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World Read Day: ‘161,379 Teachers trained on Jolly Phonics



No fewer than 161,379 public school teachers have been trained on the jolly phonics teaching method as part of efforts to provide functional education in the country.

Jolly Phonics is a fun and child-centered approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics, with actions for each of the 42 letter sounds.

The country Director of the Universal Learning Solution (ULS) Mr Patrick Uzu, stated this in Abuja during the commemoration of ‘World Read Aloud Day,’ organised by Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) in collaboration with ULS.

World Read Aloud Day, which is being recognised on February 2 every year, is to motivate children, teens, and adults to celebrate the power of words to show that the right to read and write belongs to all people.

Uzu said, “In total 161,379 public school teachers and 6,107 government officials have now received training reaching 13.2 million pupils.

“The Jolly Phonics methodology is widely recognized as being the most effective tool to enable learners to develop the skills required to read and write confidently in the English language.

The Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr Hamid Bobboyi represented by the Deputy Executive Secretary Technical, Prof. Bala Zakari said the World Read Aloud Day aims at expanding children interest in books, vocabularies, comprehension, grammar, and attention which could be seen as a free vaccine for literacy.

He said, “The benefit of Reading Aloud to Children and Adults includes; bringing about emotional escape in stories, if parents could read to their children for a few minutes every day, helping to regulate their emotions and also help them learn how to better express themselves.

“Children who spend time reading aloud are more likely to understand different people and cultures, helping the development of empathy, and deepens their imagination, improving parents emotional regulations and stronger bond with their skills, children, and finally bringing about confidence everywhere.”

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Expert seeks compulsory teaching of literature in English



An educationist Mrs Oluwatobi Oyedele wants Government to make the school curriculum more inclusive by putting emphasis on literature in English as compulsory subject for all students in Secondary school.

Mrs Oyedele who is the Chief Executive Officer of a ‘’Social enterprise, which deals with social issues, Big’s Odyssey’’, stated this at the climax of a poetry competition, in Port Harcourt, Rivers state to celebrate Children’s Day.

Mrs Oyedele said the poetry competition would help close the gap created by social system that demeans those in art class and will be a tool of expression for students to convey their dreams and aspiration.

Mrs Oyedele advised children that would want to venture into poetry to follow their dream and give it their best.

Edim Francis of Jewel Model School, Kubwa, Abuja, coached by Ekaete George emerged winner for the senior category, while Kimberly Major of Jephthah Comprehensive Secondary School, Port Harcourt coached by Gift Major won the junior category.

The theme of the poetry was ‘’choices” as kids at this point of their lives are faced with decisions and choices that are instrumental to what they become in future.

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PDP in Yola South, Endorsed Comrade Bapullo Aspiration Come 2023.



Members of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP in Adarawo ward, Yola south local government have endorsed the aspiration of comrade Abdurrahman Bapullo for member Yola south constituency.

At an endorsement ceremony that took place at the party’s office lumel-wuro Hausa Adarawo, the party faithfuls solicit total support from other wards for his election bid in 2023 general election.

Addressing newsmen at the party’s office, the PDP chairman Adarawo ward, Mallam Baba mijinyawa said the reason behind the endorsement of comrade Abdurrahman Bapullo is based on his track record in serving humanity and urged the party’s faithfuls in Yola south to rally round their son for the victory of the party in the general election.

Mallam Baba also called on excos and delegates to support Bapullo’s aspiration for better representation so as to enjoy dividends of democracy.

In their separate remarks, the youths leader of PDP in Adarawo ward Nuhu Bibi and the women leader, Maimunatu Murtala called on women and Youths to give necessary support to Bapullo to represent youths in the state House of assembly.

On his part, Abubakar Usman who spoke on behalf of the Adarawo community in Yola south, explained that the Bapullo’s endorsement was based on merit for the good people of Yola south constituency.

In his acceptance speech, the Peoples Democratic Party PDP aspirant for Yola south Adamawa state House of assembly comrade Abdurrahman Bapullo, thanked the Adarawo community and its environs for their solidarity and confidence reposed in him to represent the good people of Yola south.

Comrade Bapullo also called on the party faithfuls to support his aspiration so as to actualise his dream in overturning the fortunes of Yola south constituency for better representation.

Abdurrahman Bapullo pointed out that he entered politics to represent youths which according to him, youths are the backbone of every developed society.

The human right activist, used the opportunity to congratulate Muslim ummah for the successful completion of the holy month of Ramadan fast and urged them to imbibe the virtues of kindness, tolerance, love, peace and harmony, sacrifice as exemplified by the holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him)

Comrade Bapullo wishes all Muslim ummah a happy Eidel Fitir salla celebration and prays that the peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be with them.

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ADSHA Member in Certificate Scandal.



A member representing Fufore/Gurin State Constituency at the Adamawa State House of Assembly, Hon. Shuaibu Babas is alleged to have forged his First School Leaving Certificate, FSLC.

A constituent who presented photocopies of alleged forged document to Apex News Exclusive, but pleaded anonymity said, it is unconstitutional to allow someone who has committed such scandal to continue to represent his constituency.

The documents reveals that Hon. Babas finished at LGEA Primary School, Kukawa in 1986, at Yamatu Deba LGA in Gombe State, and collected FSLC on 25 April same year.

However, further checks countered Hon. Babas’ claims. According to the letter from the Ministry of Education, Gombe State, in reply to an enquiry, titled Re-Verification of certificate of primary school in respect of Shuaibu Babas, dated 6th September, 2019, and signed by Ali Yaya Ahmed, Ag. Director of Exams, for Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Gombe State, the certificate was forged.

The recommendation memo, MOE/S/EXAMS/E.20/V.II, stated that, as at the time claimed by the certificate (1986), Gombe was not created. The ministry also questioned the use of a letter heading, bearing Gombe State in 1986.

Accordingly, the State Education Ministry said, in 1986, Yamatu Deba LG, as claimed by the certificate was not created.

More damming is the 25th April, 1986, the day of the issuance of the certificate. Perusing through 1986 calendar, the said date fall on Sunday, which is not working day.
In its submission, the Gombe State Ministry of Education declare the certificate invalid, null and void, because of it forgery status.

The constituent is calling on relevant authorities to act to save the integrity of the hallowed state legislature by asking Hon. Babas to resign.
Several calls by this media organization to reach Hon. Babas were not returned as at the time of filing this story.

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