Commendations have continued to trail the Akwa Ibom State Government’s amnesty policy granted to Public Primary School teachers under the state’s employ who acquired higher degrees without study leave approval.
While filling questions from journalists in Uyo, Executive Chairman, Akwa Ibom-State Universal Basic Education Board, Prof Maria Ikorok particularly lauded the education friendly Governor for the decision to grant amnesty to primary school teachers.
Prof Ikorok noted that the policy would create multiplier effect of boosting teachers’ morale as well as enhancing quality Basic Education in the State.
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She remarked that Governor Udom-led administration places high premium on Basic Education Sub-sector as manifested in the provision of functional structures such as educational materials, tables and chairs, boreholes and conveniences, teacher’s recruitment, capacity building programmes and other very essential procurement.
The Don admonished teachers to reciprocate this gesture by being more dedicated to duty, being punctual and acting as good role models for their pupils to look up to.
In an interview with newsmen at AK-SUBEB grounds, one of the beneficiaries, a teacher at CMEC School, Ikot Umiang, Etinan Local Government Area, Aniedi Ekpo said her joy knows no bound with Governor Udom Emmanuel’s rare benevolence.
Ekpo averred that the amnesty policy has aroused deep excitement in the hearts of teachers across the state.
She added that “with the present arrangement, the overall status of teachers will be upgraded and this is an indication that Governor Udom is sensitive to our plight, so teachers should condition themselves for efficiency”.
She prayed for more fruitful years for the Governor, adding that “if it were constitutional to seek a third term in office as Governor, primary school teachers would still give him the required vote to win”.
Credit: Anietie Ammah