The Education Store http://the-education-store.com/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 00:44:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://the-education-store.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/profile.png The Education Store http://the-education-store.com/ 32 32 How insecurity and COVID-19 hampered Nigeria’s education sector https://the-education-store.com/how-insecurity-and-covid-19-hampered-nigerias-education-sector/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 18:09:37 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/how-insecurity-and-covid-19-hampered-nigerias-education-sector/ Like other sectors of the national economy, Nigeria’s education sector may not fully recover from the debilitating effects of the coronavirus pandemic anytime soon, as insecurity, especially violent attacks on schools by non-state actors, has complicated the woes that afflict him. Following the suspension of its nine-month industrial action in December 2020 and the ease […]]]>

Like other sectors of the national economy, Nigeria’s education sector may not fully recover from the debilitating effects of the coronavirus pandemic anytime soon, as insecurity, especially violent attacks on schools by non-state actors, has complicated the woes that afflict him.

Following the suspension of its nine-month industrial action in December 2020 and the ease of the lockdown by the administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigerians had hoped for a return to full activities in the education sector in 2021. But many ugly events have proven optimists wrong over the past year.

While many higher education institutions have struggled to adjust their school calendars for the year due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19-induced lockdown, some states, particularly in the north and southeast of the countries, have faced relentless attacks on schools by bandits, forcing states like Kaduna, Zamfara and others to close schools.

Violent attacks on schools

Basic education, considered the foundation for lifelong learning and human development, is free and compulsory in Nigeria, in accordance with the Universal Basic Education Act 2004.

But this sub-sector appeared more troubled in 2021, raising concerns about a possible increase in the number of out-of-school children, whose current figure of over 10 million is the highest in sub-Saharan Africa.

The number of out-of-school children in Nigeria is currently estimated at 10,193,918, said Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, the Minister of State for Education, in June 2021.

The northwestern part of Nigeria, which already has the highest share of that figure, has also witnessed a spate of attacks on schools, leaving students scared to return to class.

According to SBM Intelligence, at least 1,436 students and 17 teachers were abducted between December 2020 and October 2021.

For example, Katsina, Kaduna, Zamfara, and Yobe states are among the top 10 states accounting for over 50% of out-of-school children in Nigeria, and they have all recorded cases of mass student abductions over the past year. ‘year.

Recently, during the launch of the Children’s Manifesto, President Muhammadu Buhari admitted that persistent attacks on schools and kidnappings of students and teachers have left more than 12 million children currently traumatized and scared to return to school, especially girls.

President Muhammadu Buhari

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) also estimated that at least one million students had not returned to school by October 2021 due to insecurity.

However, the Commission for Universal Basic Education (UBEC), the commission overseeing basic education in Nigeria, received less than 10% of the total education budget in 2021.

Admission crisis

Due to the many months of lockdowns of public higher education institutions due to COVID-19 and the extended ASUU strike affecting universities in 2020, many admissions applicants have been left behind as they fail were unable to attend the establishment of their choice.

When institutions finally reopened in 2021, the academic calendar was already disrupted, resulting in a backlog of applicants awaiting admission when another new set joined them.

While some institutions like the University of Ibadan have decided to cancel a session, others like the University of Lagos and Obafemi Awolowo University have decided to merge admissions for 2020 and 2021 applicants.

Meanwhile, despite more than a million unsuccessful applicants, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), the body responsible for coordinating admissions to higher education institutions across the country, said Nigeria’s higher education institutions still had not used more than 400,000 admission places for the 2020/2021 Session.

Out of a total of 1,949,983 applicants who took the 2020 unified tertiary enrollment exam, higher education institutions were required to admit less than half of them based on an admission quota of 956 809 which had been assigned to them.

Of the 601,775 that were allocated to degree-granting institutions, 422,445 applicants were admitted, while 179,330 vacant positions were not used.

A total of 115,243 were awarded to National Diploma (ND) institutions, while 4,870 were awarded to National Innovative Diploma (NID) institutions.

