huge bill of maintaining 1,124 primary schools and 472 post primary institutions including six technical Colleges to enhance access to education and in consonance with SDG4, the UBE Act and the new National Policy on Education.
Ebie also said the state government has established the Teachers Professional Development Center, TPDC, to help ameliorate the challenges of low teachers’ quality and re tool, upgrade and retrain teachers at various levels.
‘’Construction of the Center commenced recently and while the construction is ongoing, approval has been graciously granted for some of the training programmes to commence this year. Specifically, we will be commencing training programmes of the Ministry Personnel, LEA Secretaries, School Heads and teachers in some areas,’’ Ebie stated.
The Commissioner mentioned security, vandalism, por maintenance culture, teachers’ distribution and data collection mechanism as some of the challenges facing the ministry.

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