By George Onah
Port Harcourtâ€”Troubled by the poor quality of teachers in secondary schools in Rivers State, the state government says only university graduates would be recruited as teachers in all its post-primary schools henceforth.
Accordingly, the government said it would continue to manage primary schools and only formulate policies for secondary education, while the management of secondary schools would rest on teachers and communities.
Governor Chibuike Amaechi, who disclosed the new academic arrangement at a special thanksgiving service for Bishop Chinasa Nwosui in Port Harcourt yesterday, said inadequate staffing of quality teachers in secondary schools in the state was having effect on children in tertiary institutions, stressing it was necessary to check the drift.
He said, â€œthe current situation where schools are managed by the schools management board has not proven to be effectiveâ€.
Amaechi, however, explained that proposed free education would be financed by proceeds from the proposed social tax that would be managed by a board of trustees, with a view to accommodating children of poor parental background.
At the ceremony which was to mark the 50th birthday of the clergyman, the governor said government would continue to train and retrain teachers to improve their standard.
Adding that government would put in place the necessary framework for effective management of public infrastructure.
Amaechi said he was not unaware of the high level of decay and apathy in society towards public infrastructures, pointing out that the policy of his administration was to â€œfirst provide the needed infrastructure, especially in the area of education and health, and then institutionalize a legal system for effectiveâ€.
Already, government, he said, was working towards putting in place a permanent measure to check the traffic situation in Port HarcourtÂ as well as restore the lost glory of the garden city.
He urged Christians to always support their spiritual leaders and worship for love, and not for prosperity, as it is the common practice at present.