Catholic mission set to float agro-based schools in Calabar

By Samuel Ita, Calabar 

The Catholic Mission through its Archdiocese of Calabar in Cross River State, has stated it would set up vocational schools that are agro-based in area of jurisdiction. 

This forms part of the resolution reached at the maiden Archdiocesan Education Summit which held in Calabar, the state capital on Tuesday. 

Archbishop of Calabar, Most Rev Dr Joseph Ekuwem, said educational policy should clearly articulate social, political religions and cultural ideologies that will stimulate the Nigerian child during the learning process and prepares the child adequately to step into the society to function these capacities. 

Ekuwem said there was need for the Catholic Education Board, the highest policy making body in education matters in the Calabar Archdiocese, to take active interest in educational matters in the state and country. 

He said programmes should take cognizance of the environmental endowments and natural resources such that children from that community shall appreciate and participate in. 

The Archbishop also stressed the need for the board to form a lobby group to interact with lawmakers to push their positions on education matters. 

He also called for parents to provide quality home environment towards functional learning, prepare children for formal education and show concern for their children’s progress in school. 

He said parents owe children and the entire society the obligation of disciplining children to give them the right values. 

A communiqué at the end of the summit read in part, “Supervision has to be frequent in Catholic schools for effective teaching and learning performance. School management should evaluate the inspection processes with their staff. Schools should establish internal supervision units to prepare for staff external inspection. 

“The Catholic Schools Board Archdiocese of Calabar should adequately train the teachers in order to broaden their knowledge on the curriculum development and the content. Teachers should endeavor to assess and prepare themselves effectively before presenting their lesson in the class. The Catholic Schools Board should ensure that playgrounds with aesthetics are provided in all the Catholic Schools. 

It is the right of the child to be trained, educated and taught religion for sound moral upbringing. A child that is properly taught and evaluated by the teacher does not really need to be involved in examination malpractice.

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