Also, of the 235,240 places allocated to teaching colleges, only 47,920 were admitted. About 187,320 places to admit more applicants went unused, representing 79.6 percent.

For establishments issuing a national diploma (ND), 79,891 candidates were admitted out of the 115,243 allocations, leaving 35,352 places unoccupied.

Likewise, only 1,297 candidates were admitted out of the 4,870 allocations granted to institutions awarding innovative national diplomas (NID). A total of 3,573 spaces remained unused.

On budgetary allocations

In 2021, Nigeria’s education sector, despite multiple challenges, received the lowest allocation in a decade, measured as a percentage.

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The sector is already plagued by deplorable infrastructure, poorly trained and overworked teachers and alarming insecurity.

In early 2021, the National Personnel Audit (NPA) conducted on public and private basic education schools in the country by the Commission for Universal Basic Education (UBEC), found that Nigeria was lacking 277,537 teachers at the grassroots level, Dr Hamid Bobboyi, said the executive secretary of UBEC.

Dr Hamid Bobboyi

President Muhammadu Buhari’s allocation of N771.5 billion to education in the 2021 budget was a meager 5.6% of the total budget, below the 15-20% recommended by the United Nations for education, science and culture (UNESCO).

While the amount budgeted for the sector is steadily increasing, analysis shows that it is, in fact, on a depressing trajectory when measured as a percentage.

Education sector allowance (2016 - 2021)

An analysis of education budgets shows that the highest allocation since Mr. Buhari’s inauguration was 7.9% in 2016. It fell to 7.4% in 2017 and then again to 7%. , 04% in 2018 before increasing slightly to 7.05% in 2019, and falling to 6.7% in 2020.

The 2022 budget

Speaking at the World Education Summit in July 2021, Buhari pledged to increase funding for education from over 15% to 20% of total spending, as recommended by UNESCO.

At the summit, Buhari promised to increase funding for education by 20% in a few years and 50% by 2025.

A review of the 2022 education budget proposal shows that the president only increased the education budget by almost 14%.

While the budget has increased by 13.6% from the 2021 allocation, 7.9% of the total budget remains, below UNESCO recommendations.

The education budget has increased from 771.46 billion naira in 2021 to 876 billion naira in the proposed budget for 2022. (TTFund allocation is excluded). The TETFund is funded by a 2 percent school tax on the profits of all registered companies operating in Nigeria.

A breakdown of the proposed budget for 2022 shows that 875.93 billion naira has been budgeted for recurrent and capital expenditure of the Federal Ministry of Education and its agencies, and 139.2 billion naira for the Commission of Education. universal basic education (UBEC).

Proliferation of higher education institutions

The much doomed culture of the proliferation of higher education institutions and especially universities continued into 2021, with ASUU calling the move provocative and reckless.

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the establishment of 20 new private universities in the country in February 2021, which received provisional licenses from the National Universities Commission (NUC) on April 8, 2021, bringing the number of private universities in Nigeria to 99 and a total of 197 universities.

The government’s main argument in favor of proliferation is the urgent need to give admission applicants access, since nearly two million applicants sit on the UTME each year, but this

But stakeholders in the Nigerian education system have warned of the proliferation of universities in the country, insisting that existing institutions are neither sufficiently funded nor properly monitored to ensure compliance, with proper guidelines.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the committee of vice-chancellors and registrars of private universities in Nigeria, Timothy Olagbemiro, complained about the decrease in the number of students seeking admission to private universities due to poor economic conditions.

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Mr Olagbemiro, who is the vice-chancellor of Edwin Clarke University, Kiagbodo, in Delta state, said the country’s poor economic situation prevented many parents from sending their children to private universities, saying that this was a major problem for the institutions. .

Not all dark

But all was not gloomy during the year as some measures were taken by the government to restore the lost glory to the sector. These measures included the implementation of the retirement age of 65 for teachers, the release of funds for academic allowances earned by university workers and needs assessment funds, among others.

Although towards the end of 2021 the ASUU threatened to resume its suspended industrial action, the whole of 2021 was largely exempt from the usual strike.

