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Abia Partners Australian Ministry Of Education To Train Teachers

Abia State government said it has  concluded arrangement with the  Australian Ministry of Education to retrain primary school teachers  in the state  to bring them to global standard.

Governor Okezie Ikeazu who disclosed this in his quarterly  media briefing in Umuahia said his administration was poised to remodel  the educational system in the state starting with the public  primary schools. As part  of the programme, he said the  state will in the coming months focus on the rehabilitation of infrastructure in the public schools.

He said  that  for   a start  two model  primary schools would be built in each of the three  senatorial zones of the state and equipped with state of the art  learning equipment  including computers and  furnished classrooms.

According to him with such facilities in place there would be no reason  why  any  government functionary would  not send his child to the public schools.

Dr  Ikpeazu,  a university lecturer turned politician,  added that the model schools would have accommodation for at least 10 teachers including the head teacher within the school premises as it was in the past and to  help protect the  school’s equipment.

The model schools, he added would lead to the calibration of other  public and  private primary schools adding that once the   government  has set a  standard for the  pubic schools, the private schools  would be expected to take a cue.

He also revealed that the initiative of his administration for public  spirited individuals to take  up the  rehabilitation of primary schools and furnishing classrooms blocks in the primary schools they attended in their communities have started to yield results.

Under the aegis  of “Friends  of Abia ,Adopt  a  school  Initiative”  he  said that  work has started in  three of such adopted  schools out of the 35  that interests  have been indicated adding   that  government  was continuing in its mobilisation effort to bring in more people to key into the programme.

While answering questions  on why he is yet to start the free  school meals in selected  schools  as promised, he said that the project was temporarily put on hold and would  commence soon.

He  explained that it was discovered that  most of the  poor schools that were to be the beneficiaries of the free meals   had their pupils  sitting on the floor to take  their lessons and “I can’t find my self on camera giving out   meals to pupils sitting on the  floor.