From Mfon Ekefre, Uyo
The Akwa Ibom State Secondary Education Board has been challenged to explore the private sector and donor agencies for additional funds to complement government efforts in supporting the board.
“This will help in meeting the challenges of inadequate funds, inadequate personnel, and dilapidated infrastructure facing the board in reaching out to some secondary schools,” immediate past Chairman, House Committee on Education, Hon. Onofiok Luke, ha stated.
Luke spoke during a familiarisation visit to the board’s headquarters in Uyo.
He emphased the need for morals, character moulding and intellectual development of every child, and expressed gratitude to the teachers for their commitment, cooperation and contribution to the life of every child.
Luke also lauded the efforts of the Board for its effective and regular supervision of schools, which has enhanced teachers and students commitment to learning and effective delivery of knowledge, and enjoined them to share in the philosophy of “Dakkada” for the spirit of excellence to thrive.
He commended the Permanent Secretary of the Board, Elder Akpan Solomon Akpan for his ingenuity in piloting the affairs of the Board while pledging his committee to use legislative means to tackle some problems of the board.
The former education committee boss called for regular meeting with the stakeholders to review educational contents in order to meet current happenings in the society.
Akpan commended the committee for deeming it fit to visit the board, saying it was a great moral booster and that the board was implementing government policies as mandated.
He appealed to the committee to assist in the provision of vehicles to help the board monitor activities of schools in the interest of children and the teachers.
He also requested the committee to visit the Community Secondary School, Ifiayong Usuk and secondary school, Ikot Ekpene for urgent rehabilitation.
The permanent secretary complained of the lack of knowledge by some public school students in information and computer technology and computer based test, which placed them on a disadvantaged position in any national examination and appealed for adequate provision of computers in public schools to enable them excel in examinations.
Other members of the committee were the chief whip and deputy chairman of the committee, Hon. Emmanuel Ekpenyong, a member representing Ika State constituency, Rt. Hon Gabriel Toby and Clerk of the committee Mrs. Unyime Benson.