Teachers’ day promises

At the same time, in a bid to maintain competent hands and reward dedication to work, the Nigerian government announced in October that Nigerian teachers in public schools will begin to benefit from a new salary structure and receive service. extended from 35 to 40 years.

In order to encourage more Nigerians to pursue a career in teaching, the government plans to provide an allowance of N 75,000 for each student in public universities studying educational programs per semester and N 50,000 for students from the universities. education colleges per semester.

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Health System News William Osler Health System Uses Technology to Improve Patient Experience https://the-education-store.com/health-system-news-william-osler-health-system-uses-technology-to-improve-patient-experience/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 15:25:39 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/health-system-news-william-osler-health-system-uses-technology-to-improve-patient-experience/ Have As one of the communities hardest hit by COVID-19 in the province, William Osler Health System (Osler) is making the most of its technological expertise to continue to provide safe and compassionate health care. An online emergency department (ER) pre-registration form, emergency room waiting clocks and a digital patient engagement platform all helped to […]]]>

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As one of the communities hardest hit by COVID-19 in the province, William Osler Health System (Osler) is making the most of its technological expertise to continue to provide safe and compassionate health care. An online emergency department (ER) pre-registration form, emergency room waiting clocks and a digital patient engagement platform all helped to further improve the patient experience during one of the most difficult times. of Osler’s story.

The ED online pre-registration form allows quick access to care

Osler’s new online pre-registration form means shorter wait times for patients to see a doctor by minimizing the time it takes to register for emergency care at Osler’s Brampton Civic Hospital and Etobicoke General Hospital. The pre-registration form option is available to all walk-in ER patients at the time of their visit via a QR code displayed in both ERs.

The online tool gives patients greater autonomy to fill in their confidential information electronically on their personal devices, thus eliminating the need to verbally share personal information in a public setting. Enrollment clerks are available to assist patients who require assistance with the online tool.

“Osler’s emergency services continue to be among the busiest in the province,” said Kiki Ferrari, Osler chief operating officer. “The implementation of the online pre-registration form has allowed us to streamline and improve the patient experience by improving the accuracy of patient information collected and the time spent seeing a doctor. its community when and where it is needed.

Emergency service wait clocks help inform decision-making

Available on its website and in each site’s emergency waiting rooms, Osler’s electronic emergency waiting clocks help patients plan ahead and make informed decisions about their care. Emergency wait clocks let patients know how many patients are being treated, how many are waiting to be treated, and what the expected wait time is in a 24-hour period in each emergency. Wait times reflect the 90th percentile, which means nine out of 10 patients are likely seen within that estimated time.

“One of the most common questions asked by patients in our emergency departments is, ‘How long will it take me to see a doctor? “And emergency waiting clocks are another way to help keep people informed during what can be a very stressful time,” said Dr Andrew Healey, chief of emergency medicine at Osler.

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Another technology having a positive impact on the patient experience is Osler’s digital patient engagement platform. Launched in partnership with SeamlessMD in August 2021, the platform helps improve the safety, quality and outcomes of healthcare for surgical patients. SeamlessMD guides patients before and after their surgeries with education, progress tracking and symptom monitoring accessible through their personal devices (i.e. smartphone, tablet or computer).

“SeamlessMD is one of Osler’s excellent technology partners, helping us deliver innovative patient care across all of our hospital sites,” said Dr. Rardi van Heest, Osler’s vice president of medical affairs. “Patients love their technology-driven experience, and SeamlessMD’s streamlined perioperative dashboards have improved daily operations in our pre-anesthesia clinics and surgeon’s offices. “

The platform offers personalized dashboards that allow Osler’s healthcare team to monitor the health of patients throughout their journey. SeamlessMD improves accessibility by supporting several languages ​​that are predominant in Osler’s various communities, including English, Punjabi, Urdu, Hindi, Portuguese, Italian, and French.

As of September 2021, more than 3,400 patients had already benefited from the digital experience, with 88% of patients recommending SeamlessMD to others to help them manage their health at home after their hospital procedure. One patient said: “I felt less alone after I left the hospital. Another patient said the digital experience was “quick and easy and felt like someone was watching me every day.”

