The Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has strongly warned Principals of public schools across the State against illegal fee collection and aiding of examination malpractice as WAEC Examinations commence on monday.
The State Chief Executive spoke through the Commissioner for Education, Mrs Enobong Mbobo during an emergency meeting held with Principals of Public Schools in the State in preparation for the exit examination.
The Commissioner cautioned the Principals against indulging in activities capable of tarnishing their image and bringing the Governor’s good gesture to disrepute. She urged them not to contribute to the downfall of an improving system and spelt out stiff sanctions against defaulters. Mrs Mbobo further instructed them to immediately issue examination materials including customised mathematical sets, log books and calculators to the students and ensure that preparations are in top gear for commencement of exams on monday.
The Commissioner stated that it was the desire of government to better prepare Akwa Ibom children for tomorrow stressing that students assisted to cheat would turn out to be a menace to society in future. She therefore adviced teachers to build confidence in their students by teaching them effectively rather than encouraging exam malpractice.
Furthermore, She stressed the need for continuous adherence to COVID-19 safety guidelines as free faskmasks for students, hand sanitizers and infrared thermometers had been distributed to Principals.
The Permanent Secretary, ministry of Education Mrs Ante, stressed that Principals should be agents of positive change to the students and not destructive influence. Incase of any complain, Mrs Ante Presented the no 08183873559 to the public to reach out to the ministry.
In her vote of thanks, the ANCOPPS Chairman, Mrs. Roselyn Inyangibom lauded the Governor for his managerial prowess while appreciating him for the items they had received. She commended the Commissioner for her timely and motherly advice and urged the Principals to administer their schools better and not fall into any trap.
The meeting also had in attendance the Permanent Secretary, State Secondary Education Board, Barr Mrs Isang, SSA to His Excellency on Education Monitoring, Mrs Idongesit Etiebiet, Directors and staff of the Ministry and Principals of Public Schools across the state.