Heads of Public Primary and Secondary schools in Akwa Ibom State have been charged to take extra care of students, as they return to complete the first term on 4th January 2021.
The call was made by the Honourable Commissioner for Education, Mrs Enobong Mbobo who led her colleagues Sir Monday Uko, Rt. Hon. Frank Archibong and Comrade Ini Ememobong to a meeting with the heads of Public Primary and Secondary schools at the Model Secondary School, Aka, Uyo Local Government Area.
The main focus of the meeting was to assess the preparation of heads of schools to receive returning students and pupils and to intimate them of the government’s declaration of a state of emergency in the education sector.
Speaking during the meeting, the Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Sir Monday Ebong Uko, appealed to the principals to double their efforts in supervision and school management, to maximise the investment that government will make in education. Rt. Hon. Frank Archibong stressed on the need for discipline in schools. He further appealed to the principals to ensure the full compliance of COVID-19 protocols in their schools to prevent the spread of the virus in their schools.
The principals thanked the Governor for the declaration of a state of emergency in education, noting that the first steps taken in that direction are very commendable. They applauded the Governor’s directive for fencing and provision of water facilities in the school.
In attendance at the meeting were, SSA Education Monitoring and Commissioner Designate Mrs Idongesit Etiebet, Chairman State Secondary Education Board, Rt. Hon. Dr Ekaette Ebong Okon, Permanent Secretaries Ministry of Education, State Technical Schools Board and SUBEB.
The State Governor had directed that all schools in the state should reopen on Monday 4th January 2021.