Building on these successes, Osler continues to innovate and advance new technologies such as the online pre-registration form, emergency room waiting clocks and the digital patient engagement platform to further inspire the patient confidence, improve access to care and promote positive patient outcomes.

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Education ministry denounces fake news – fbc news https://the-education-store.com/education-ministry-denounces-fake-news-fbc-news/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 07:11:48 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/education-ministry-denounces-fake-news-fbc-news/ The Ministry of Education reiterates that schools will remain closed until permission is received from the National Disaster Management Office. It comes as there was a social media post about reopening schools for next Monday 1/17/22 after TC Cody. The Ministry of Education says this social media post is fake news. The article continues after […]]]>

The Ministry of Education reiterates that schools will remain closed until permission is received from the National Disaster Management Office.

It comes as there was a social media post about reopening schools for next Monday 1/17/22 after TC Cody.

The Ministry of Education says this social media post is fake news.

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He clarified that, as previously announced, schools will remain closed until permission is given until the weather has improved and schools are ready to open.

The ministry says it is disappointing to learn that people are circulating bogus school reopening dates that can be confusing, especially for families who have taken refuge in schools used as evacuation centers, as well as for other families who were affected by Tropical Cyclone Cody.

He urges Fijians to be vigilant about information they believe.

Fijians are advised that if they do not see it on the Ministry’s Facebook page or the Fijian Government’s Facebook page, please do not believe it.

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Authorities rushed to the field after landslides cut Kpg Sejijag off https://the-education-store.com/authorities-rushed-to-the-field-after-landslides-cut-kpg-sejijag-off/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 00:02:10 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/authorities-rushed-to-the-field-after-landslides-cut-kpg-sejijag-off/ Riot (second from left) and Dr Sinang (center) are joined by other department heads near the site of one of the landslides. – Photo via Facebook / Dato Sri Richard Riot Jaem TEBEDU (January 11): Yesterday morning, landslides at 10 locations along the 3.5 km access road to Kampung Sejijag cut the village off from […]]]>

Riot (second from left) and Dr Sinang (center) are joined by other department heads near the site of one of the landslides. – Photo via Facebook / Dato Sri Richard Riot Jaem

TEBEDU (January 11): Yesterday morning, landslides at 10 locations along the 3.5 km access road to Kampung Sejijag cut the village off from the main road.

This not only disrupted the villager’s daily routine, but also the first day back to school for the third term 2021/2022, as several teachers could not make it to Sekolah Kebangsaan Sejijag on time.

Serbian MP Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem, who rushed to the scene yesterday, said he had asked the relevant authorities to clear the road so that the village would be accessible again.

Tebedu assembly member Dr Simon Sinang Bada, Tebedu district officer Joseph Liaw, and officers from the Police, Public Works Department (JKR), Fire and Rescue Service Riot, the Civil Defense Force as well as the Serian Education Office joined in the site visit.

Riot said JKR takes care of the clearance work while police monitor the movement of people and traffic and provide security at the site.

“JKR is doing some clearing work while the police will monitor the rubble area to make sure residents are not in the rubble area.

“At 11:30 am, two locations were cleaned up. The 3.5 km long road is expected to be fully accessible by 3 p.m. today (January 10). I want to thank JKR and all the agencies involved.

“I advise people in villages here to be on extra alert during this monsoon season because landslides could recur,” Riot said.

According to him again, the heavy downpour since Sunday had also caused flash floods in low-lying areas of the region.






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2022 forecast: HospitalityMaine head of workforce predicts record year for COVID-beaten sector https://the-education-store.com/2022-forecast-hospitalitymaine-head-of-workforce-predicts-record-year-for-covid-beaten-sector/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 12:00:02 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/2022-forecast-hospitalitymaine-head-of-workforce-predicts-record-year-for-covid-beaten-sector/ Derek Fassett, HospitalityMaine’s education and workforce development director since September, predicts a record year for an industry hammered by COVID. PHOTO / Courtesy of HOSPITALITYMAINE Derek fassett, Maine’s director of workforce development “The hospitality industry is on track to achieve record levels of performance,” he said, noting that taxable retail sales of restaurants and accommodation […]]]>

Derek Fassett, HospitalityMaine’s education and workforce development director since September, predicts a record year for an industry hammered by COVID.

