The Executive Chairman, Plateau State Universal Basic Education Board (PSUBEB), Mr Matthew Nshim Sule called on teachers to use their schools as an avenue for peace building and teaching of morals.
The chairman made this remark at the PSUBEB board room when he received the 2017 winners of the national public school Qur’anic recitation competition organized by the sister’s forum of the Muslim brotherhood of Nigeria in Lokoja, Kogi state.
The Qur’anic recitation organize annually for the past 25 years had in attendance five public primary schools from plateau state taken part in the contest for the first time this year with all 5 among the top ten positions, 3 out of the 5 schools from plateau state emerge as 1st, 2nd and 3rdpositions respectively.
Prof Sule while congratulating the pupils, commended the parents and teachers for supporting the educational development of the children, calling on other parents to emulates them saying poverty should not be tolerated as a hindrance to good performance.
“religion should be an instrument for unity and development, we don’t want these children to be distracted, this is very important,” he said.
Responding, a representative of the parents thanked the board for providing the necessary support for their wards saying the trip was not only educational but enriching as it gave them the lifetime opportunity of seeing the first primary school build in northern Nigeria by Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther in 1865 through an excursion organized by their host.
Hajia Zainab Zakari, a desk officer with PSUBEB who accompanied the children on the trip, acknowledge the chairman for his support saying his effort paid off as the pupils not only brought trophies but also got recommendation for being so dedicated and disciplined.
Highlights of the occasion was the presentation of the trophies to the Chairman by the victorious school children.
The schools which participated in the competition include; township Primary School, Gangare LEA, Islamiyya Primary School, Sunnah nursery & primary school Bukuru and Sunnah Nursery & Primary School Agwan Rimi.
In a another development, the executive chairman Plateau SUBEB, has been awarded with the icon of educational development recognition, by the National Association of Polytechnic Students.
Presenting the Award during a brief ceremony at the board’s headquarters, the representative of the national President of the student’s union Mr. Paul Tenty described Prof. Sule as a man of integrity, a goal getter with unprecedented leadership quality which is exemplified in his modest achievement at the board.
In accepting the Award, the executive chairman said he was humbled by this recognition and promise to continue to give his best for the educational development of the Plateau child. Thereafter dedicated the award to the children of Plateau state.