Teachers under the Akwa Ibom State employ have commended Governor Udom Emmanuel’s investment drive in the educational sector. They expressed their satisfaction, especially, with the revamp in some schools, which they said has made learning more comfortable.
Mr. Iniobong Udofia of Government School, Ikot Efum, Ibiono Ibom, who spoke on behalf of the teachers stated that the speed of development in some schools especially the construction of perimeter fencing and provision of boreholes in nearly all the public schools in the state has endeared governor Emmanuel to them.
Mr. Udofia spotted that the administration’s interest and interventions in the education sector are responsible for the growing population of students in various public schools across the state.
While addressing teachers and students of St. Peter’s School, Ibiono 1, Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area, the SA to the Governor on School Monitoring, Akparawa Udeme Udofia maintained that as an educated and well-trained administrator, Governor Udom Emmanuel understands the importance of education, hence his numerous intervention programs.
Akparawa Udofia, who was on intensive monitoring of academic activities in the schools visited identified notes of lessons, diaries, and students’ registers as critical tools for learning and administration and harped on the need for teachers and school administrators to ensure that they have them in their offices to improve service delivery in the teaching profession.
Udofia had during the visit, advocated the need for teachers to have complete notes of lessons made ready before the commencement of teaching for the day, explaining that such a tool is critical to learning, as teachers cannot do well without them. He added that any person who has found his or herself in the teaching profession should buckle up to meet the demands of the profession
He intensified the inspection of these tools and discovered that most teachers were found wanting while some pupils were shabbily dressed with dirty and untidy nails. The SA appreciated those who kept to the ethics of the profession and urged those lacking behind to key in for effective service delivery.
In some other schools, the pupils were denied the use of the sanitary facilities provided by the government through the activities of hoodlums, Udofia expressed displeasure on the vandalization of such things like solar powered borehole pumps, and others informing that the government must provide basic facilities while the school and community should watch over them.
He also cautioned youths who were seen engaging in sporting activities within the school during school hours and appealed to them to stop as it distracts academic activities and poses threat to the security of the pupils and teachers.
Other schools visited were Government school, Ikot Efum/ Ikea, both in Ibiono Ibom LGA, Methodist Central School, Utu Ikot Ekpeyoung, Ikot Ekpene, Methodist School, Utu Abak, and State College, Ikot Ekpene.