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Derek fassett, Maine’s director of workforce development

“The hospitality industry is on track to achieve record levels of performance,” he said, noting that taxable retail sales of restaurants and accommodation establishments in Maine in 2021 were better than expected and that “all signs point to a continued increase”.

While both sectors saw improvement from 2019, the last year before the pandemic, accommodation businesses saw their taxable retail sales increase by 27% while restaurants saw a smaller increase of 3%. , 5%, based on October data.

Nonetheless, Fasssett believes it will be difficult for companies to ramp up for 2022 given the tight labor market for all industries.

Building on HospitalityMaine’s five-year roadmap to tackle the industry’s workforce issues, Fassett says his priorities include partnering with agencies to try and attract more people from underutilized labor towards the hotel industry. The Augusta-based nonprofit already works with state agencies such as the Maine Department of Corrections, the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, and Maine Adult Education, for example.

Youth engagement is another goal for HospitalityMaine as it works with groups such as Jobs for Maine Graduates, Junior Achievement Maine and LearningWorks.

Fassett also aims to create what he calls “stackable recorded learnings,” which will involve working with the Maine Community College System on curriculum development and ensuring connections with public and private universities in Maine.

“The next steps will be to strengthen our partnerships so that the processes do not stagnate and become more widely known and accessible,” said Fassett.

A US Army veteran with a background in military recruiting, Fassett says he expects his experience working with veterans to serve him well in his new role “because it’s nearly impossible to be. an expert in all matters relating to the workforce “.

“There are just too many moving parts, unique business challenges, and diverse business structures to stay on top of everything,” he says. “Being able to keep going through tough times and building on the experience of the amazing HospitalityMaine team is sure to bring success. “

His outlook for the Maine economy: “Hope, Creative, Resilient, Persistent, and Ready. “

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Parents of Montgomery Co. Concerned About School System’s COVID Response https://the-education-store.com/parents-of-montgomery-co-concerned-about-school-systems-covid-response/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 01:58:47 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/parents-of-montgomery-co-concerned-about-school-systems-covid-response/ Parents of students at Montgomery County public schools on Sunday raised concerns about the system’s response to the increase in COVID-19 cases. Montgomery County Public Schools have rejected his formula for deciding when the school system will turn to virtual learning. On Sunday, some parents, students and teachers urged the school system not to bring […]]]>

Parents of students at Montgomery County public schools on Sunday raised concerns about the system’s response to the increase in COVID-19 cases.

Montgomery County Public Schools have rejected his formula for deciding when the school system will turn to virtual learning. On Sunday, some parents, students and teachers urged the school system not to bring students back to class yet.

In a virtual town hall, County Council member Tom Hucker heard from dozens of people who said the school system’s response to the increase in COVID-19 cases fueled by the Omicron variant was not gone quite far.

“I know dozens of families, including mine, who are frustrated that their lives are in danger,” said Elani, a freshman at Richard Montgomery High School, who called for virtual options for students.

Other students have called for classes not to return in person yet, citing the more than 10,000 reported cases of COVID-19 among students, teachers and school staff ahead of the first classes of 2022.

“Lunch is a COVID frenzy where everyone has to take off their masks,” said Zoe Cantor, who started a petition expressing concerns from some groups about a return to class.



The county’s acting superintendent of schools, Monifa McKnight, apologized to the school community on Sunday, saying the school system could have done a better job communicating the COVID issues and the system’s response to them.

“I apologize for the stress this has caused to our staff, students and community members,” McKnight said. “The health and well-being of our students and staff remains our top priority. “

She announced that MCPS will provide every student with KN-95 masks over the next two weeks, and rapid test kits will also be distributed to students and staff.

