Development Research and Projects Centre (dRPC) has awarded a grant of N385,000 to the Government Technical College, Abak, Akwa Ibom State, south-south Nigeria.

Development Diaries understands that dRPC awarded the grant to the school in partnership with the Open Society Foundation.

It was gathered that the grant was aimed at supporting technical schools across Nigeria to prepare final-year students for the National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) examinations.

Chairman of Akwamfon Sustainable Community Association, Idem Udoekong, who represented the Coordinator of dRPC, Dr Judith-Ann Walker, said that the grant was part of dRPC’s efforts to complement and support the initiatives of the state government in technical education.

He maintained that the grant would enable schools to procure textbooks, Covid-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) for students, convene preparatory lessons, and other items required for their examination.

Udoekong expressed hope that the grant would help improve students’ performance in the 2020 NABTEB examinations despite the challenges tied to the Covid-19 pandemic.

‘The Future Workers Programme is an education sector response by civil society organisations to support technical schools across Nigeria to prepare exit students for NABTEB examinations’, he said.

‘The programme, funded by Open Society Foundations, aims to provide direct school support to enable schools to procure Covid-19 PPE for students, convene extra lessons, purchase textbooks and past question papers, and materials required for exams

‘The programme was launched on 8 September, 2020, through advertisements in the national dailies and on NTA 9 pm News. Since that time, over 100 schools have applied from 20 states of the Federation’.

He also explained that out of the 32 schools that were selected across the country to receive grant, only Government Technical College, Abak, applied from the oil-rich state.

On his part, the Principal of the College, Friday Udoka, pledged to judiciously put the grant to good use for the benefit of the students.

‘I want to assure you that the grant award given to this school shall be judiciously managed for the benefit of students writing the NABTEB examinations and to facilitate efficient teaching and learning in the schools’, he said.

The NABTEB examinations have been scheduled to end on 15 October, 2020.

Source: Blueprint

Photo source: GTC Abak

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