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A’Ibom education boss links teacher’s respect to self commitment

Posted: May 20, 2015 at 12:32 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Idongesit Ashameri  –  Correspondent, Uyo


Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Education, Prof. Atim Antai, said school teachers who desire respect can only earn such through hard work, self commitment and knowledge of their subject matter.

These factors, according to Atai are important for teachers because learners are quick at detecting incompetence and quackery among teachers especially at the primary school level.

Flagging off a capacity building workshop for primary school teachers in Ikot Ekpene over the weekend, Antai urged the participants to apply themselves diligently to the workshop for their individual benefits and that of the school system.

“I charged my teachers to work hard to earn the respect of their pupils through knowledge of their subject matter, competence and dedication to duty.

“This is important now as every learner, even in primary schools, is quick to detect incompetence and quackery among teachers,” she said.

She explained that teachers as critical stakeholders in the delivery of quality educational services in the state are indispensable change agents without which there can be no transformation in the sector and the country. The Commissioner noted that education globally, is imperative for economic, political and social enhancement.

Chairman, Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (STAN), Akwa Ibom State branch, Udeme Udofia, said the workshop was aimed at updating the capacity of teachers in public primary schools in the state to ensure quality teaching and learning take place at that level of education.

This, he said, “is of great importance to us since it will aid in laying solid foundation for the pupils to meet the challenges at various education levels as they progress in life.”

Speaking further at the workshop, the third in the series, he listed English Language, Mathematics, Basic Science and Technology, and Civic Education, as some of the subjects under consideration at the workshop.