Why Teachers Must Be ICT Compliant, By Uduaghan

BY SUNDAY EGEDE
DELTA State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has underscored the need for teachers to embrace Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in order to have good working knowledge of the internet and other computer-related activities.
Dr. Uduaghan, speaking during the opening ceremony of the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), held at Nelrose Hotel in Asaba, said that the knowledge of ICT could serve as effective teaching aids.

The governor who spoke through the Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr. Tony Nwaka, observed that the theme of the meeting which is “Information and Communication Technology (ICT) For Effective Administration and Goal Attainment: Challenges to Principals in Nigeria” was most appropriate, relevant and timely because, according to him, it fits into modern trends.
He disclosed that the state government was irrevocably committed in enhancing the capacity building of teachers in the state through training and retraining programmes that would positively impact on teaching and learning process across the state.
For teachers, Dr. Uduaghan said, my belief is that we need to adequate invest in them to get the best results, reiterating that they must constantly train and retrain, on the job in order to boost their efficiency and productivity in their teaching career.
While noting that the quality of learning depends on the quality of teachers in schools, the governor said “that is why it requires the collaborative efforts of all stakeholders in the educational sector to ensure that teachers in our secondary schools are of the best quality”, pointing out that society has a duty to motivate the teachers and portray them well.
In his goodwill message, the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Prof. Patrick Muoboghare who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr. (Mrs.) Maureen Obi-Adakpo, urged members of ANCOPSS to seriously look into issues that had impacted negatively on standards of education which he listed to include cultism, examination malpractice and ineffective control and supervision of teachers by school heads among others.
Earlier, the Delta State Chairman of ANCOPSS, Mrs. Florence Okenrenkporo who applauded the state government for its educationally friendly disposition, however, appealed had to Dr. Uduaghan to assist members of ANCOPSS in the state in the areas of sponsorship to conferences and congresses, provision of car, a 30-seater bus and upward review of subvention among others.
The National President of ANCOPSS, Chief Adeniyi Falade stressed the need for all governments in Nigeria to put the welfare of teachers at all levels on the front burner, adding that a situation where teachers remain poor, ill-motivated and dejected will not augur well for the system even as he maintained that no education system can rise above the quality and welfare of its teachers.