Rivers State Government Unifies Academic Calender for Rivers Schools:
The Rivers State Government has stated that it will unify the academic calendar and the curriculum for both public and private schools in the State. Commissioner for Education, Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi disclosed this in a meeting with the National Association of Private School Proprietors NAPPS, Rivers State Chapter, All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools ANCOPSS and Association of Primary Schools Head Teachers of Nigeria AOPSHON in her office in Port Harcourt.
Lawrence-Nemi while addressing the different Associations ,stated that the essence of the uniformity is for effective management and implementation of education development plans.
The Commissioner who noted that such plans will take the education sector in Rivers State to a greater height disclosed ‘’we have entered another year and we must work together to take the education sector in Rivers State to a greater height.” According to her, education cannot be left in the hands of the government alone insisting on the need to have a synergy with the private sector and principals of schools is most welcomed.
“As we discussed in our draft policy, we are looking at having a uniform academic calendar for both private and public schools in the State. The State Government will also adopt a uniform curriculum for both public and private schools in the State. The reason for this uniformity is for effective management and implementation of educational development plans’’ ,she said.
The Commissioner commended the different associations for all their contributions to the development of education in Rivers State in 2013, calling on them to continue to partner with the ministry so as to achieve the Millennium Development goals on education.
She listed out some of the achievements of the Ministry in 2013 which include; establishment of Education Quality Assurance Agency and School Based Management Committee SBMCs, to maintion a few. ‘’The year 2013, she noted was a remarkable year for the Ministry because of the numerous achievements the state recorded last year. Some of our the achievements in 2013 according to her in 2 include, the drafting of education policy, establishing of Quality Assurance Agency, setting up of School Based Management Committees (SBMC), setting up of the Port Harcourt Technical/Vocational Centre, opening of Ambassador Nne Furo Kurubo Model Secondary School and above all the recruitment of 13,201 new teachers.
Also, the issue of out of school children has been addressed. The State Government has approved and commenced the construction of 20 classroom blocks that will accommodate more pupils per school. The aim is to ensure that no child is left behind’’ she stated.
Lawrence-Nemi has however set up a committee that will be headed by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education Barr Michael West. The Committee have only three weeks to submit its report to the Honourable Commissioner. Members of the harmonization committee include; the Permanent Secretary Rivers State Ministry of Education Barr Michael West.