… Says Gov. Emmanuel place a high premium on Education
The Special Assistant to the Governor on Education Monitoring, Akparawa Udeme Udofia has warned teacher’s in the state against staying back from school, saying they would be penalized if found wanting.
Akparawa Udofia gave the warning January 10th, 2023, during his routine school monitoring in the state. He said the warning became necessary given the high premium Governor Udom Emmanuel places on the Education of the children in the public and private schools across the state.
According to him, the Christmas vacation embarked by the pupils and students was over, thence he decried the attitude of some teachers who would not report for duties, or report but refuse to engage the students productively and urges them to return to classrooms to be able to cover the scheme for the term because the second term is 12 weeks only.
Udofia also reminded parents and guardians of the fact that the education of their children remains the surest path to their future development and as such must be given all the seriousness it deserves.
He explained that the new retirement age for teachers and the release of payment for the 2019 leave grant to teachers under government employ is a big motivation to all teachers to sit up and deliver quality education to the children of Akwa Ibom State.
Akparawa Udofia commended the Heads of Schools who adhered to the directives of the Akwa Ibom State Government through the Ministry of Education to hold pre-resumption meetings ahead of resumption and commence teaching on the first day of resumption. He also thanked parents and guardians who did release their children/wards to resume school by the guidelines by the State Government but, however ,called on parents who are still holding back their wards from resuming school to release them as lessons had already begun.
Speaking, the Honourable Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Idongesit Etiebet, expressed satisfaction over the good turnout of students to schools in some schools and the dedication of teachers in delivering lessons to students. She sued for a continued commitment from teachers to enable students achieve good academic performance at the end of the term.
She advised students to shun examination malpractices and other vices capable of marring their focus and attention on their studies adding that they are expected to do well in character and learning.
Schools visited were, Lutheran Primary School, Ikot Oduot, Ibesikpo Austan, St. Lawrence Catholic School, Ikot Ambon, Ibesikpo Austan, Airforce Comprehensive School, Ibesikpo, Uyo. Secondary Commercial School, Nung Udoe, Ibesikpo Asutan,
In the same spirit, the SA today , 11th January 2023,monitored resumption activities at Comprehensive secondary school , Mbiabet Ikpe, and PCN school still at Mbiabet ikpe in Ini local government area.
Akparawa Udofia addressed the teachers on the need to improve on their dress code as role models to the students, focus on upgrading their professional ethics as would impact the educational productivity of the desiring students.
He also encouraged them to make good use of place of placement and shun truancy.