The Akwa Ibom State Governor Mr Udom Emmanuel has said that he will do his best in repositioning educational sector in the state to engender development. Mr Emmanuel handed this down through the Commissioner for Education Mrs Idongesit Etiebiet on Monday when she visited schools as students resumes for new academic year.
Mrs. Etiebiet disclosed that her visit was to informed schools of government readiness to place education on the top line and limelight as well as direct, guide and advise schools on the way to go for the new academic session. She urged students and teachers in private and public schools in Akwa Ibom to place top priority on learning as they return to classes, in line with the governor’s desire to put education on the front burner where students can compete with their contemporaries elsewhere.
Mrs. Etiebiet stated that her routine inspection of some schools in the state on resumption day was to ascertain level of preparedness and compliance with COVID-19 stipulated guidelines by students and teachers.
She maintained that all schools in the state have been advised to ensure full compliance with the NCDC guidelines for the containment of COVID-19, stressing that doing otherwise will be counter productive.
The Commissioner who emphasized government commitments in giving students the best education money could buy promised to do her best towards actualizing government dream in education into concrete reality. While addressing teachers in Uyo ,the commissioner reiterated the commitment of Gov. Udom’s administration to make Akwa Ibom state to rank one of the best educationally by West African Examination Council’s rating (WACE), she affirms it’s possible, given the fact that Akwa Ibom state have the best set of qualified teachers in Nigeria comparatively and therefore enjoins all teachers, education managers, parents and the students themselves to show more commitment and dedication.
Mrs Etiebiet while accessing compliances of schools to government directives on resumption was impressed but called on the erring school proprietors who refused the directives to resume schools immediately as they can not be operating on their own in the state or expect the long arm of the law from the education stakeholders.
Also speaking, the Special Assistant to the governor on Education Monitoring, Akparawa Udeme Udofia reassured stakeholders that government will leave no stone unturned in its quest to provide the needed ambience and tools for enhanced studies and learning. Mr. Udeme informed that the school monitoring was a step in the rights direction,uses the occasion to described Governor Emmanuel as a man passionate about educational advancement.
Accompanying the Commissioner were the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs. Helen Ante and Mrs Sarah Esitikot, Special Assistance to the Gov on education monitoring and directors from the ministry of Education.
Schools visited were Aka Community Secondary School, Full Life International Schools, Rayfield International Schools, Christian Secondary Commercial School, and Uyo High School, all in Uyo amongst others.