February 20, 2016

Akwa Ibom to implement one teacher one subject policy in primary schools


Gov Emmanuel Udom

Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom says the state will soon implement the one teacher one subject policy in public primary schools in Akwa Ibom.

Emmanuel stated this in Eket at the inauguration of five renovated classrooms block at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Ikot Ibiok, Eket, on Saturday.

Mr Andrew Okon renovated and donated five classroom blocks with 60 dual desks as well as five tables and five chairs to St. Paul’s Lutheran School, Eket.

The governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Education, Mr Aniekan Akpan, said that the policy was to ensure quality education.

“Government is coming up with a policy of ensuring that we utilise effectively our own teachers who have specialised in different areas starting from next year.

“We want to gradually move from the old Teachers Training College arrangement from next session.

“ We will have teachers of mathematics teaching mathematics in all the classes,’’ Emmanuel said.

According to him, a teachers that teaches different subjects is not making use of his knowledge well and not helping the system.

“Rather than keeping one teacher to be a master of all or to be teaching all subjects, we better create professionalism and division of labour in teaching.

“From studies, we have discovered that is not really helping and preparing the children for further education.

“But they can still go round other classes to teach, we want to fully utilised the capacity of the teachers that we have in the primary school, for now they are not fully utilised,’’ he said.

He said the state government had commenced distribution of computers to public primary and secondary schools in the state, adding that computers would be sent to St Paul’s Luthuran School next week.

The governor said that his administration was passionate about education and promised to support schools across the state.

The governor appealed to the people to assist school management to protect infrastructure provided by the state government.

In his remarks, the Transitional Chairman of Eket, Mr Frank Archibong, commended the philanthropist who paid the bills for the renovation.

He urged other well to do stakeholders, public spirited individuals and corporate organisations to emulate him.

Also speaking, Mrs Grace Etok, the Head Teacher of the school, expressed appreciation to God and the philanthropist for the initiative.

Etok called on government to build a perimeter fence round the school to check trespassing and stealing.

The pupils of the school had over the past years been sitting on bare floor to read and write.