Akparawa Udeme Udofia, Special Assistant on Education Monitoring to Akwa Ibom state Governor, during the inspection.

UYO – The Special Assistant on Education Monitoring to Akwa Ibom state Governor, Akparawa Udeme Udofia, has urged teachers to ensure that they cover their scheme of work every term.

Udofia who made the call during an inspection of schools in Mkpat Enin, Eastern Obolo and Onna local government areas said laying proper educational foundation for children demands that the child should be taught everything in the syllabus for each term.

He noted that some teachers only rush to class for revision towards examination time when they had not covered the scheme of work for the term, a practice he vehemently condemned.

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Udofia decried the attitude of recalcitrant teachers who take teaching only as a means of livelihood and not as a profession.

He warned students against lying to cover up for absentee teachers, advising that teachers’ absenteeism was at the detriment of the students.

The governor’s aide stressed that teachers are great influence that shapes the future of students they teach, hence they should create positive impacts and imbibe discipline and shun acts of irresponsibility.

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At community secondary school, Iko Town, the Principal Dr. Ekerete Benjamin Akpan, said the school does not have insufficient teachers and complained about truancy by some teachers.

Responding, the SA appealed to the teachers to take their work serious if they want to retire successfully.

“Any teacher who enjoys being recalcitrant cheats on the students and the state government because you get paid without rendering service causing water down in the educational system which in turn breeds incompetency in our young professionals.”

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Udofia also emphasized the need for cooperation between the teachers and the heads of the schools for effective management.

In all the schools visited, the governor’s aide advised the principals to be time conscious, check out for proper dressing by teachers and the students in order to give the school a standard.

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Some of the schools visited were Community Secondary Commercial School, Ikot Akpan Ishiet and Community Secondary Commercial School, Ikot Ebiere all in Onna local government area as well as Ikpa Ibom Comprehensive Secondary School, Ikot Ekong/Ikot Enin, Esetang High school, Ekim and Okoromita Comprehensive Secondary School in Eastern Obolo.