The Special Assistant to Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, on Education monitoring, Akparawa Udeme Udofia, himself a professional teacher has called on teachers in the state government employ to jettison negative attitudes that are capable of tarnishing the image of the teaching profession and making teachers be seen as second class citizens.
The Governor’s aide, who expressed this displeasure during a routine school monitoring around schools in the Etinan Local Government Area, frowned at the inability of public school teachers to keep to the ethics of the profession thereby putting the students and pupils at a disadvantaged position.
The SA having seen the ‘sorry state’ of the students, especially those in the Examination classes, advised them to be more studious, revise extensively to pass their exams creditably. He also implored them to make good use of the extension period to cover the syllabus and scheme of work before their final examination commences.
Udofia also pleaded with the students, who have no school locker and writing desk to appeal to their parents and guardians to urgently provide them with one as their comfort will guarantee their independent, apt attention in class and their writing capabilities.
He took turn to address the teachers who were present in school, commending them for living up to the responsibilities and assigned duties. He pointed out that passion, thorough dedication for the profession will ginger the younger generation into the profession with great enthusiasm and also advised them to avoid anything that will endanger their credibility in the profession.
Hear him, “education is about teaching and learning which is in itself the sure foundation of any well meaning society. Teaching has to do with good conscience without which you can not impact effectively to bring the students and puplis up as responsible citizens. Today, we are talking about lack of peace, insecurity, kidnapping, banditry and all sorts, looking at the challenge and the way forward, the solution starts from here, please let us be more focused on our responsibilities.”
Udofia further wondered why teachers in the private schools with less take home package, are serious and more committed than teachers in the public schools who are well paid.
On his part, Mr. Clement Efiok Nkanta, the principal of Community Comphrensive secondary school, Edem Idim, Etinan in his response commended the SA for doing a good job by interacting regularly with teachers across the state, assuring that his teachers will live up to expectation.
At Saints Theresa Secondary School, Edem Ekpat, Etinan, while addressing the teachers, Udofia bemoaned at the practice of conniving with the students to lie that teachers were in the class whereas they were not, as this will have a negative consequence in the life of the students. Reacting, the principal of the school Mrs Ema sincerely appreciated the SA, who she described as a very hard working teacher, saying his visit to the school, which is the first since she resumed as the principal will send a positive signal and prompt her teachers to sit up.
The team also visited John kirk Memorial Primary school, Ikot Ekang, Etinan. Venue for the Biometrics Verification for teachers under Etinan LEA.