y; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
The National University’s Commission (NUC) has accredited 10 more academic disciplines for certification by the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University (IBBU), Lapai in Niger State.
The institution is owned by the Niger State Government. It was established about sixteen years ago.
Commissioner of Education in the state, Fatima Madugu said academic programmes at the institution were qualitative and fully certified by the NUC as a centre of learning.
The Commissioner spoke on a radio phone-in-programme, “Contact” aired on the state radio station at the weekend. She said the state government was in partnership with the Cambridge University for cross breeding, exchange programmes and capacity development at the university.
She disclosed that ten additional secondary schools in the state were to be renovated under the government’s Whole Schools Develoment Approach Project.
The state government had last year embarked on complete renovation of secondary schools selected from across the state.
Already, nine secondary schools were earlier renovated under the first phase of the government’s intervention programme.
In the second phase, the schools to be affected include Technical Schools, Vocational Schools and Day Secondary Schools selected from the three senatorial zones of the state.
Three schools in each of the three senatorial zones are to be renovated and equipped with teaching and learning facilities.
Hajiya Fatima Madugu said the present administration in the state was continuing with the free education policy of the state in all it’s public schools.
The state government pays off the examination fees for all its senior secondary school students who are sitting for their senior secondary school certificates examination for the West African School Certificate Examinations, (WEAC) and the National Examinations Council, (NECO).
The Commissioner however said that henceforth, no senior secondary school students who failed his or her examination in English language and Mathematics in their local school based examinations would be allowed to to sit for NECO examination or the WEAC examination.
She explained that the failure rates by students from the state in these core subjects was embarrassing to the state government.
Hajia Madugu said efforts were being made to check the poor performance of students in those core subjects by deliberate emphasis on the teaching of the subjects in schools.