“We continue to believe that in-person learning is the best way to meet the educational, social and emotional needs of our students and we will continue to prioritize keeping our school buildings open,” McKnight said.

While decisions about whether to continue in-person classes or the virtual learning options available to students are up to the school system, many at City Hall called on the several lawmakers to listen to push the school system to rethink. his current plan.

The demand ranged from a return to system-wide virtual learning for several weeks to a mandate requiring students to test negative on a COVID-19 test before returning to class.

Several teachers also expressed concerns about staff shortages and told stories of students coming together to be supervised.

“The school created COVID breeding ground by placing all the students in the cafeteria,” said Megan Fitzharris, music teacher at Briggs Chaney Middle School.

There have also been calls for virtual options for students too worried to return to class while COVID cases are ongoing. A special education teacher and mother of a sixth-grader who only passed by Cheryl during the reunion, said many of her students were already being looked after at home by their parents.

“Students will lose ground without a virtual option… and teachers will not be able to catch up with students,” she said.

Relative Nicole Brown urged not to close all schools due to the increase in the number of cases, saying she believes “school closures” are the biggest risk students face today.

“I believe healthy children and staff should be in school,” Brown said.

During the town hall, the majority of parents who spoke asked for a break when the students returned to class. The mother of an eighth grader said that with so many sick people the school system had to go virtual for two weeks.

“Let everyone get better, then let everyone come back,” she said.

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Cuba pledges to support the education sector https://the-education-store.com/cuba-pledges-to-support-the-education-sector/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 02:26:17 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/cuba-pledges-to-support-the-education-sector/ Cuba is committed to increasing its support to Ghana’s education sector to help accelerate the country’s economic transformation agenda. Cuba’s Ambassador to Ghana, Ms Anette Chao Garcia, who announced it, said her office would soon engage the Ministry of Education to discuss different ways her country could help the sector grow. “The Cuban people are […]]]>

Cuba is committed to increasing its support to Ghana’s education sector to help accelerate the country’s economic transformation agenda.

Cuba’s Ambassador to Ghana, Ms Anette Chao Garcia, who announced it, said her office would soon engage the Ministry of Education to discuss different ways her country could help the sector grow.

“The Cuban people are very satisfied with the state of development in Ghana and so I am here to find ways to help maintain this noble achievement of the Ghanaian government,” she said.

The ambassador mentioned special education and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as intervention programs that could be beneficial for the country.

Ms Garcia, who was speaking on a courtesy visit to Education Minister Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum in Accra yesterday, added that her country will also provide more scholarships for Ghanaian students to study in Cuba.

The Ambassador congratulated Dr Adutwum for agreeing to “come home” to help develop education in the country, and pleaded with other Ghanaians abroad to emulate the Minister’s good example.

Development program

For his part, the minister said the government was on the verge of overthrowing the nation’s fortunes through education; hence the need to stimulate the formation of human capital necessary to advance the nation’s development program.

He said the government was on track to improve STEM teaching and learning at all educational levels, saying the nation cannot be left behind in a rapidly developing world.

He commended the Arab Development Bank for agreeing to build 15 STEM academies across the country to complement government efforts to promote STEM-related courses.

Dr Adutwum added that the government is working to create a level playing field for all students so that they can take courses that interest them so that they can effectively contribute to national growth.

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Ms. Garcia is Cuba’s first female ambassador to Ghana.

She presented her credentials to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on November 23, 2021.

His appeal to the minister was to introduce himself formally and also to discuss areas of mutual interest between the two countries, especially in the field of education.

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Teachers union calls on education ministry to close schools for 14 days – Demerara Waves Online News- Guyana https://the-education-store.com/teachers-union-calls-on-education-ministry-to-close-schools-for-14-days-demerara-waves-online-news-guyana/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 02:13:29 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/teachers-union-calls-on-education-ministry-to-close-schools-for-14-days-demerara-waves-online-news-guyana/ Last update on Saturday January 8, 2022, 10:13 PM by Denis Chabrol The Guyana Teachers Union formally asked the Education Ministry on Saturday to close schools for 14 days starting next week Monday due to the upsurge in COVID cases to allow for a careful assessment of the situation. In a separate letter to teachers, […]]]>

Last update on Saturday January 8, 2022, 10:13 PM by Denis Chabrol

The Guyana Teachers Union formally asked the Education Ministry on Saturday to close schools for 14 days starting next week Monday due to the upsurge in COVID cases to allow for a careful assessment of the situation.

