Ebie Tasks Education Stakeholders On Of Sector Development

THE Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chiedu Ebie has charged managers in the education sector to close ranks for the development of the sector and the general benefit of school children in the state.
Mr. Ebie stated this when he played host to board members and management staff of the State Universal Basic Education Board, (SUBEB), led by its Chairman, Comrade Elijah Ologe in his office.
He posited that government would not play politics with education matters, as education is one of the focal points in the state government’s SMART agenda. He further stated that government would do everything to improve the level of educational infrastructure, equipment/teaching aids and capacity building, as well as welfare of teachers, pupils and students.
The commissioner said he was not unmindful of the challenges facing the sector, especially funding, and assured that Senator Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration was working to get past this trying period and has started the restructuring of the state finances in order to get the state back on its feet.
Ebie further stated that this administration not only recognised the importance of qualitative education, but also recognised the importance of teachers in the development of society and our children in particular.
Whilst highlighting that circumstance make it impossible for all the issues to be dealt with immediately, he nonetheless, assured the Union that the issues listed in their ‘shopping’ list will be looked into, with a view to addressing them within reasonable time.
Earlier, the Chairman, SUBEB, Comrade Elijah Ologe, had commended the appointment and the warm reception of the Commissioner, while requesting the Commissioner to look into many of the challenges facing the board, which include non-accessibility of its overhead for over six months, payment of counterpart fund from 2013 to date, among others.
Similarly, the Permanent Secretary, Post Primary Education Board (PPEB), in his address enumerated their challenges to include inability to train teachers regularly, inadequate funding, stagnation of teachers, amongst others. He equally pleaded with the commissioner to address the problems to enable them effectively carry out their functions.
On his part, the Chairman, National Union of Teachers (NUT), Comrade Jonathan Jemirieyigbe commended the commissioner for taking the initiative to schedule the meeting with the Union, which he stated was a first of its kind in the Education ministry. He said that the Union was no longer interested in embarking on industrial action to press home their demands but would resort to dialogue as canvassed by the commissioner.
Comrade Jemirieyigbe also listed out 14 critical points with emphasis on no- release of fund for the first and second term examinations, delay in payment of primary school teachers salaries, delay in the promotion of teachers and inadequacy of schools, following the return of certain schools to the missions, amongst others. He urged the commissioner to, as a matter of urgency, give his 14-point ‘shopping’ list the urgency it deserves.