By Uchino Amatey
Following the commencement of academic activities at the UBEC Junior Secondary School, Akpabuyo, the Executive Chairman and Management Staff of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) have paid an inspection visit to the school.
The visit which held today, Thursday 1st February, was to check teaching and learning activities as well as identify and proffer solutions to challenges confronting the school.
Addressing staff of the school, the Executive Chairman SUBEB, Dr Stephen Odey charged staff to be committed and live up to their responsibility “I deliberately chose to come here today to let you know certain things that are expected of you as a staff. Like I have always said this place is meant for those who are committed and serious minded.”
While adding that the effectiveness of teachers will lead to the increase in student population, Dr Odey said “the one in Yala started with a population of 14 students, but due to the quality of education there, they have over a hundred students now. So you need to give your best, parents are withdrawing their children from other schools in Calabar to bring them to the UBEC schools in Abi and Yala.
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“Many people come to my office on a daily basis to beg for jobs, even as a cleaner, but the opportunity is not there. So if you have it, it is your responsibility to take it seriously, because to whom much is given, much is expected. We intend to give the best quality and quantitative education to Cross Riverians. And, I can tell you that all the Board members and Directors that are here today are very serious minded people. We will not compromise our standard for anyone,” he emphasised.
Dr Odey warned that those who are found wanting will be made to face disciplinary action. “This is not a place where people stroll in and out. If I call for attendance register and you are not regular to work, just be reassured that you are on your way out. We have given the power to the principal to discipline anyone who is not ready to work here” he said.
The SUBEB Boss called on Staff and the general public to utilise the opportunity and send their children to the vocational school.
According to him “we have three of these schools in the State, Abi,Yala and Akpabuyo. This one in Akpabuyo principally is a vocational school, there will be a lot of trades and skills for learning. We have done some procurement, we are expecting some gigantic equipment here. This is why people should take advantage of this place, what pupils will receive here is more than just a formal education.”
Board Secretary, Cyril Itam also advised teachers to always ensure that they teach students with instructional materials to aid understanding, adding that where there are none teachers should always improvise and make use of what is available around them.
Also speaking the Director of Admin, Emmanuel Ojong said the UBEC school Akpabuyo, just like its other two schools in Abi and Yala is a fully furnished boarding school where students will be properly groomed. He further advised teachers to be exemplary and avoid culpable situations.
“We assure you that we will give you everything you require to the best of our ability and you have to reciprocate by carrying out your duty,” he said.
To ensure a conducive environment for staff and pupils, the Board Chairman has directed the provision of 24 tables and chairs for staff as well as the immediate repairs of the school borehole.