Principal Says STEP-B Has Raised Education Standard

Principal Says STEP-B Has Raised Education Standard

Principal Says STEP-B Has Raised Education Standard

Mrs Olufunke Awofisayo, the Principal of Federal Government Academy, Suleja, Niger, says intervention of agencies in the sector has assisted in raising the standard of education in the country.

Awofisayo spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday on the sidelines of the ongoing capacity building programme for teachers in English Language, Mathematics and Sciences holding in the school.

She said that the intervention was no doubt contributing to the advancement of science and technical education in Nigeria.

She said the efforts of World Bank, through the Science Technology Education Post Basic (STEP-B), had contributed immensely to the academic development of the school.

"In the Federal Government Academy, Suleja, the STEP-B has done a lot in the renovation of the Physics, Chemistry, Biology and basic science laboratories to meet acceptable standards," she said.

She said that the programme had assisted in the provision of furniture for teaching staff as well as sponsoring them for trainings to create a conducive environment for learning.

The principal said the overall impact of STEP-B in teaching and learning was being felt in every facet of academic life in the college.

She said the college, before the coming of STEP-B, recorded had 98 per cent and 94 per cent performance in WASCE in 2009 and 2010 respectively.

"In 2011, when the STEP-B influence had taken root, the college presented 77 candidates for WASCE.

"Out of this, 64 offered Physics and Chemistry with record performance of 100 per cent in both subjects."

According to her, most of the students are now shifting their interest to sciences because of the high level of performance being recorded in the field.

"Everyone wants to go sciences, most of the students are on upper grade and the least score in examinations now is C4.

"Teachers by this training will be well groomed to produce scientists, technicians and engineers to compete globally in their fields, while enabling Nigeria to attain its objectives of Vision 20:2020."

Some of the students, told NAN that the intervention had no doubt improved their learning environment and given them more tools to work with, noting that it had improved their performance.

"The well equipped laboratories that we have here have no doubt helped me in my studies."I came to this school from Christ the King College and I have improved a lot because the standard here is very high," Mr Chukwuemeka Kenechukwu, an SS 2 student, said.

Miss Pelumi Oni, also an SS 2 student, who was conducting an experiment in the Physics laboratory tolf NAN that the sophisticated equipment and the well furnished laboratory increased her interest in the subject.

As part of its Four-Year-Strategic Plan for the education sector, the Federal Government on Nov. 6, launched the capacity building programme for the teachers.

The Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufa'I, who launched the programme, said the move followed needs assessment carried out in selected secondary schools in the 36 states and the FCT.

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