AKHA Education Committee Passes Vote Of Confidence On SUBEB Chairman
By Imaobong Linus
February 16, 2020
The Akwa Ibom House of Assembly Committee on education has passed a vote of confidence on the executive chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board, Uyo, (SUBEB), Professor Maria Ikorok.
The House committee chairman, Mr Godwin Ekpo who led other committee members made the accolade during an on the spot visit to the Board's Headquarters, Idongesit Nkanga Secretariat, Uyo, as part of its oversight function to assess its activities and Programmes as well as to enhance quality Basic Education delivery in the State.
According to Ekpo, the House Committee on Education decided to visit SUBEB as part of its oversight function to interact with the Board members to know how the Board is faring, what it intends to do and to ascertain areas that needs assistance with a view to making recommendations for attention.
While assuring the House's support to the board to achieve its vision and goals for Basic Education in the state, he noted that the Committee's visit was not to witch-hunt the Board.
He used the visit to call on contractors handling Government projects in schools to ensure that standards were maintained adding that the House Committee would not fail to recall contractors who performed below stipulated specifications.
Members of the committee took time to engage the SUBEB chairman on areas including recruitment of Teachers, training and retraining, measures to revive local language in schools, truancy among pupils, lack of commitment of some teachers, school's infrastructure, security among other areas of concern.
The lawmakers expressed satisfaction with the performance of SUBEB so far and commended the board for procuring Hilux vehicles and motorcycles to enhance school monitoring.
Ikorok while welcoming the legislators expressed the hope that the visit will not only satisfy a requirement for collaboration of the board with the committee as it will foster Understanding and appreciation of the responsibilities of every facet of community towards quality basic education.
Ikorok, informed the Committee that SUBEB has established functional 1054 School Based Management Committee in the State, 67 of which have been awarded funds for self-help projects, adding that at present the board oversees 1164 public primary schools.
She listed activities of the Board under her watch to include recruitment of 3,000 NCE teachers, judicious use of the UBE matching intervention project grant facilitated by the governor in collaboration with Universal Basic Education Commission, Abuja, training and retraining of teachers, participation in National activities among others.
The SUBEB boss particularly applauded Emmanuel's huge investments in basic education as reflected in the new look that schools are wearing across the state.
While fielding questions from the parliamentarians,Ikorok presented a list of items distributed to schools such as educational materials, plastic tables/seats, dual desks, science equipment, and computers among others.
She mentioned the challenges facing the board to include:chequered participation in the Home Grown School Feeding Programme with omission of many schools, encroachment on school lands by community members as well as vandalisation of property.
The SUBEB chairman, however, noted that State government was on top to implement the resolutions raised during the recent AkwaIbom Education Summit which would convincingly address the aforementioned challenges.
The don attributed the successes of the support and cooperation of the board members and staff.
The House Committee during a site inspection on the ongoing construction of a 3-classroom block and the UBEC South-South zonal administrative office, at St Michaels African Primary School, EffiatOffot, Uyo, expressed satisfaction at the level of work done by the contractors. The team however decried the poor state of work done by the contractor handling the renovation of a 4-classroom block at Government Technical College Ewet, Uyo.
The chairman, therefore, directed the contractor to return to site and deliver according to the job specification.
On hand to receive the legislators were the board members 1-3, Mr Bernard Duncan, Bishop Ime Ekpe, Mrs Inibehe Etukudo, the permanent secretary, Elder Ezekiel Umoh, solicitor general/ Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Uduak Nsa Esq., permanent secretary, ministry of finance, Mrs Eme Imuk, director pre-primary/primary education, ministry of education, Theresa Attih Esq., SUBEB directors and staff.