IKA WEEKLY – The 2007 annual conference of Chief Inspectors of Education (CIE) in Delta State was held last week at Marymount College, Boji-Boji Owa. It was a forum of stakeholders of education in the local and state Government level to deliberate on issues that concerns education in the state.
The Chairman of the occasion, Dr. I.S. Ehijene, in his address said the role of Chief Inspectors do not only revolve on interpreting government polices, but also the priority to direct teachers along the right line for the overall benefit and development of education industry in the state.
He urged the government to appreciate the roles and worth of Chief Inspectors by creating condulsive working environments, equipment, funds and logistics, so that their duties would be effectively discharged and enhanced, adding that socio-economic development of any nation is anchored on education.
Dr. Ehijene implored educationalists to hold fast to their undivided loyalty to the course of educational development, since in due time, they will reap their rewards.
The Chief Inspector of Education Ika North East LGA, Mr. Alexander Ukubeyinje, who played host to other CIE in the state, said significant improvement has been recorded since he assumed the position of CIE in Ika North East LGA, adding that there are several problems associated with education in the local government Area which include lack of teaching aid, textbooks and other infrastructure.
He added that about 4,680 students in primary and secondary schools seat on the floor, to write their papers due to lack of seats.
Mr. Ukubeyinje noted that the poor state of buildings and structures in Ika Grammar school is disheartening, and appealed to old boys and kind-hearted individuals to remedy the situation, pointing that the children need not sit on the floor because of contractors acrimony with the ministry.
Mr. Bode Thomas Antianro, the Managing Director of Christiana Nursery/Primary school, Agbor called on the Education Ministry to release the certificates of first school leaving certificate Exams of 1998 set and other years that are yet to be released.
Other issues discussed at the conference include advertisement of exams in Delta State by schools in Edo State as miracle centres, 15% salary increase and teachers promotion without implementation.
Responding on behalf of the CIEs, Mr. M.O. Aziza said most of the issues deliberated upon have been brought to the commissioner’s attention and that he is currently looking into them.
The conference was attended by all the CIEs in the state, eminent educationalist and intellectuals and a host of others.