Posted on Fri 9 Aug 2019, 12:57 PM

The Anambra State Government has provided financial support worth about N714 million to Catholic and Anglican missions, to develop their schools in the state.

Governor Willie Obiano while handing  over the cheques  at the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Onitsha, and St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Nnewi  explained that the funds were to be used for the reconstruction and upgrade of the mission schools.

He went further to reveal that a total of 733 mission schools spread across the state would benefit, saying that out of the figure, Catholic missions had 433 institutions, while the Anglicans had 300 schools.
According to the governor, this has  become imperative because of the successes recorded through the partnership with the missions in the area of education.

He also announced that the state has concluded plans to  engage 500 new science teachers to improve the standard of this subjects in the state public schools.

The governor commended mission schools and their teachers for their efforts at promoting education of pupils and students, while urging them to step up campaigns against drug abuse and cultism.

In her response, Prof. Kate Omenugha, State Commissioner for Basic Education, said that the huge investments made by the government on technical education had attracted more students public schools.

Also speaking, the Catholic Archbishop of Onitsha, Most Rev. Valerian Okeke, described education as a basic tool for shaping humanity and building better future for children.

Archbishop, Province of the Niger and Anglican Bishop of Nnewi, Most Rev. Godwin Okpala noted that assistance offered by government would help to reposition the schools by combating infrastructure decay.


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