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Private Schools Reject Saturday School Over IPOB Sit-At-Home Order

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The Association of Private School Owners of Nigeria (APSON) has kicked against the adoption of Saturday as school day to make up for the loss every Monday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that schools in the South-East are being forced to close on Mondays due to the sit-at-home order.

This is happening even after the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB), which issued the order to show solidarity to its detained leader, Nnamdi Kanu, had cancelled it.

In a statement issued in Enugu and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the Chairman of Enugu chapter of APSON, Mr Emeka Grahams, appealed to the state government not to introduce the Saturday school policy in the state.

Grahams was reacting to the Anambra Government’s policy adopting Saturday as a school day to replace Monday, with effect from October 30.

He contended that adopting such a policy without recourse to school owners, parents and students would affect the school system.

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According to him, Saturdays are work-free days all over the world for workers to rest, engage in activities such as celebration, house chores and cleaning, especially during state monthly environmental sanitation.

“Some weeks back, I heard that some schools in Enugu now run Saturday classes to enable them deal with the loss and setback occasioned by the Monday sit-at-home order.

“At first, I thought it impossible and incredible how proprietors could impose it on their teachers, students and parents.

“While still wondering and pondering over this, the news came about Anambra’s take-off of the same policy of opening schools on Saturdays to commence on October 30,” Grahams stated.

He stated the rumour of other southeast states following suit had been rife and consistent.

He also stated that the policy ought to be brought to a roundtable, where stakeholders in the education sector would make input rather than forcing it on teachers, parents, school owners and students/pupils.

Grahams, therefore, berated schools, teachers, proprietors and students engaging in academic programmes on Saturdays.

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He stated that with the policy, some parents, proprietors and even teachers, who give out their children for marriage on Saturdays, would constantly seek permission to attend.

Private Schools Reject Saturday School Over IPOB Sit-At-Home Order

“Some parents, teachers, students and proprietors attend burials, marriages and other ceremonies on Saturdays.

“Others, who engage as best men, bridal train, girls and men on asho-ebi (uniform) or suit, will definitely come to you for permission.

“The students, pupils are the little brides, grooms, flower girls and stuff like that and definitely you won’t see them in school each time they have a wedding to attend,” he added.

Grahams argued that Saturday school would leave teachers smiling before their employers as well as suffering and murmuring behind them.

He feared that the policy would force many of them out of the system, thus compounding the post COVID-19 impact on the system .

The only way out, according to him, is to extend the learning period from the shortened school periods.

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“Some schools, which dismiss between 2pm and 4pm, can make an extension of two to three hours, bringing their closing time to between 4pm and 6pm.

“The additional two hours, multiplied by four school days, offer us eight hours to deal with the Monday sit-at-home and this is more than enough for one day learning plan.

“Schools can also be asked to commence lessons earlier than 8am by resuming at 6am, conduct morning devotion from 6.30am to 7am,” he stated.

He added that roll calls could be done from 7 am to 7:15 am, while the first period of 45 minutes could run from 7:15 am to 8 am, ‘giving us four more periods for the four days of school’.

He argued that it would be unfair to teachers that while other professionals would be home resting and enjoying themselves on Saturdays, they would be in the classroom teaching.

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Lagos govt shuts down Dowen college Over death of Sylvester Oromoni

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The Lagos State Government on Friday ordered the indefinite closure of Dowen College, Lekki, following the investigation into the death of Sylvester Oromoni, a student of the school.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Assistant Director, Public Affairs, of the Lagos State Ministry of Education, Ganiu Lawal.

The statement read, “The Lagos State Government has ordered the indefinite closure of Dowen College, Lekki, pending the outcome of an investigation into the death of Sylvester Oromoni Jnr, a student of the school.

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“Commissioner for Education Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo announced the closure after a meeting with the School Management and Staff.

“The Commissioner called for calm, saying no effort will be spared in getting to the root of the incident.”

The death of the 12-year-old student of the college, Oromoni Jnr., had sparked various reactions from celebrities and Nigerians alike.

Reports had emerged that Oromoni was bullied and beaten by fellow students. The supposed injuries from the beating led to his death, according to a Twitter user with the handle @perrisonoromoni, who claimed to be the boy’s cousin.

Lagos govt shuts down Dowen college Over death of Sylvester Oromoni

However, in a statement on Wednesday, the school denied all allegations stating that Oromoni was neither bullied nor beaten but only complained of hip pain after playing football.

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The child’s father, who bears the same name as the student, stated that contrary to what Dowen College had said in the statement, the family friend who they sent to pick up Oromoni Jnr. from the school described a totally different situation.

The bereaved father stated that his son was bullied and beaten to stupor as he said, “The next day, we sent a family friend to help pick up our son since he was the only person in Lagos and take him to the hospital. When he got there, he panicked, pointing out that he doubts it’s a football injury as the school claimed.”

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Meanwhile, Dowen College, in an email sent to parents early Friday morning, stated that students should not come to school on Friday, 3rd December and Monday, 6th December because of the incident.

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Student Beats Teacher To Death For Flogging His Younger Sister In Delta (Photo)

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A teacher in a private school in Abraka, Delta state, Ezeugo Joseph, has died after he was allegedly beaten to death by one of his students on Thursday, 2nd December 2021, IgbereTV reports.

Confirming the incident, the spokesperson of the state police command, DSP Bright Edafe, said the suspect, Micahel Ogbeise, an SS3 student of the school, attacked the teacher for flogging his younger sister, Promise.

”The suspect confronted the teacher because he flogged his younger sister. He blew the teacher, beating him up and the teacher collapsed. The teacher was rushed to the hospital where he was confirmed dead”the PPRO said.

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DSP Edafe said the suspect and his parents are currently at large as they have all fled their apartment while the sister, Promise, is currently in protective custody.

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Gov Zulum Approves Scholarship For 500 Orphans

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Borno State governor, Babagana Umara Zulum has announced scholarship for 500 orphans of Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) members who died fighting Boko Haram terrorists.
In January 2022, an initiative titled, “Borno Heroes Support Programme” will be launched by Borno State government for the award of educational scholarship to 500 orphans and their widowed mothers left behind by members of the Civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes who died during battles with Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists.

Governor Zulum announced this during his 2022 budget address at the Borno State House of Assembly on Tuesday in Maiduguri.
“We plan to launch Borno Heroes’ Support Programme. This programme involves the setting up of a government team that will identify primary and secondary school-aged orphans of volunteers in the CJTF, hunters and volunteers who died during battles. Government will give these orphans scholarships to Federal Government Colleges and international schools.

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Gov Zulum Approves Scholarship For 500 Orphans

The programme is to be in phases with a pilot phase of 500 orphans,” Zulum disclosed.
“Many of these Civilian JTF fighters, hunters and vigilantes have lost their lives fighting for Borno’s peace. Insha’Allah, we plan to reward their priceless sacrifices by educating the children they left behind, and by supporting their widows through a programme we plan to launch in January, Insha’Allah,” the governor said.
Zulum explained that: “Another component of the Borno Heroes’ Support Programme is needs assessment of widows left behind by the deceased volunteers”. He said that government would allocate required support to these widows for sustainable livelihood.

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