EDUCATION C’TTEE TO SANCTION ABSENTEE PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS

EDUCATION C’TTEE TO SANCTION ABSENTEE PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS
Enwono-Abasi Elisha
The House Committee on Education, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has promised to embark on unscheduled visits to Primary Schools across the State to sanction Primary School teachers who are absent from duty post to offer basic education to Akwa Ibom children.
The Committee disclosed this while on oversight duty to the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) today, led by the Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Godwin Ekpo.
The Committee frowned at the redundant attitude of Primary School teachers towards teaching which has affected the educational foundation of pupils.
The Committee however made case for recruitment process which is mostly marred by corrupt practices which frustrate the aim. This was the observation by Member representing Ibesikpo State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Uko, a member of the Committee.
He charged the Chairperson of SUBEB, Prof. Maria Ikorok to ensure recruitment is based on merit and deserving Akwa Ibom persons employed.
Member representing Oron/Udunguko, Rt. Hon. Effiong Bassey observed that it is not wise for structures to be provided without seats which hampers learning process.
While Ikono representative, Hon. Asuquo Nana Udo made a case for a Primary School in Itong Mmong, Ward 7 in Ikono, of the low teaching quality as there is only one Headmistress and Teacher handling over 2000 pupils. Volunteer teachers have been sought out from the community to assist teaching and they are not paid. He urged the board to look into the situation of the school.
The member for Mkpat Enin State Constituency, Hon. Victor Ekwere called for construction of teachers’ quarters in schools which could also help in security check. While, member for Uyo, Hon. Anietie Eka¬† harped on the issue of moving into remote areas to promote educational facilities.
Nsit Ubium representative, Hon. Otobong Bob urged the Board to do more towards qualitative education by providing text books, exercise books and other educational materials.
Earlier, the Chairperson of the Board, Prof. Maria Ikorok told the committee of the many feats of the Board to include; the recruitment exercise for 3000 NCE teachers conducted in 2019; provision of instructional materials in Basic Schools through intervention fund; remittance of withholding taxes, Vat to Government.
The challenges of the board included; chequered participation in home grown school feeding programme; encroachment on schools lands by community members; and vandalization of school property.
However, the Committee accompanied by SUBEB team had a stop over at St. Michael Primary School, Four Towns to inspect the befitting office complex for U-BEB South-South zonal office. Also, a four room classroom block was inspected at Technical School, Ewet Offot, Uyo by the committee same day.

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