In a separate letter to teachers, GTU chairman Mark Lyte told them that Monday had been designated a “day of isolation” in which no face-to-face or virtual teaching would take place.

“Teachers will virtually engage learners during these fourteen days as the Department of Education reassesses its face-to-face plan for learners during this pandemic,” the union told the director of the education, Dr. Marcel Hutson in a letter. The union said the shutdown period should be used to address ventilation, water and toilet issues.

A senior education ministry official told Demerara Waves Online News that independent monitoring of complaints and concerns will be carried out.

According to the union, teachers and students should not be in overcrowded schools in order to reduce the current spike in positive COVID cases in Guyana. If face-to-face classes are suspended, GTU said teachers would teach virtually.

The GTU chairman told the education director that so far more than 108 teachers and 51 students have tested positive for the virus, widely suspected of the highly contagious variant of Omicron. The union added that a total of 82 schools have reported positive cases of a teacher, learner or support staff.

Meanwhile, U.S.-based Guyanese doctor Rohan Somar said safe school environments are those where everyone should wear a mask, proper ventilation, adequate distance and good testing ability. He predicted that, based on the current situation, Guyana would soon be a “super hot infection state spreading rapidly in the population”. “You may not be able to physically go to school in person, so what to do if possible – distance learning,” he said during a social media program from The Alliance for the change (AFC). Dr Somar said schools could be disrupted for four to six weeks as teachers and students are infected.

Dr Somar praised the Guyanese government’s vaccination program and the overall response to the virus. “They are doing their best to vaccinate the population and encourage good management and good behavior with the population,” he said.

St Stanislaus College Parents’ Association president Vanessa Persaud said the facility had been closed for 14 days and the whole school would be disinfected. “Cases are increasing at school and parents are worried, students are alarmed and it is really no one’s fault,” she told a GTU meeting. She said after the 14-day shutdown, the school would be open for face-to-face lessons for Grades 10-13 only, while online learning would be offered for Grades 7 through 13. the 9th year until the number of cases has reduced.

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Government’s school education system needs an overhaul – Kashmir Reader https://the-education-store.com/governments-school-education-system-needs-an-overhaul-kashmir-reader/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 19:27:00 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/governments-school-education-system-needs-an-overhaul-kashmir-reader/ Education plays an important role in poverty reduction and improves the personal, social and economic well-being of individuals as well as of society. For the progress of any nation, education must not only be inclusive but also equitable, as it is the most important investment a nation can make in its future. We have private […]]]>

Education plays an important role in poverty reduction and improves the personal, social and economic well-being of individuals as well as of society. For the progress of any nation, education must not only be inclusive but also equitable, as it is the most important investment a nation can make in its future. We have private and public / government schools and the comparisons between them will last into eternity. But the progress of public schools in enrolling more students than private schools during the Covid-19 pandemic reflects an overall improvement.
This transfer of children from private schools to public schools may be a direct impact of the financial constraints caused by the pandemic. But we cannot rule out the changing face of public schools which are gradually moving closer to private schools. Let me clarify that private schools have been better in their approach to the overall development of a child and also have better infrastructure compared to public schools, where many educational development needs remain unmet. But due to stiff competition and some groundbreaking reforms coming up, we are seeing improvement in government schools. These schools are a hope especially for the underprivileged sections of society because they offer free education to children up to the age of 14, free uniforms and textbooks, and even midday meals. Many parents have had their own education in government schools. Even many successful people and officers also studied in government schools.
The current regime has been strong in terms of reforms and the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 marks a historic evolution of our education system. After this policy, public schools will no longer be able to charge fees up to grade 12. It will also offer early childhood education and care (ECCE) services that were not previously available in public schools and which was a big drawback compared to private schools. ECCE gives children a solid foundation on which all learning rests, making each step of education that follows more effective and productive. However, several issues still need to be resolved.
A teacher not only disseminates knowledge, but plays an active role in shaping the lives of students. Teachers are now trying harder and the need is to embrace and adapt to the constant changes in the education system. Teachers alone cannot change the school system, so government must also play its part. Nowadays, teachers motivate parents to enroll their wards in public schools, but ultimately it is the government that must provide access to better infrastructure. If the government reorganizes and allocates generous resources to improve the ailing infrastructure, and if teachers perform their duties with sincerity and dedication, the day is not far away when we will see splendid performances from the students of the schools. public.

