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Ekiti state begins the demolition of 532 old school buildings

The chairman of the Ekiti State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Prof. Femi Akinwumi, has disclosed that the state government has commenced the demolition of substandard school buildings in the state, as part of its move to provide a conducive learning environment for pupils and make the state a safe haven for all.

The demolition exercise commenced on Monday, 18 January with the demolition of Mount Mary Nursery/Primary School, Oke-Ila in Ado-Ekiti.

Ekiti state begins the demolition of 532 old school buildings

According to Akinwunmi, substandard structures in 532 primary schools across the state are expected to be demolished, to give room for the building of new ones, adding that the structures were built in the pre-colonial era dating back to 1920, and this made them too old-fashioned for the new age.

He further explained that the removal of these buildings would also prevent criminals from using the dilapidated buildings as hideouts for their activities.

The government also threatened to prosecute no fewer than 1,000 newly recruited primary school teachers who presented fake certificates and falsified their ages.

Imo State postpones resumption of schools

The Imo State Government has postponed the resumption of schools in the state until January 25, due to the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, stating that the January 25th resumption date is not certain, and subject to review.

According to a statement released by the state’s Commissioner for Education, Prof. Bernard Ikegwuoha, on Monday, January 18, in Owerri, said the postponement was as a result of the rising cases of COVID-19 in the urban areas of Owerri West, North, and the Owerri Municipal Local Government Areas.

Imo State postpones resumption of schools

The commissioner maintained that schools can only reopen when all COVID-19 protocols are compulsorily observed, with a monitoring team in place to ensure compliance.

He warned that defaulters would be sanctioned accordingly and urged proprietors and principals of schools to be on red alert.

FEC approves new retirement age for teachers

The Federal Executive Council (FEC), during its first meeting of the year 2021, approved a bill extending the retirement age for teachers in the country from 60 years to 65 years.

The meeting which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, today, Wednesday, January 20, approved the bill titled; &-8221;Harmonized Retirement Age for Teachers Bill, 2021&-8221;, and is to be sent to the National Assembly for its consideration and possible approval.

FEC approves new retirement age for teachers

The bill if approved will move the years of service from 35 to 40 years, and it also seeks to give legal backings to new measures by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to enhance the teaching profession in the country.

EBSU set to embark on strike as meeting with Gov. Umahi ends in deadlock

The Ebonyi state chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), is on the verge of embarking on strike after a meeting between the union and the state governor, David Umahi ended on a deadlock.

The meeting which held on Tuesday, 19 January at Government House, Abakaliki, had in attendance ASUU delegation, led by its National Vice Chairman, Academics, Emmanuel Osodeke, and the chairman of the (EBSU) chapter of ASUU, Ikechukwu Igwenyi, among others.

EBSU set to embark on strike as meeting with Gov. Umahi ends in deadlock

According to Osodeke, his intentions of intervening in the dispute were unsuccessful as Governor Umahi instead of focusing on the issues, decided to engage in a war of words with Ikechukwu, the Chairman of EBSU chapter of ASUU.

Mr. Osodeke said the delegation will meet with the lecturers on Wednesday, before the union at the national level decides on what to do next.

Anambra school shut down for violating resumption date directives

The Anambra state government has shut down Royal Ambassador Foundation Schools, Onitsha for violating the government&-8217;s directives on school resumption date following the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

According to a statement released by the Anambra State Ministry of Basic Education Permanent Secretary, Dr Nwando Obiano, the school reportedly allowed its students and pupils to resume on January 18th, 2021, contrary to the government&-8217;s directive on the resumption of teachers on January 18 and students on 1st February 2021.

Anambra school shut down for violating resumption date directives

The state government accused the school of its blatant disobedient to constituted authority, and advised parents to withdraw their children from the school, as the school&-8217;s operating license has been revoked.