…as SUBEB boss lauds Head teachers’ readiness
By Kehinde Oluwatayo
Chairman, Ondo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Princess Oladunni Odu has commended headteachers and teachers of primary schools for making their environments ready for teaching and learning for pupils as schools resume for the 2019/2020 academic session.
Odu who was represented by Princess Olufunmilayo Brown, a Full Time Member 1 of the board gave the commendation while monitoring schools resumption in Akure, the State capital.
She however reprimanded some of them for lack of preparation for resumption.
According to her, the headteachers whose schools were not made ready would be invited and warned to avoid recurrence of such in the state adding that teachers are supposed to resume one week before resumption to make the school ready for effective teaching and learning.
“Some of the schools visited today were ready as you can see. In fact, some pupils were already in their classes and work has started in some of the schools. But for those who are yet to settle down, their headteachers will be invited to the office for necessary action to prevent future occurrence”.
Speaking on behalf of the Permanent Secretary of the board, Mrs Olufunmilayo Oni, the Director of Schools Services, Dr Tosin Adekugbe disclosed that quality assurance evaluation of schools in the state has fully commenced to ensure proper monitoring for effective teaching and learning to take place.
According to him, there will be regular and continuous quality assurance visit to all the 18 local government areas of the state at least three times in a week from the beginning of the term.
Adekugbe who also disclosed that education officers in the 18 local government areas will be going through a training programme on quality assurance on Thursday noted that they will be trained on how to carry out quality assurance evaluation of schools in their respective local governments.
Speaking on the enrollment of new pupils for the term, Adekugbe said it has increased and attributed it to the enrollment drive conducted by SUBEB/UBEC in some pilot local governments in the state.
He said parents were mobilised and advised to register their wards for the new term.
“As you can see, new pupils are coming to register and we are trying to get the list of indigent students in some of the schools. Where parents cannot afford to purchase uniform for their wards, the permanent secretary has directed that their names should be written down and forwarded to SUBEB, so that government can render assistance to them”.
While speaking on the effort of government to ensure that the schools’ environments are conducive for learning, Adekugbe said both renovation and construction of new buildings are ongoing in schools across the state.
At the first port of call of the monitoring team, Iro Titun Community Primary School, Oshinle quarters, Akure, the teachers were commended for putting everything in order. Although the pupils were few in number, the teachers were on ground and teaching and learning had begun as at 8:50am before the team left the place.
An indigent student who the mother brought was fortunate to arrive at that time as money was released for her textbooks immediately by the permanent secretary.
In Iloro Community Primary School also in Akure, the students were still cleaning the environment at 9:16 am. The headteacher and other staff were advised to show more commitment to their work.
In Ijapo Estate Caring Heart Mega School, teaching and learning was already on going.
In Local Authority Primary School Owode-Araromi, although the students were already in their classes, the environment was still bushy.
A spirited girl, Miracle Olorundahunsi who has just completed her secondary education was in the school to donate 10 free uniforms to some indigent pupils in the school.
She said it was her own way of appreciating God for granting her success in her exams.
In St Anthony Primary School, Alayere in Akure North Local Government, the students were seen running around as at 11:25am since learning was not taking place.
The headteacher and other staff were reproved for not doing their work the way it should be done.