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May 21, 2018

It’s not your Business to Build Chapels …Anglican Church tells Imo Government

The Anglican Church is shaking its head in objection, over government’s style of using state money to build chapels, when the state has more than enough churches. This was contained in a communiqué issued by the Anglican Communion Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, at the end of its 29th Regular Meeting of the Provincial Council, held at Cathedral Church of Emmanuel, Mgbidi diocese in Oru-West L.G.A and presided over by His Grace Most Rev. Dr. Caleb A. Maduoma, Archbishop of the province. “That religion is a veritable tool in nation building is not in doubt. However, the effect of its misuse can…

Massive exploitation of students at IMSU

It is very disheartening to observe that the good intention of Governor Rochas Okorocha in extending the Free Education Programme of his administration to Imo State University Students has been converted as a money making business by the lecturers of IMSU. Some of these lecturers mostly in the School of Business Studies are now channelling what would have been paid as tuition fees to themselves by forcing their students to buy their own published so called textbooks at very highly inflated prices. These so called textbooks, which can best be described as pamphlets are published semester by semester on a…

Abolish free education in colleges now – Prof. Imam tells Govt …As Principals end training in Owerri

Guest lecturer and Consultant to All Nigeria Confederation of Principal of Secondary Schools, (ANCOPSS) Professor Hauwa Imam has harped on the danger inherent in the over-all development of sound academic standards in public secondary schools in Nigeria, occasioned by lack of political will and genuine desire and commitment of the various State Governments in providing enabling environment and motivation that will propagate intellectual growth among principals, teachers and students. Prof. Imam bared her mind at the International Conference Centre Owerri on Tuesday 22nd November 2016 during the inaugural lecture of the 2016 Mandatory Continuing Professional Training (MCPT) for principals drawn…

Between Imo Free Education And Quality Education In Schools

The Imo state government has on several occasions boasted and enumerated what Imo children stand to gain in the free education program it introduced at the inception of Governor Okorocha’s tenure in 2011. One of such is that education has been made available to every dick and harry in the state which most parents then appreciated and saw it as dividend of democracy. But a recent report by National newsbreak newspaper that Imo state performed poorly in some external examination may have punctuated all the hullabaloo about free education in the state. It is a fact that the introduction of…

Take your studies seriously – Imo Education Commissioner advises student

The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Hon. (Mrs) Gertrude Ego Oduka, has advised Imo children to take their studies seriously so as to justify Government’s huge investment in education. Mrs. Oduka gave the advice in her office while speaking on the rationale for the establishment of the Action team called Operation Enhance Education Standard in the State. She charged Imo Children to take full benefits of the Governor’s free education programme from Primary to Tertiary level by taking their studies seriously and shun all distractions and negative tendencies. The Commissioner described the policy as a lifelong opportunity that must…

Free Education or Frivolous Education (2)

  Unfortunately we have found ourselves in an era when the buying of admissions into our higher institutions and what the students refer to as sorting for examination marks have become the order of the day in our tertiary institutions. But after all the sorting with either money or sex and the accompanying fake graduation and when the chips are down, light will dispel the darkness and the obvious will happen. For instance, today, many storey buildings in our urban centers like Abuja and Lagos designed and manned by our certified architects and engineers are collapsing on our heads, while…

Free Education or Frivolous Education

  In line with Epistemological studies, the search for knowledge has been an ancient endeavour of man. Right from the time of Adam and Eve or the primitive man in the cave for those who prefer to be purely worldly there has been that unceasing longing to see more, to know and to do more. This innate yearning seemingly accounts for man’s quest to explore and conquer the universe giving credence to the instruction given to our first parents in the book of Genesis. The historical strides made by the civilizations of the past were driven by man’s desire to…

IMSU, 7th most subscribed university in Nigeria – Vice-Chancellor

Imo State University (IMSU) is the seventh most subscribed university in Nigeria. The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Ukachukwu Aloysius Awuzie disclosed this at the matriculation ceremony of the Institution held February 7, 2015. In his address at the occasion, Prof. Awuzie said over 20,000 candidates applied for admission in the university out of which only 5,000 were admitted. He hailed the Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha for the hundred percent Free Education Policy to all Imolites and non-indigene students of the university and also for infrastructural developments going on both in the main campus and also at…

Extend free education to mission schools – Msgr. Paul Amakiri tells Imo govt

A renowned educationist and former national president of the Association of Nigerian Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), Msgr. Paul C. Amakiri has challenged the Imo State Government to extend free education to mission schools bearing in mind the wards are also sons and daughters of the state. Speaking during a five-day seminar organized by National Association of Catholic Diocesan Directors/Secretaries of Education (NACDDEN) held in Owerri recently, Msgr. Amakiri who is also the Director, Ahiara Diocesan Education Commission recalled his recent efforts to have audience with the governor on the issue, but regretted that his efforts have not…

Free Education is not free Certificate!!!

Whether teachers are born or made depends on which teacher you meet. But Sir Andrew Ajaero is every inch a teacher only he’s from the old school. Mbaise-born and a principal for 20 years, Sir Andrew would not negotiate discipline with any school board neither would he spare the rod and spoil the child. Any offence will get the desired punishment – flogging included. But the veteran educator knows times have changed. Having gone to school before the war and started teaching after, he knows that tremendous changes have occurred both in and out of the classroom.  The man who…

Our Lady of Mount Carmel College Emekuku celebrates

ANULIKA MICHELLE UKEGBU – The Director of the Catholic Education Commission, Rev. Fr. Victor Eleba has said that the 13 mission schools reclaimed from the State Government are facing some challenges due to the free education recently introduced by the Governor Okorocha administration. Fr. Eleba who was speaking during the valedictory Mass/Speech and Price Giving Day celebration at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel College, Emekuku, however, said the schools could still hold their own, building on their past records and achievements. The Director appealed to stakeholders to invest in the schools, which he said would now manage their own…

Pension: Not in my hands – Dr Mrs Uche Ejiogu

In church circles, she is popularly known as “Nwanyi Ukwa,” in recognition of her culinary skills in making the delicious, traditional dish Ukwa. Dr Mrs Uche Ejiogu has proudly defended that title every Harvest at Assumpta Cathedral. But she has other names not connected to her culinary ability. Nicknames such as Iron Lady and Air Raid refer to her penchant for rattling nerves when she pays a surprise visit to schools. In one of her visits, she found that teachers at the school had taken more money from students than was allowed for a particular exercise. She ordered a refund…