The Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Education Monitoring, Akparawa Udeme Udofia has assured of the government’s continuous capacity building for public school teachers in Akwa Ibom State.
Akparawa Udofia gave the assurance while presenting a goodwill message at the opening of the 3 Days teachers training program organised by the State Ministry of Education in Uyo. The theme of the programme is “Succeeding As A 21st Century Teacher”.
The SA called on the participants to be open-minded in learning new skills and acquiring more knowledge that will improve the quality of education delivery in the state.
According to him, effective communication, creativity, and proper managerial skills are keys to a successful 21st-century teacher.
The Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Idongesit Etiebet while declaring the program open, stated that the expectation of the Government for the training is for teachers to acquire knowledge and skills to be professionals and effective in imparting knowledge in addition to the proper molding of the children in public schools.
She expressed appreciation to Governor Udom Emmanuel for approving the training program which she said is a reaffirmation of the high premium he places on Education in the State, noting that positive results have been recorded through excellent performances in various examinations and academic competitions by a good number of the students who have received scholarships up to University level from the State Government.
While reminding all that education is still free and compulsory up to secondary school level in the State, the Education boss reiterated that Governor Udom Emmanuel has not defaulted in paying over 1 Billion Naira annually for internal and exiting students for WASSCE and NABTEB. This she said is because the Governor does not want any Akwa Ibom child to be left behind educationally.
Other achievements of the Governor she spoke of included infrastructural revolution where classroom blocks, perimeter fencing, ICT-based libraries, and laboratories have been constructed, reconstructed, and equipped for an effective and conducive learning environment. Prompt payment of salaries to teachers and lecturers, payment of counterpart funding, highly subsidized tertiary education in State-owned higher institutions, acquisition of equipment and qualified personnel for accreditation of courses in various state-owned institutions, and the recently approved scholarships to 500 indigent intelligent undergraduates of Tertiary Institutions including the physically challenged.
She charged all participants to take the training seriously and pay attention to assimilating the knowledge expected to transfer same to the students.
While setting the tone, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Lady Rose Bassey stated that teachers hold the key to the future and must keep upgrading their skills to meet up with global best practices. Lady Bassey advised teachers not to underrate their importance adding that their profession births leaders of tomorrow who will impact the next generation and society at large.
In their various goodwill messages, Chairman, State Secondary Education Board, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Ekaette Okon, Chairman, State Technical Schools Board, Hon. Godwin Udom, Special Assistant to the Governor on Education Monitoring, Akparawa Udeme Udofia, and President ANCOPPSS, Mr. Steve Akpabio expressed delight in the training emphasizing that the exercise will fill up the lacuna that exists between the old generation’s way of teaching and the 21st Century teaching strategies.