The Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has strongly warned Principals of public schools across the State against illegal fee collection and aiding of examination malpractice as WAEC Examinations commences.
The State Chief Executive spoke through the Commissioner for Education, Mrs Enobong Mbobo during an emergency meeting held with Principals of Public Schools in the State in preparation for the exit examination.
The Commissioner cautioned the Principals against indulging in activities capable of tarnishing their image and bringing the Governor’s good gesture to disrepute. She urged them not to contribute to the downfall of an improving system and spelt out stiff sanctions against defaulters.
Mrs Mbobo further instructed them to immediately issue examination materials including customized mathematical sets, log books and calculators to the students and ensure that preparations are in top gear for the exams.
The Commissioner stated that it was the desire of government to better prepare Akwa Ibom children for tomorrow, stressing that students assisted to cheat would turn out to be a menace to society in future. She therefore advised teachers to build confidence in their students by teaching them effectively rather than encouraging exam malpractice.
Furthermore, she stressed the need for continuous adherence to COVID-19 safety guidelines as free faskmasks for students, hand sanitizers and infrared thermometers had been distributed to Principals.
Also Speaking, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs Ante stressed that Principals should be agents of positive change to the students and not destructive influences. In case of any complain, Mrs Ante Presented the number 08183873559, as a means of reaching the Ministry.
In her vote of thanks, the ANCOPPS Chairman, Mrs. Roselyn Inyangibom lauded the Governor for his managerial prowess while appreciating him for the items they had received. She commended the Commissioner for her timely and motherly advice and urged the Principals to administer their schools better and not fall into any trap.
The meeting also had in attendance the Permanent Secretary, State Secondary Education Board, Barr Mrs Isang, SSA to the Governor on Education Monitoring, Mrs Idongesit Etiebiet, Directors and staff of the Ministry and Principals of Public Schools across the state.