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Delta govt establishes model schools to ease learning – commissioner

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Delta state government says the establishment of model primary and secondary schools in the state was to give children of school age, the opportunity to acquire basic education without hindrance.

The commissioner for basic and secondary education, Chief Patrick Ukah, disclosed this when he and his information counterpart, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, visited the newly established Government Primary School, Junior Staff Quarters, Asaba, which has state-of-the-art educational facilities. 

Ukah said that the school was established by the current state administration to address the growing need for a school in the densely populated area of Asaba. “Before the establishment of this school, the closest primary school to this place was Uzoigwe Primary School which you could consider to be about four kilometres away from here.

“The next primary school was New Era, equally about that same distance. The governor directed that we should put up a primary school here to take care of the educational needs of the people from this side of the town, the commissioner added.

He noted that the school, upon completion, had 379 enrollees, 19 classrooms, kindergarten, primary one to primary six pupils, toilet facilities, football pitch and other academic facilities.

The education commissioner further disclosed that, of the 12 model schools approved by the previous administration in the state, 10 had been completed by the present administration. According to him, a lot had been achieved in the education sector by the Okowa-led administration, emphasising that sports had become a policy in the state, adding that education curriculum had been reviewed with the infusion of trafficking in persons.

He, then, called on traditional rulers, opinion moulders and other stakeholders to help government mitigate the teething problem of vandalism in schools.

To address vandalism in schools, Ukah said every child would be allocated a seat where he or she would account for such if destroyed, stressing that on yearly basis, over N700 million was spent by government for the provision of lockers and chairs in schools across the state.

The commissioner said that Delta state was ahead of others in infrastructural development and standard of learning, even as he enjoined students and pupils to maximise the conducive learning atmosphere to improve their academic pursuits.

Aniagwu said Delta being an education-loving state, would spare no effort in providing state-of-the-art facilities for all strata of education. 

Aniagwu said that the ongoing harvest of projects in all sectors of the state economy was a deliberate effort by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to address infrastructural deficit in the state. He disclosed that the projects were also meant to create wealth through employment generation and meaningful engagement of youths in host communities.

“We want, as an education loving state, to provide that platform for our people to excel in their academic pursuit in a more conducive atmosphere. The Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education is very much involved in the supervision and development of the minds of those who also impart this knowledge.

“So, they are not only supervising the provision of this infrastructure, they are also piloting the training and the retraining of our teachers. The moment you build a new school, the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education will tell you better, you will need extra personnel, the security man who is going to guard this school who doesn’t have a job before now has a job as a security man. So, it is also part of our strategy to continue to create wealth for our people,” he said.

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