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Korean diplomat seeks more admission quota in Model School

17th Feb, 2020 | By Josie Mudasiru and Emmanuel Tortiv  | ||

Country Director of Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Mr. Woochan Chang has said the Nigeria-Korea Model School, Abuja should expand its admission quota to include children from poor and vulnerable families in Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The Country Director added that KOICA will focus more on the activities of women in agriculture this year than it has done in the past. Mr. Chan took the positions when he granted an interview to Abuja Digest Weekly recently.

He appealed to the Federal Government, through the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA)'s Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB) to increase the admission quota in order to reflect the public interest in the school. Asked if he was satisfied with the running of the model school, the Country Director said the school is high quality, but needs improvement in the area of 'representing marginalized people.'' Chan stated: "The school facility is good.

So many people want to send their children there. It is okay based on merit but at the same time the school should also be accepting students from families that are not well off amongst the indigenes of FCT since rich people have a choice that poor people do not have. They can send their children to private schools." He added that "though the school is a center of excellence among public schools, it should embrace the poor…" Mr. Chan said aside handing the school over to the Federal Government, in the last nearly two years KOICA has been engaged in close monitoring and end-of- project evaluation which resulted in the training of internal staff so as to reward the best performing teacher as incentive to motivate the staff.

He also said KOICA will support the introduction of multi-media education in some selected schools in FCT this year. The choice of those schools, according to the Korean diplomat, will depend on a needs assessment and baseline survey carried out by his agency. To achieve this, he said workshops and discussions with various stakeholders will be organized. Also concerned that though women work hard but are rarely appreciated, the Country Director said KOICA in the near future will support women in agriculture to increase their income levels.

Already, the Director said, a Mission Team has visited rural communities of Abuja and Niger State and will be beaming attention on rice production. "As you know men usually are the ones who engage in the production of rice but in terms of processing, women are actively involved… Women work hard, sometimes harder than men, but their social position does not measure up to the men in Nigeria," he stated.

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