Saturday, July 9, 2011

Amaechi’s Everyday Project Of Training Rivers Teachers
8 July 2011

Basic Education is very important in any child’s life. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), being in the forefront in seeing that the Universal Basic Education programme was enforced, is highly commendable. Its expression and readiness to assist the Governor Chibuike Amaechi-led government of Rivers State, as contained in a recent report, with technical inputs to boost this kind of education, is an effort that the praise goes
 beyond the West end.  The signing of the 2011 Programme Implementation Agreement (PIA) between Rivers State and UNICEF at Government House, Port Harcourt, is wow.

We have recently heard the Rivers State Commissioner for Education, Dame Alice Lawrence Nemi, said that 5,000 teachers in the state are to be trained on the new 9- year Universal Basic Education (UBE) curriculum software. This could not have been made known to the public if not that we recently reviewed the education policies in the state with its attendant criticisms.

We think 5,000 is even a small number, but we are not to worry because we could hear that 10,000 teachers are to go for training by tommorrow. It’s been long we have been hearing about Rivers State training and re-training teachers that would use the Kilimanjaro schools. If the state government likes, the education angle should hold a one year refresher workshop for the domestication of the new curriculum, all we want is evidence of where the acquired skill from the workshop is channeled to.

The state government procuring several copies of the new curriculum by the Nigerian Educational and Research council, is a good action, but the government's commitment to seeing that the schools are at work would be the best action taken.

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