By Samuel Oyadongha
Bayelsa State Commissioner for Education, Prof Tuemi Asuka said the crusade against HIV/AIDS scourge would continue to be a mirage if primary and secondary school teachers are not adequately trained to inculcate in students acceptable moral and medical values for the prevention of the disease.
Prof Asuka who stated this in Yenagoa while receiving members of the State Project Advisory and Advocacy Committee under the Global Fund Support on the Training of Teachers on Family Life on HIV and AIDS Education Implementation reiterated the preparedness of the ministry to collaborate with the committee to eradicate the scourge of HIV/AODS disease in the state.
The commissioner assured the committee of the ministry’s willingness to support them within the limit of available resources through effective collaboration with the State Action Committee on Aids SACA.
He said the present administration was aware of their role in training Bayelsans on the danger of HIV/AIDS as it affects the society and urged them not to rest on their oars until desired objective is achieved.
Earlier, the Desk Officer of the State Project Advisory and Advocacy Committee on HIV/AIDS, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Fortune Dorgu had told the commissioner that the disease has attracted global attention.
She enumerated some of the problems confronting the committee to include lack of interest on the part of teachers for the retraining on data collection.
Mrs. Dorgu also decried the refusal of school principals to collate and send data from the prospective schools and appealed to the commissioner to include the committee’s financial needs in the 2012 budgetary provision.