The Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, Hon. Sunny Ogwu has warned Head teachers, teaching and non-teaching staff against mobilizing community leaders to influence their postings and transfers, saying that such practice would no longer be tolerated by the board.
The SUBEB boss gave the warning at Oleh, Headquarters of Isoko South Local Government Council, during the continuation of the Board’s town hall meeting with head teachers in public primary schools in the state.
The chairman who was represented by member representing Delta South Senatorial District in the Board, Mr Paul Kurugbe, frowned at some staff, who were in the habit of mobilizing community leaders to mount undue pressure on local education authority secretaries to influence their transfers, saying that such habits including rejecting postings were inimical to the service.
He charged Head teachers and other staff, particularly those heading schools at the various villages, to embark on school drive by encouraging parents to enrol their wards in school and take advantage of the free education programme of the Governor Okowa’s administration.
The SUBEB boss assured the head teachers of the state government’s strong commitment to promoting quality basic education in the state, even as he also enjoined the head teachers to engage community leaders and Parent Teacher Association to assist in protecting school properties against destruction.
On the School Based Management Committee (SBMC) model, employed by the Universal Basic Education Commission in conjunction with the State Universal Basic Education Board to run and manage some schools in the State, the SUBEB chairman urged head teachers and Management Committees of benefitting schools to put money released to them for execution of projects into judicious use.
According to Ogwu, “To enhance the capacity of teachers to meet up with modern trend of impacting knowledge, the Board has concluded plans to begin another batch of cluster trainings for teachers” imploring participants to take the training seriously.
While warning against the collection of illegal fees, extortion and unprofessional conducts, Ogwu told the Head teachers to teach morals and values at assembly grounds and be of good examples to staff and pupils.
While meeting with head teachers in Isoko North Local Government, where he reminded the teachers that education was the mother of all profession, he charged the Quality Assurance Department of the Local Education Authority to step up its monitoring exercise.
The Chairman also emphasized the need to bring back seriousness into sporting activities in primary schools in order to deepen sport development in the state by discovering sporting talents when they are young.
Earlier, the Education Secretary, Isoko South, Mr Edegbo Sammy who commended the State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa who has stood by his word to better the standard of education in the state, congratulated the chairman and members of the Board for their appointments.
He appealed to the state government to establish ICT centre in Isoko Central School, Oleh, even as he stated that Isoko south has benefitted immensely from the facelift of public primary schools in the state.