All is set for the introduction of examination as a prerequisite for the Appointment of Head Teachers in Public Primary Schools.
The Executive Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, Professor Maria Ikorok dropped the hint recently while interacting with Head Teachers of Public Primary Schools in Eket, Ikot Ekpene and Uyo Senatorial Districts.
Addressing Head Teachers who converged on Eket Local Government Council Hall, Ati Annang International Secretariat, Ikot Ekpene and Aka Community Secondary School, Uyo, Prof Ikorok said administering an examination to choose Head Teachers is to ensure that credible and competent personnel become managers of Basic Schools.
The Don who described Head Teachers as Basic School managers, as well as the liaison officers of the Board at Communities, admitted that the degree of community development depend largely on the quality of Basic Education, and urged them to discharge their duties with responsibility, dedication and Commitment.
She noted that the Board was working hard to streamline its activities by ensuring that Head Teachers are alive to their responsibility, therefore any Head Teachers found to be like the Biblical fig tree will be dropped.
Professor Ikorok advised them to take effective control and management of teaching and learning, be punctual to school, mentor teachers and discipline themselves to regain the image of the teaching Profession.
In her words “many teachers have allowed Union activities to interfere with their official duties, I am calling on them to give more attention to teaching, and grooming of the pupils to become useful citizens”.
She advised against merging of pupils where provisions have been made for enough classrooms to accommodate more streams, adding that available of classroom facilitates conducive learning environment.
According to her, Head Teachers should plant ornamental trees in schools to improve on the aesthetics and inculcate in pupils the need to admire nature, saying “such could shift their attention from criminality”.
The SUBEB Chairman who emphatically applauded Governor Udom Emmanuel for being consistent in the provision of infrastructure, instructional materials, motivational Incentive to boost the morale of teachers, called on them to reciprocate the gesture through hard work and excellent service delivery.
The meeting provided an avenue for Head Teachers to bring to the fore areas of concern that will spur effective learning and teaching as well as commended the State government and AK-SUBEB for prompt attention to issues affecting education in the state.
Resource persons including Directors from AK-SUBEB presented papers on various topics bordering on Basic School management, teaching techniques, supervision, discipline, among others.
The meeting also had in attendance AK-SUBEB Board Members 1-3, Hon. Bernard Duncan, Bishop Ime Ekpe, Hon. Inibehe Etukudo, Permanent Secretary Elder Ezekiel Umoh, Directors as well as Education Secretaries.
Credit: Anietie Ammah