In continuation with the fight against COVID-19 pandemic, the SA to Governor Udom Emmanuel on education monitoring, Akparawa Udeme Udofia has again demonstrated his Excellency’s commitment towards tackling the scourge of the novel corona virus that has caused a standstill in the global economy, making people struggle for survival.
Addressing the students at Abiaokpo Commercial Secondary School, Ikot Ukana in Obot Akara, local government area before the commencement of their Junior School Certificate Examination, the SA urged them to stay alive to the reality of the disease and adhere strictly to outlined measures and recommendations put forward by health professionals.
Responding, the principal of the school, Reverend Emmanuel Ukpong promised to further sensitize the teachers and students on the dangers of contacting the dreaded Corona virus and appeal for government’s intervention towards the provision of more classroom blocks to the school as the population of the school keeps increasing.
Taking a tour around schools in Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District, Udofia maintained that COVID-19 pandemic met the world unprepared, however, in Akwa Ibom State, Governor Udom Emmanuel has done extremely well in responding swiftly by building a certified center for testing and treatment.
Akparawa Udofia therefore, urged school principals to ensure that all guidelines are strictly observed.
During the exercise, the SA noticed that some schools had no infra-red thermometer to check and ascertain the status of people going into the school compound and most had no source of water to enable hand washing. He expressed displeasure over this negligence which he said could hinder government’s efforts towards curbing the spread of the dreaded virus.
He pleaded with the teachers to support their Principals by putting in their best to make sure the students are well groomed to facface the task ahead of them as such was enormous and needs tremendous effort and commitment to achieve.
The SA frowned at the attitude of some teachers who aid students to cheat during examination and enlightened the students on the dangers of examination mal- practices, saying it reduces the relevance and productive in future.
Other schools visited during the tour were Commercial Secondary School, Nto Edino, Obot Akara, Community Secondary Commercial School, Ikot Inyang, Ikot Ekpene, Saints Comprehensive Secondary School, Ikot Oku Mfang, Ikot Ekpene and Comprehensive Secondary School, Ediene Abak.
Speaking in one of the schools visited the SA promised them of governor Emmanuel’s readiness to support and encourage the students to compete with their contemporaries across the country.