The acting chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), has expressed satisfaction on the high turnout of teachers and pupils as schools resume for the 2022/2023.
Mr Iniobong Akpan made the feeling of the board known when he led board members and staff of SUBEB to monitor the level of compliance to the resumption of public schools in the state for the 2022/2023 school year.
The board chairman expressed satisfaction over the massive turnout of pupils and teachers to schools on the first day of resumption, but however faulted the low response of teachers and pupils in some schools in Itu Local Government, where the team visited.
He however said that he was not impressed with the turnout of pupils and teachers in schools visited, while commending the impressive turnout of School children and teachers and headteachers in some schools visited.
The acting chairman commended the headteacher atGovernment Primary School, Mbak Atai, Deaconess Mary Ibanga, staff and pupils for adhering to the resumption formalities and prompt commencement of academic activities on the first day of resumption and advised other schools who were yet to fully resume to follow suit.
Akpan explained that the long vacation afforded which teachers, pupils and parents ample time to rest was over and wondered why some teachers arrived schools late as others failed to show up at all.
He noted that the education of the pupils remain the surest path to their future development, and as such should be given all the seriousness it deserves.
“It is the duty of teachers to report to duty immediately school resumes, and you should treat these children as your own children and grandchildren,” Akpan said.
“We are going around to ensure quality in our education sector.It is very unfair, you are supposed to teach the pupils right from the first day of resumption“, he added.
The acting chairman of the board directed that teachers notes of lessons be submitted when he observed that some of them did not prepare their notes.
He described children as special gifts from God, which parents, stakeholders and authorities should ensure that they were given the necessary attention and support through love and moral training.
Akpan commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for his efforts aimed at creating a conducive environment for teaching and learning in primary schools in the state, and urged the headteachers and staff to make good use of the equipment and facilities provided by the government.
He gave the assurance that teachers who were absent at school would be sanctioned by the board to serve as deterrent to others.
He urged headteachers and nonteaching staff to sit up to enable the system to live up to its statutory responsibility.
Schools visited included: Government School Mbak Atai Itam, Christ Church Special School, Oku Iboku, Cruckshank School Oku Iboku, Government School, Ikot Ntu, Government School Ekit Itam 1, and Government School Mbiatok Itam.
On the acting chairman’s monitoring team were board member in charge of Project, Elder Godwin Enoidem, board member, Quality Assurance, Mr Ambruss Ekong, board member, School Services, Sir John Udoh, and all the directors of SUBEB who supervised the monitoring exercise across the 31 local government areas of the state.