As part of government’s efforts to improve service delivery in the teaching profession, the Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Education Monitoring, Akparawa Udeme Udofia has harped on the need for teachers and school administrators to ensure that they have the critical tools for learning and administration in their offices.
The SA who said this when he embarked on a monitoring exercise to some schools in Ibesikpo Asutan and Nsit Ubium local government areas, identified such critical tools as notes of lessons, diaries of activities, and students’ registers.
Udofia had during the visit, advocated the need for teachers to have complete lesson notes made ready before the commencement of teaching for the day, explaining that such a tool is critical to learning, and teachers cannot do without it. He added that any person who has found him/herself in the teaching profession should adjust and follow the rules and the ethics of the profession or disengage to give the opportunity to the thousands who are eagerly waiting to be given the chance to diligently deliver services and promote the profession creditably
The SA, a seasoned teacher and astute administrator, frowned at the attitude of some teachers who hand over notes to students to copy on the board for other students, which most times are copied out of content with wrong spellings. He advised teachers to work on their handwriting and ensure their spellings are correct as students are likely to copy same into their notes and reproduce same during examinations both internal and external.
Akparawa Udofia, called on all school heads as arrowheads of school administrations and departmental heads to make frantic efforts of going through teachers’ lesson notes thoroughly, do the necessary corrections and append their signatures to authenticate they have been properly checked.
In some schools visited, the team noticed there were no permanent clear cut time tables, to give students and teachers a sense of direction, this was not commendable at all and all class teachers were thereby urged to sit up and face their duties diligently or be sanctioned.
Udofia admonished Principals and Heads of Schools generally to be alive to their responsibilities in order to raise a generation of diligent, upright and brilliant students who would take the state to greater height. He appealed that all hands must be on deck for the development of education sector in the state.
The team members including Hon. Dr. Sarah Esit Ikot, Mr Emmanuel Ebong a director in the state in state secondary education board and others, passionately appealed to parents/guardians specifically to join hands with the school management to ensure the students come out to school on time and also provide them with adequate tools for learning.
During a brief session with some teachers and vice principals, the team further emphasised the need to chat a drive for capable and diligent Principals of schools in the near future. The SA said this can only be possible if the Vice Principals can earnestly rally round their Principals, emulate their forthrightness in service delivery and at the same time fashion alternative measures to eliminate the plagues that tend to demean not just the profession but the entire education system in the state.
He further advocated for a reciprocation of Gov. Emmanuel’s passion of placing the state educationally on an advantage level among the community of States.
Schools visited were: St. Peter’s Lutheran School, Mbiet Ebe Akpawat, Secondary Commercial School, Iwawa Usung Eket, Community Secondary School, Ndopoise Ubium, Nsit Ubium and Community Secondary Grammar School, Ikot Essien, Ibesikpo Asutan.