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Despite odds, education did well in FCT in 2020

18th Jan, 2021 | By Kabir Musa and Sarah Odugbo | ||

Against all odds, especially the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown, Education authorities in Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) still notched up tangible accomplishments including the construction and rehabilitation of school infrastructure. Among these are classrooms, hostels, toilets, dining halls and provision of school facilities, furniture and laboratory equipment.

Acting Director for Administration and Finance (DAF) in the Secretariat, Mallam Leramoh Abdulrazaq, disclosed these recently at the end of year media luncheon of the Education Secretariat. According to him, the achievements, recorded in an 11-page document which he read on the occasion, could not have been possible without the support of Minister of FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello.

Explaining the debilitating effects of the pandemic on virtually all aspects of human endeavour globally, Mallam Abdulrazaq stated that Covid-19 did not, however, stop the Secretariat from delivering quality service to FCT residents. Reeling out some of the infrastructural achievements recorded within the difficult year, Mallam Abdulrazaq listed the construction, equipping and furnishing of a standard block of science labs in Government Secondary School (GSS) Byazhim and Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS), Abaji; furnishing of science laboratories in 14 Senior Secondary Schools; provision of 50 sets of classroom furniture to 12 Senior Secondary Schools; additional toilet facilities in eight Senior Secondary Schools; furnishing and equipping of library for eight Senior Secondary Schools; provision of sports facilities to schools; provision of solar power system to 19 Senior Secondary Schools.

He also listed the renovation of existing boarding facilities in five schools; renovation of Secondary Education Board (SEB) office headquarters; provision of potable water in GSS Dangara and GSS, Kawu; and provision of administrative staff furniture to nine Senior Secondary Schools, as well as many other feats. Mallam Abdulrazaq stressed the vital importance of teacher training and capacity building to attain higher academic heights, saying in that wise FCTA also lived up to expectation.

Among achievements he named were the training of 300 teachers in batches on general teaching methods and classroom management; reorganization of schools with high students/classrooms ratio to run shift (morning and afternoon session) to ensure physical distancing in classrooms in line with the Covid-19 health protocols; post-Covid-19 training for all principals and vice principals; and participation of 150 staff in Global Digital Skills for Africa Training Programme. There were also the training of staff by UNICEF in the 2019-2020 Annual School Census evidence-based planning GEP3 sustainable plan and EMIS; training of women and youths on vocational courses and skill development; capacity building on Education policy and Management program on Multimedia Education by KOICA; training of 100 staff by Digital Bridge Institute, and others.

The Acting DAF specifically named the Department of Policy, Planning, Research and Statistics as ''one strategic Department that is responsible for collection and collation of relevant education data and information for analytical reporting which are key to proper planning and programme implementation,'' saying the department nicked remarkable milestones including the development of Local Education Sector operational Plan (LESOP) from 17 states.

Abdulrazaq also listed the successful production of Covid-19 electronic media/online lesson content during lockdown, some of which were uploaded to YouTube; production of FCT Education Secretariat E-learning beyond Covid-19 pandemic work plan; active participation and FCT representation in the 2020 JCCE virtual meeting where four memos from FCT received approval; successful publication of three working documents on annual school census statistical reports; and the conduct of community score card and Monitoring of Learning Achievement (MLA) for Education Secretariat ready for public unveiling and presentation, as some of the many achievements made within the year. He praised non-governmental organizations and other education partners in FCT for their support and promised that a better future lies ahead for education in the Territory.

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Malam Bello made the call while decorating his newly-promoted Chief Security Officer (CSO), Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Ahmed Rasheed, and three other officers in his security team with their new ranks.

The Chief of Medical Service, NAF Headquarters, Air Commodore Gideon Bako, said that NAF had been supplying oxygen to hospitals across the country since the emergence of COVID-19 in 2020.

"Explaining the debilitating effects of the pandemic on virtually all aspects of human endeavour globally, Mallam Abdulrazaq stated that Covid-19 did not, however, stop the Secretariat from delivering quality service to FCT residents.

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