The Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Education Monitoring, Akparawa Udeme Udofia has urged Akwa Ibom people, especially community heads to come together to confront the challenge of insecurity in public schools.
Udofia, while on routine school monitoring exercise noted that most of the infrastructure provided by the government and well-meaning citizens of the community to schools around Etoi have been vandalized or stolen.
He lamented that those structures were meant to provide a conducive working and learning environment to both students and teachers without which the environment becomes apprehensive and hinders impactful productivity. He opined that if all hands are on deck, the menace could be curtailed or eradicated
Again, the SA warned secondary school principals and heads of primary schools across the state against extorting parents by collecting unauthorised fees” saying the state government in line with its avowed commitment to the education sector, has magnanimously paid fees for students and pupils in the state to relieve parents/ guardians at this critical time.
Udofia who found out that students keep roaming the streets as late as 10am instead of remaining in the classrooms, cautioned all school heads to keep their pupils /students indoors, saying any school whose students are found roaming the street risks government’s sanctions.
He equally cautioned the truant teachers to have a change of heart, adhere to the ethics of the profession and consider the future of the students they are playing truancy with. He wondered if they can justify the salary they collect monthly without doing what they have been paid to do.
Schools visited during the routine monitoring were; Secondary School, Etoi, Community Secondary school, Mbak Etoi; St Dominic Primary School, Mbak Etoi, Holy Child Primary School, Mbak Etoi, Uyo, Sacred Heart (RCM) School, Ikot Inyang Idung, Etoi, Uyo and St Gabriel (RCM) School, Nung Oku, Uruan.