Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano has kicked off on-the-spot checks on schools especially those in remote areas, assuring teachers in the state school of a better welfare package. He however urged them to work harder, warning that his administration would not condone truancy and negligence to duty.
Addressing principals and managers of secondary schools in the state in Abagana, Njikoka Local Government Area on Wednesday last week, Governor Obiano said education occupies a key position in his blueprint believing same would unlock the potentials of the Anambra people.
Obiano said: “I want to put you on notice that I plan to pay surprise visits to schools. I will not tell anybody where I plan to visit and when but I expect to see you in the classroom when I come. I will not take kindly anyone who is away from his or her duty post when I visit,” he warned.
He observed that his predecessor, former governor Peter Obi had done very well in education, promising to improve upon the foundation Obi laid.
“We have adopted tested models that will return Anambra to its pre-eminent position as the Light of the Nation in education,” Obiano explained.
The governor, however, reminded the teachers that it was their responsibility to reshape society by equipping the students with the right values that would help them evolve into responsible citizens.
His words: “I learnt most of the virtues that I live by today from my days in secondary school has nearly varnished. The virtues of hard work, respect for elders, and others that lead to a responsible citizenry are all imparted on the students at this level of education. So, I expect you to do the right thing for our children,” he further explained.
Obiano also assured the teachers that his administration was determined to improve their lot and that their request for support in the area of training and capacity building would get his express approval when formally presented.
Earlier in her opening remarks, the Chairman of Post-Primary Schools Service Commission (PPSSC), Lady Joy Ulasi, had recalled that as the son of a headmaster, every teacher in Anambra State feels a sense of fulfillment in Obiano’s emergence as the governor of the state.
According to her, the PPSSC urgently needs more buses to ensure a more effective supervision and on-the-spot checks in the 254 post-primary schools in the state. The commission also wants to move from its temporary location along Enugu-Onitsha expressway to its permanent site in the shortest possible time and would be grateful if the governor could help actualise this wish, Ulasi further requested.
Also in his welcome address, the President of the Anambra State chapter of All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), Sir Godfrey N. Ajiba had made a series of requests including the appointment of principals as permanent secretaries, promotion of principals to higher grade levels, sponsorship of principals to national and international conferences as well as a donation of a piece of land in Awka, the state capital for the building of a befitting secretariat for ANCOPSS.