Akparawa Udeme Udofia, the Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Education Monitoring has called on the exiting students in secondary schools in Akwa Ibom state to shun all forms of examination malpractice and every act of indiscipline that would push them into trouble as they start their West African Senior Secondary Certificates Examination.
The SA while addressing the students at Community Secondary Commercial School, Ikot Okubo Offot,Uyo, implored them to follow the part of discipline which he said plays an important role in every academic performance relating positively to, and predicting students’ academic accomplishment. He encouraged them to pursue the governor’s ‘five credit at one sitting’ target set for them. Udofia advised the teachers to lend a helping hand by revising with them to refresh their memories.
At other schools visited, Akparawa Udofia took time to address the teachers on the irregularities he noticed among them. He corrected on laxity and appealed to them to form the habit of engaging students with academic activities when they are in the school instead of leaving them idle, knowing that an idle mind is the devil’s workshop.
He said he has, over time, discovered that the growing level of truancy and indiscipline among students is the result of teachers’ lateness and absenteeism in class, and unconducive teaching environment, and unenforced school rules, and regulations, as well as poor leadership by school administrators.
On the other hand, the education technocrat indicts some parents for not paying attention to their ward’s performance in school and for not providing them with necessary learning tools like writing desks, textbooks, and correct uniforms. He pointed out that without a writing desk, students will not be dependent in class and even during examinations because they would have lost confidence in themselves and may also write poorly.
At Secondary School Etoi, the SA appreciated the enormous task teachers face taking care of such a high population of students but urged them to thwart the tide of lateness in a school that is at a gateway to the state capital and to be passionate about their professional responsibilities as well as creates a positive impact on the lives of the students as role models that they are meant to be.
He decried the degradation of the once preferred government schools to a level where the public schools, which were before now termed as government-approved, have gained prominence as the most preferred citadel of learning occasioned by the latitude in the system. This is portrayed in a situation where the very poor, whose means of livelihood is unstable, will prefer to take their wards to the private schools knowing their wards would receive proper care and attention as compared to what is obtainable in the government school, the high pay notwithstanding.
Udofia used the opportunity to appeal to parents, teachers, and the school system managers to live up to their expectations to reciprocate the state government’s resolve to change the educational narrative in the state positively.
The team visited Community Secondary Commercial school, Ikot okubo, Offot, Uyo.
ST’ Mary Catholic School, Offot Obio, Uyo.
Government school , Ifa Atai. Uyo and Secondary School, Etoi, Uyo.