Thursday, August 30 , 2012
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FEDPOFFA shines at SIFE competition BANKOLE FAMUYIBO
utstanding performance of the leadership of the Federal Polytechnic, Offa (FEDPOFFA), Kwara State, is rubbing off on its students, no doubt. This was manifested when the students of the institution under Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) project outshone their counterparts from other universities and polytechnics in the country at an innovation and technological exposition contest held in Lagos recently. The competition organised by SIFE Nigeria, a non-governmental organisation in youth development saw the polytechnic came first in the Technological innovation Category. The projects which earned the
institution the credit was tagged: “Password enabled door and medical diagnosis software for hospitals.” Receiving the team back to school, the Registrar, Alhaji AbdulHamid Raji, applauded them to have done the polytechnic proud, saying the performance has demonstrated the academic excellence the polytechnic is known for over years. Speaking on the two projects carried out by the students, Mr. Olaosebikan Oyeleke, who was their adviser, said the projects were developed as a form of answers to challenges being faced in the security and health sectors in the country. He, however, called for improved partnership with
the team to enable them execute many of their projects in the pipeline. Meanwhile, the Rector of the institution, Dr. Mufutau Olatinwo has commended the staff of the Polytechnic staff schools for working very hard to ensure that the schools maintain standard in their activities. Olatinwo gave the commendation at the recent graduation of the Women in Technical Education (WITED) Pre-Nursery and Nursery Schools which was held in the polytechnic mini campus. The Rector, who was represented by Head, Information and Protocols Unit of the polytechnic, Mr. Wole Alawode pledged that the polytechnic would continue to support them.
Students of Jextoban Secondary School, Ketu, Lagos, during their graduation ceremony recently
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Surajudeen, however, urged the state government to expand the scope of the adult education scheme by offering scholarship to brilliant students among the beneficiaries who are interested in furthering their education. Similarly, the duo of Mrs. Sikirat Olowolayemo, 50, and Bolanle Azeez, 44, also stopped schooling after their primary education. Immediately little Sikirat passed out of the primary school according to her, she was asked by her father to learn a trade just because of her sex while her other male siblings continued with their education. “It was a painful decision that makes me feel unhappy whenever it comes to mind,” “Now apart from the fact that I don’t need an interpreter again before I sell pepper to the non-Yoruba, I can also write simple sentences in English language,” she said. Mrs. Azeez, a trader from Oyo State did not also go beyond the primary school. “Before now, I had no confidence to speak in English language in public because I wouldn’t want to be laughed at, but now I can speak much better and confidently too,” she stressed. The story is similar from numerous others who spoke to National Mirror on their involvement in the scheme. Learners are offered only three subjectsEnglish Language, Mathematics and General Studies and apart from the regular two-hours lessons holding twice or thrice per week, students are also given some assignments to work on at home and submit for markings at their next meetings. They equally determine the time table and schemes of work as convenient for them. One of the agency’s chief instructors, Mr. Olaniyi Banjo, describes the adult literacy programme as a worthwhile exercise. “Working as an instructor at an adult learning centre is somehow challenging. Though it is not that rewarding in terms of welfare,” said Olaniyi. “At
times, I have to go to students at home and market to interact and plead with them to come to class. Some of them will tell me they are too busy in the shops and therefore would have to attend to customers and family needs with a promise to come some other days. The encouragement is necessary for them to give adequate attention to the programme,” he said. “Even at that, the number of our students keeps increasing yearly across the local government areas in the state. “This is the kind of school where students dictate the time to hold lessons, as well as the schemes of work to be done at their convenience.” He disclosed that lessons hold between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m on the day of meeting. He, however, noted that the efforts of the instructors, who are part time workers, are not commensurable with the condition of service and remuneration, while pleading with the Lagos State government to improve the welfare of the instructors, in terms of increased remuneration and prompt payment of such allowances. National Mirror gathered from a government’s source that an instructor earns between N2, 000 and N5, 000 monthly allowance, depending on the subjects and hours of duty. “We call them volunteers and government pays them honorarium monthly,” Olaniyi noted. Majority of the instructors are teachers in the primary and secondary schools who volunteer their service for the scheme. According to the Special Adviser on Education to the state’s governor, Otunba Fatai Olukoga, whose office oversees the agency in charge of the scheme, the scheme was established by Edict No 2 of January 31, 1991, in response to the Federal Government’s initiative to eradicate illiteracy in the country. He noted that with the current 87 per cent literacy rate the state had achieved so far, which is the highest by any state government in the country, the agency is working seriously to get 91 per cent by 2015 against the 60 per cent Education for All (EFA) target set by the UN. The governor’s aide added that the state had recorded 87 per cent literacy rate as at the last survey three years ago, which he said was the highest by any state in the country. While Olukoga urged local government councils, civil society groups, as well as philanthropist individuals to join hands with the government on the scheme, he also appealed to other illiterates in the state to get registered at any adult study centre nearest to them. “Learning is a continuous process that has no age limit,” he concluded.
Divine Model School students, Mowe, Ogun State in a cultral display at their end-of year party.
Former Bishop of Lokoja, Bishop George Bako in a group photograph with grandchildren of his classmates who are also students of his Alma mater - CMS Grammar School, Bariga, Lagos, during the school’s founders’ day recently.
Students of Uncle Bayus College, Ewu-Oliwo, Ikorodu, in a cultural display during the school’s graduation ceremony.
Students of La Salle College, Ondo, pose with the school officials during their graduation ceremony.
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