Anambra Teachers Grumble Over Alleged Extortion By Govt

  • Teachers Without Right Qualifications Will Be Disengaged Soon, Says Education Commissioner

Teachers in Anambra State are grumbling over what they consider to be extortion by the state government.

Reliable sources informed NewsProbe on Thursday that the state government was forcing teachers in public secondary schools across the state to pay the sum of N2,000 for ICT.

A message reportedly sent to principals of public secondary schools in the state reads, “Please principals let your teachers know that #2000 for ICT is mandatory. This is an order from the governor. There is no option. Make sure you submit the list of those who have paid and their money to zonal bursar on or before tomorrow the 19th of July to avoid embarrassment .The Commissioner. for Education is not taking this lying low. ”

Some of the Principals who got this message told NewsProbe that this was nothing but extortion.

One of them said, “If this is truly a good intention, why must it be mandatory, especially the money… including even those teaching Computer?

“A very solid foundation Mr Peter Obi laid in the Education sector has now been destroyed.

“Peter Obi supplied hundreds of laptop computers to every secondary school in Anambra state. Is there any reason packing over 100 teachers in one small room and merging them in fours per laptop when laptops in every school are there rotting away? The intention is just that money and nothing more.”

NewsProbe gathered that the directive was first passed to the principals through the zonal directors of education in each of the six education zones of Anambra state and many teachers refused to pay prompting the state government to now resort to what some of the principals called intimidation. The government warned that anyone who didn’t pay the money would face serious sanctions.

Teachers Without Right Qualifications Will Be Disengaged Soon

So far, efforts to get the reaction of the Commissioner for Basic Education,  Prof Kate Omenugha, have not been successful. Meanwhile, the Anambra State Ministry of Basic Education has given up to December 31 as deadline for teachers without the right teaching qualifications to acquire it or be disengaged from the system.

This is contained in a press release signed by Public Relation Officer (PRO) of the Ministry, Mr Nnaemeka Egwuonwu, for commissioner for Basic Education, Prof. Kate Omenugha.

According to the release, this is in line with an earlier directive of the Minister of Education to disengage teachers without requisite teaching qualification by December.

The state Ministry of Information reported that a reminder was earlier addressed to the Chairman, Post Primary Schools Service Commission (PPSSC), Anambra State Universal Basic Education (ASUBEB) and Education Secretaries.

It referred to the Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria’s (TRCN) letter of April 24, which amplified the Minister’s directive.

The reminder said that qualified teachers should be registered and licenced by TRCN in line with section 17; sub-section 2 of the enabling law establishing the council.

“I advise those teaching without the requisite teaching qualifications to endeavour to acquire same before on or December 2019 deadline,’’ the release added.

Meanwhile, Prof. Omenugha has tasked teachers in the federation to utilise the human capital development projects of governments at all levels to build their capacities for greater service delivery.

Omenugha said this at the leadership training organised for teachers in South-East states in Umuahia, the capital city of Abia state by the National Teachers Institute (NTI).

The commissioner noted that there was need for teachers to be computer literate to fit into the 21st century teaching and learning process.

She added that teachers being computer literate would help them to discharge their duties effectively.

Prof. Omenugha said that the recipient of 2017 World best teacher award Mr Clement Okodo was rewarded because of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) training that he received through state government’s capacity building system.

Okodo is a teacher at Central School, Abagana, Anambra State.

One of the participants, a teacher at Community Secondary School, Ifite-Anam, Anambra State, Mrs Helen Echekwube commended NTI for organising the training.

She added that the training would help them to improve teachers in their career path.

Mrs Echekwube, however, thanked the state government for giving her and other Anambra participants the opportunity to be part of the capacity building initiative.

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