In order to enhance school supervision, inspection and monitoring, Akwa Ibom State Universal Basic Education Board has distributed the first batch of quality assurance vehicles and equipment to the Director as well as Education Secretaries in the Local Education Authorities.
Performing the exercise at AK-SUBEB Headquarters, Idongesit Nkanga Secretariat, Uyo, Commissioner of Education, Prof Nse Essien lauded the Universal Basic Education Commission for its consistent partnership with the State Universal Basic Education Board which has resulted in the procurement and distribution of the mobility and educational equipment to improve teaching in the state.
Prof Essien implored beneficiaries to make good use of the facilities to boost supervision and monitoring of schools in urban and rural areas of the State.
In her remarks, Executive Chairman, Ak-SUBEB, Professor Maria Ikorok noted that Akwa Ibom has enjoyed an unbroken access to the UBE Matching Grant Intervention Fund through prompt payment of counterpart fund by Governor Udom Emmanuel.
The AK-SUBEB Chairman revealed that Universal Basic Education Commission, Abuja mandated the use of 2% from the 2018 UBE Matching Grant Intervention Fund to facilitate quality assurance in Basic Education nationwide.
Professor Ikorok expressed optimism that the provision of equipment and mobility will inspire school support officers to improve their supervisory roles in schools for efficiency, adding that quality assurance promises excellence in the system.
On the 2017/2018 UBE Intervention projects progress report, She averred that contracts awarded are at various stages of completion.
According to her, such intervention has facilitated expansion of infrastructure and provision of educational materials for quality teaching at the Basic schools.
The Don further stated that government has also been unwavering in Teacher Professional Development Programmes through short service courses, sandwich programmes as well as other human resource packages.
Prof Ikorok maintained that an impressive quantity of equipment has already been supplied directly by contractors to schools; which include dual desks, plastic tables and seats, teachers tables and seats, generators, computers, printers, assorted toys, lawn mowers, footballs, Jerseys, goal post and net. In addition to these provisions other educational materials are being organised by the stores officer for distribution within the week.
She said the Board’s strategy to guarantee quality improvement is predicated on the just Concluded 3-day interactive meetings with Head Teachers and Education Secretaries in the three Senatorial Districts.
The essence of the meeting, she noted was to update school management competencies and enable teachers who are the Frontline stakeholders in the sector to strive towards delivery on mandate.
The Permanent Secretary, AK-SUBEB, Elder Ezekiel Umoh who described the exercise as unprecedented in the annals of Board, charged the beneficiaries to live up to expectation in the discharge of their duties.
In their responses, Director, Quality Assurance, Pastor Emmanuel Ituen and Dean of Education Secretaries, Mrs. Sylvia Udoka commended the Board for the provisions made and promised to make judicious use of the facilities to enhance excellent service delivery .
The ceremony featured the presentation of one Toyota Hilux Van, 18 motorcycles, generating sets, laptop computers, desktop computers, projectors, photocopiers to Quality Assurance department and benefiting Local Education Authorities.
Present at the event were Board Members 1-3, Hon. Bernard Duncan, Bishop Ime Ekpe, Hon. Inibehe Etukudo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Helen Ante and Staff in the Board.
Credit: Anietie Ammah