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Himachal CM calls on authorities to improve testing and monitoring of clusters amid COVID outbreak https://the-education-store.com/himachal-cm-calls-on-authorities-to-improve-testing-and-monitoring-of-clusters-amid-covid-outbreak/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 15:58:00 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/himachal-cm-calls-on-authorities-to-improve-testing-and-monitoring-of-clusters-amid-covid-outbreak/ ANI | Update: 08 Jan 2022 21:28 STI Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) [India]Jan. 8 (ANI): Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Saturday urged authorities to improve COVID-19 testing, effective monitoring of clusters for increasing COVID cases -19 in the state.The chief minister was chairing a videoconference meeting with deputy commissioners, police superintendents and chief […]]]>



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Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) [India]Jan. 8 (ANI): Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Saturday urged authorities to improve COVID-19 testing, effective monitoring of clusters for increasing COVID cases -19 in the state.
The chief minister was chairing a videoconference meeting with deputy commissioners, police superintendents and chief medical officers of Shimla to review the state of the state’s COVID-19 pandemic.
Thakur said that as the number of COVID-19 cases is increasing at a rapid rate, the state government is making sure that people are engaging in covid-appropriate behavior.
The chief minister said preparedness regarding the availability of beds, oxygen PPE kits and medication should be reviewed and any restrictions imposed by the state government should be strictly enforced.
Thakur said: “Medical experts expect the number of cases to rise sharply in the coming days and weeks, so special precautions should be taken. The home isolation mechanism needs to be made more effective and revised home isolation guidelines need to be implemented. “
He added that pulse oximeters and thermometers should be provided to ASHA workers and other health workers so that patients in home isolation are monitored regularly.
Thakur said that in case of complications, patients should be immediately transferred to health facilities. “An efficient patient transport mechanism must be developed so that patients do not suffer any inconvenience,” he added.

He also ordered officers to ensure adequate availability of oxygen cylinders and other necessary equipment so that in an emergency panic could be avoided.
Thakur also felt the need for accelerated vaccination of children in the 15-18 age group and precautionary doses for health workers.
The chief minister ordered the district administration to keep an eye out for tourists not following appropriate COVID behavior and to take action against violators. He also urged tourists to strictly follow SOPs issued from time to time by the state government.
It was decided at the meeting that all educational institutions, except the state medical, dental and nursing schools, would remain closed until January 26, to ensure the safety of children. students.
Chief Secretary Ram Subhag Singh said constant engagement with stakeholders is essential to follow various operating procedures in the state. He added that more emphasis should be placed on finding and tracking covid patients.
Secretary Bharat Khera greeted the Chief Minister and led the discussion of the meeting. He also gave a presentation on preparing for the anticipated third wave of COVID-19.
The deputy commissioners also reported on the measures taken by them to ensure the adoption of appropriate behavior to COVID by tourists and the general public in their respective districts. They also highlighted the measures taken in preparation for the third wave.
Principal Revenue Secretary Onkar Chand Sharma, Special Secretary Sudesh Mokta, Director of National Health Mission Hemraj Bairwa, Director of Higher Education Dr Amarjeet Sharma and Dr Rajneesh Pathania were present in Shimla with the Chief Minister , while DCs, SPs and CMOs attended the meeting virtually from their respective neighborhoods. (ANI)

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