The Akwa Ibom State Government in her effort to achieve higher productivity and perfection in the teaching profession has called on the newly employed teachers, N-Power Beneficiaries and National Youth Service Corp members to interpret the vision and mission of government via their commitment to service towards enhancing teaching and learning in schools.
The call was made recently by the Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Education Monitoring, Akparawa Udeme Udofia during his official visit to Schools in Etinan and Eket local government areas. Udofia urged the new teachers to be passionate about their assigned duties as they cannot survive in the teaching profession without aligning to the Teacher’s Competency Framework.
He noted that vigilance will be on them because of the huge government’s investment involved in their employment, explaining that, the only way they can reciprocate government’s benevolence is to give their best, mentor students to attain greater heights while developing a career for themselves.
He therefore, enjoined the new teachers to be ready to add value to other people’s lives. According to him, bricks, mortars and classroom blocks do not teach but competent, disciplined, commitment and dedicated teachers are the brains behind the successful story in education development.
Speaking on principals transfer to other stations the education administrator implored school managers to exhibit high administrative policy that will smoothen the framework of the academic calendar. He also asked that competence be made the watchword when considering appointments of school heads, remarking that the societal menaces is as a result of improper moulding from the elementary foundation, when teachers who are supposed to be role models are inefficient.
The SA who was accompanied by the Eket area education secretary, Mrs. Eka Ikopo and her assistant, Mrs Abigail Christopher Akan, was full of praises to the management of Government Main School, Afaha Eket and Saint Gregory Catholic Primary School, Ikot Ebok, Eket for maintaining the standard of the schools over time and encouraged them to keep up the good work.
Other schools visited during the tour were St John UNA School, Etinan and Government Primary school, Hospital Road, Eket.