The Ministry, within the period under review has embarked upon massive upgrading of infrastructure in major public primary and post primary schools through the following measures:
• Upgrading of St. Patrick’s College and on-going upgrade of other 11 selected public secondary schools to world class standards.
• Construction of 137 new classroom blocks, awarded in 2011 while 67 classroom blocks were given out for rehabilitation/renovation in the same year.
• Construction of 6 classroom blocks each in 33 schools using the Eternity modular panel
• Renovation of classroom blocks in 11 schools in selected riverine communities affected by the Niger-Delta crises.
• Supply of 8302 students’ furniture and 1066 teachers’ tables to various schools across the State in 2011.
• Provision of 4,000 desks for students and pupils at a cost of N80 million and 1,064 teachers tables /chairs at a cost of N44 million for riverine schools.
• Distribution of learning materials, including technical equipment, computers, instructional materials and physical & health education equipment
• Purchase of vehicles for inspection duties for the Headquarters and some of the field offices of the Ministry
• Construction of examination halls and perimeter fencing in some secondary schools
• Construction of students’ toilets and boreholes in various schools across the State.
• Construction of teachers/staff quarters in some selected riverine and upland schools in the State.
• Printing and supply of 12,000 copies of customized school attendance registers and diaries as well as 5,000 copies of policy guidelines
• Procurement and supply of Science Laboratory Equipment and Reagents for schools across the State.
The state has six (6) Technical Colleges which provide technical and vocational/skill based education in a range of courses approved and accredited by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE). These courses include:
• Welding & Fabrication
• Motor vehicle mechanic
• Catering and Hotel Management
• Plumbing and Automobile Craft Practice
• Pipe fitting
• Block Laying and concreting and Business Studies
To enhance Adult Education in the State, the Government has established over fifteen adult Secondary schools. At Present, there are 521 of the learners preparing for Junior and senior secondary schools examinations.
In addition, the government has established Market Literacy Centres at the newly built modern markets located at Ekwuoma; Abavo and Mosogar. Towards ensuring effective learning, instructional materials have been distributed to the various centres. In collaboration with UNESCO, the State has also commenced adult education learning through Literacy by Radio programme in the State.
At present, there are over 1375 Facilitators involved in the Adult education programme, made up of 755 males and 620 females. The Facilitators are paid by the various Local Government Area Councils in the State. In addition, there are about 11,713 learners’ population is made up of 3,246 males and 8,467 females.
This is the education of the challenged learners in a normal classroom environment alongside the normal children, instead of isolating them in their own special schools.
Three of such centres have been established at Anglican Girls’ Grammar School, Asaba and Unity School, Agbarho for the blind, while Dom Domingos College, Warri is for the deaf. Consequently, the Ministry has procured and distributed special education instructional materials to the challenged students/pupils in special schools.
The Special Education Unit of the Ministry also distributed learning materials to Deltans in institutions of higher learning.
GUIDANCE COUNSELING, HIV/GENDER EDUCATION
Efforts in this dimension include:
• Distribution of family life and HIV/AIDS Education (FLHE) and Gender Education Schemes of Work in Social Studies and Integrated Science to 175 Secondary Schools in the State in collaboration with the Girls Power Initiative (GPI);
• Printing and distribution of 500 copies of FHLE Schemes of work in English Language and Biology for Senior Secondary Schools;
• Training of adolescent peer educators as well as monitoring visits to Project schools under the UNFPA assisted programme;
• Distribution of 750 copies each of the Lower and Upper Teacher-Friendly Primary Curriculum and 480 copies of Igbo version of the curriculum to Primary Schools across the State.
Subject Specialists drawn from the school system, have been engaged in inspection of actual teaching and learning process in various schools. This includes:
• Visits to all Private Schools to assess their teaching /learning conditions to engender standards;
• The Ministry inspected and re-opened 28 schools that were closed down by the Military in both rural and riverine areas to bring educational opportunities to the grassroots;
• Increased visits to Schools to check late-coming absenteeism, truancy, cultism and other forms of indiscipline;
• Re-positioning of the offices of Chief Inspectors of Education for a more efficient service delivery/quality assurance through training and re-training as well as provision of working materials.
FRENCH LANGUAGE CENTRE
In line with ECOWAS protocol regarding Anglophone Countries declaring French Language as a second official language, the Ministry through the French Language Centre has achieved the following:
• Trained 7 French Inspectors and teachers within and outside the Country to facilitate inspection/teaching of French language in Schools;
• Organizes an annual French drama and quiz Competitions for Primary and Secondary Schools in the State’
• Established 24 Pilot Schools across the State 18 of which now offer French Language at the Senior School Certificate level;
• Distributed audio -visual/pedagogical materials to Pilot Schools.
EDUCATION TRUST FUND (ETF)
In 2007, the Ministry received the sum of N29.6 million from ETF as intervention, which was used for the construction of 3 blocks of three classrooms each in three selected secondary schools across the 3 senatorial districts.
In addition, 15 teachers tables/chairs as well as 150 students library books were procured and distributed to selected public post primary schools.
In 2010, ETF also earmarked fund for the provision of infrastructures for senior secondary schools in the State.
Some of the more recent activities of the Ministry include:
• Establishment of Atuwase II model Primary school Warri
• Commissioning of new Buildings in Asagba Secondary School
• Rehabilitation of new Buildings in Nana College Warri
• Commissioning of new Buildings in Igbudu Model Primary School
• Commissioning of new Buildings in Eyabugbe Primary School Ugborikoko
• Commissioning of new Buildings in GRA Model Primary School
• Commissioning of new Buildings in St. Patrick College
• Rehabilitation of Anglican Girls Grammar School, Ozoro
• Rehabilitation of Otovwodo Primary School I & II, Ughelli
• Rehabilitation of Ohakisi Model Grammar School Ughelli
• Rehabilitation of St. Theresa Grammar School