By KUFRE ETUK
- The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Idongesit Etiebet, has charged Zonal Directors and Education Secretaries to be alive to their responsibilities by not only embarking on unscheduled visits to schools but also ensure qualitative education is imparted effectively on the school children
Addressing them at Community Secondary School Aka Offot, Uyo, the commissioner noted that the meeting was aimed at looking into areas of mutual concern with the view to proffering immediate solutions that will help them function more effectively.
She intimated them of the agreed resolutions made by the Education Management Committee, which she said comprises all critical stakeholders in the education sector, stating that the committee saw the need to enforce discipline in the school system and hence came up with disciplinary measures to checkmate misconduct among Principals and Teachers that would be found wanting in their duties .
Mrs. Etiebet appreciated the State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel for his drive to change the phase of education in Akwa Ibom State especially with ongoing reforms and the free and compulsory Education, and urged the officers to key into this vision by working toward attaining academic excellence.
While lauding officers who are focused and committed to duties in the face of challenges, the Commissioner assured that Government would look into those issues.
In their separate remarks, the Chairman, State Secondary Education Board, Dr. Ekaete Ebong Okon, Chairman, State Technical School Board, Hon. Godwin Udom and Chairman of State Universal Basic Education Board, Obong Paul Ekpo all harped on attitudinal change among the officers, calling on them to carry out their responsibilities effectively so that goals and objectives could be achieved.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Lady Rose Bassey in her welcome remarks, stated that the meeting would be interactive and enjoined stakeholders to feel free to bare their minds and make contributions.
Goodwill messages were presented by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs , Hon. Frank Archibong who graced the event, Honorary Special Adviser to the Governor on Basic Education, Mrs Ekemini Umoh, Permanent Secretary, State Secondary Education Board ,Mrs Helen Ante, Permanent Secretary SUBEB, Mrs Abasiekeme Essien, Special Assistant to the Governor on Education Monitoring, Akparawa Udeme Udofia, Chairman, Forum of Zonal Directors, Mr Louis Akpan and the Dean of Education Secretaries, Rev. Linus Udoidung.
The event was graced by the Permanent Secretary ,State Technical Schools Board, Very Rev. Dr Otuekong Ukut, Special Assistant to the Governor on Education Monitoring, Dr. Sarah Esitikot, and Directors of the Ministry of Education, State Secondary Education Board, State Technical Schools Board and State Universal Basic Education Board.