The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), in collaboration with the Korea Government has conducted the last in the series of trainings scheduled for 150 selected teachers and administrators who would man a multi-billion naira educational facility.
The facility known as KOICA Model School, which comprises of a junior secondary and primary school was built by the Republic of Korea and donated to the FCTA.
Delivering a lecture on the theme: “development and operations of the KOICA model school”, at the school premises in Abuja last week, Education Secretary, Sen. Isah Maina tasked the ‘elite teachers’ and administrators to justify the confidence reposed in them, by choosing them out of the many for this project.
The Secretary who was represented by the FCTA Director, Policy, Research and Statistics, Mrs. Theresa Mbonu stated that the objective of the school was to provide a symbol of national unity, increase accessibility of good student and also provide a leading model for public schools in the country.
On who qualifies to be admitted into the school, Maina said it was an opportunity for the poor who are naturally endowed to have access to education, adding that the training was meant to bring about interaction with administrators and teachers on good practices.
The training provided the opportunity to intimate the administrators and teachers of the FCTA’s plan for the management and operators, as well as get suggestions on issues of concern, among others.
Also, it provided focus points for the operation of the school, including staying within the confirms of national policy on education, Universal Basic Education Act, FCT strategic operational education sector plan and design of school operations manual.
Other areas the school was asked to focus on include use of effective school bus system, teacher professional development and motivation as well as a good community relations.
On her part, Director, Administration and Finance, Education Secretariat, Mrs. Eunice Nneka Ugochukwu assured the teachers that the FCTA was behind them.
He adds: “We will not let you down. You too must not let us down. We will maintain the school, in line with the global standard.”
Furthermore, FCT Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB) Director, Dr. Adamu Noma reminded the teachers and administrators of daunting challenges they would face, which was why special training was given them.
Noma, however warned: “whatever that will be done in the school must be within the ambiance of UBEB, which is free and excellent.”
On the quality of the institution, Director of Quality Assurance, Mr. Ayuba Dedan noted that the quality selected for the school was high.
Dedan, adds that “we will use the standard of education in our schools here.
“We hope not to find any teacher wanting. We will ensure the purpose of this school is achieved.
“We want you to maintain this standard, no defacing of structure, because it is a place for change; we will do everything within our purview to the goal of this school.”