The Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Education monitoring, Akparawa Udeme Udofia has commended students of public schools in Uyo and Abak Local Government Areas for exhibiting a high level of responsibility during the state ongoing Senior Secondary School 11 and National Examinations Council.
The SA went on monitoring to ensure students, teachers, supervisors, and invigilators do not go against the laid down rules for the conduct of examinations as no form of malpractice, will go undetected.
He, however, warned against collaboration between the unscrupulous supervisors and heads of schools on what they term ‘miracle centres’ noting that the West African Examinations Council has a new technology ‘item deferential profile’ that can detect every form of examination malpractice.
Akparawa Udofia, who visited various schools during his routine monitoring exercise praised the students for conducting themselves well, saying that the state ministry of education is working hard to ensure zero tolerance of unethical practices in Examinations, to raise excellent youths in the state. While he appreciated the students and some heads of schools for conducting themselves decently and showing responsibility by cleaning up their surroundings voluntarily after each examination, he condemned others on their laxity which he described as acts of ungodliness and high immoral values.
Udofia, himself a professional teacher, said the Udom Emmanuel-led administration will leave no stone unturned in ensuring the sanctity of the Examination’s process and affirmed the government’s commitment towards attaining new frontiers in the education sector to actualizing the vision of the completion agenda.
In some schools, the heads complained of lack of classroom and accommodation facilities despite the numerous dilapidated buildings that once served the purposes complained of.
Udofia opined that the challenges experienced in the education system are human factored and appealed to managers of the sector to review issues affecting the sector for positive modifications.
The SA, however, lamented that those buildings have become an economic waste because of continuous neglect in maintenance and disrepair because they are government properties, hence he called on teachers and all heads of schools to be more proactive and approach their responsibilities with a positive attitude.
Some of the schools visited include; Community Secondary Commercial School, Ikot Oku Ikono, Ikono Ibom Comprehensive Secondary School, Ikot Ayan, Ikono in Uyo Local Government Area, and Saints Mary Science College, Ediene Abak in Abak Local Government Area.