Following perceived lack of preparedness by Primary and Secondary School Teachers to confront changes in the education system occasioned by the Coronavirus pandemic, the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has urged the State Ministry of Education to train and retrain teachers on e-learning tools, to sharpen their skills on e-teaching and e-learning.
At Plenary on Thursday, the House noted that the pandemic has greatly changed educational systems, shifting focus from conventional chalk board demonstration, to sufficiently digital, e-learning and e-teaching models and therefore urged the Ministry of Education to consider making ICT compliance by teachers a major prerequisite for entry into the education system.
The resolution followed a Motion on the ‘Need for Teachers Training and Re-training on E-learning Tools in Preparation for Post Covid-19 Education Models,’ sponsored by Elder Mfon Idung (Ika/Etim Ekpo).
The lawmakers expressed concern that teachers’ inadequacy, incompetence and inability to operate computers themselves and engage in e-teaching would impact adversely on the performances of pupils and students across the state, even after the pandemic is gone.
The House however commended the state government’s School on Radio initiative, noting the programme has been sufficiently beneficial to students in all ramifications.
Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey, while reacting, commended the sponsor of the Motion, Elder Idung, over what he described as a timely Motion, and further directed the Clerk of the House, Mrs Mandu Umoren to communicate the resolution of the lawmakers to the appropriate quarters.
At Plenary also, the House received Motions on ‘Incessant and Unauthorised Encroachment of Communities in Ini Local Government Area by Neighbouring Abia State Communities’ from the Member representing Ini State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Bassey, ‘Concern Over Deeply Excavated Gully Abandoned in Akwa Ibom State College of Education, Afaha Nsit: A Call for Immediate Intervention to Avert Disaster’ from the Member representing Nsit Ibom State Constituency, Hon. Ifiok Udoh and ‘Trespass And Sale of Government Land; A Call for Urgent Action’ from the Member representing Mkpat Enin State Constituency, Hon. Victor Ekwere.
The Bills were referred to relevant Committees for necessary actions, to report back to the House within one month.
Similarly, A Bill for a Law to Establish a Comprehensive Food Security Framework for the State; Food Storage Facilities, Strategic Food Reserve and for other Connected Purposes sponsored by Member representing Ibesikpo Asutan State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Uko and A Bill for a Law to Establish Akwa Ibom State College of Nursing and Midwifery and for other purposes Connected thereto, sponsored by Member representing Abak State Constituency, Hon. (Elder) Udeme Otong, scaled through First Reading and were referred to the Committee on Rules, Business and Ethics for rescheduling.
The House also received a Report of the Public Accounts Committee on the Audited Accounts of Akwa Ibom State Government for the Year Ended 31st December, 2019 and also passed the Urban and Regional Planning Bill into Law.
Meanwhile, the House has adjourned its plenary to Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 10am.