ALL Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPPS) in the five eastern states, on Tuesday, assembled at Professor Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre, Awka, in Anambra State for a three-day mandatory professional training.
By Ukpa Ewa
Addressing participants, Governor Willie Obiano, represented by the Director, Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Ray Offor, stated that teaching profession in Nigeria had not attained full maturity as a profession in Nigeria.
He acknowledged that the ministry was faced with the challenges of fighting corruption and examination malpractice squarely in the state as the state ranked 5% currently from recent rating; adding that exam malpractice could be curbed to zero percent if principals worked hard.
“Malpractice can only drop if we receive the cooperation of principals. If our principals take note of their schools and ensure that students do what they are supposed to do, provide enabling environment, teach the students rather than write examinations for them. When you teach your students, they in-turn write their exams on their own and own the certificate. With your support, the state will be free of examination malpractice.”
Offor thanked ANCOPSS for joining hands with the government in making teaching a good profession.
Chairman, Nigerian Union of Teachers, Anambra State, Ifeanyi Ofodile, who applauded the efforts of federal and state governments on mandatory training for teachers on quality education, extolled teachers for their great work in the system.
Continuing, Ofodile affirmed that, “Adoption of ICT for Effective Service Delivery in School Management in Nigeria ” and ” Due Process in School Management As Instrument for Accountability and Prudence for Principals in Nigeria” theme was in line with modern days teaching technique, thus, teachers needed to be equipped with best global practices and professional tools to meet the demands of their job.
Earlier in her speech, Mrs. Ngozi Eke stated that ASCOPSS is a professional body that builds leaders and Anambra State branch had been active in all its activities through the cordial relationship that exists between ASCOPSS and the government.
Issues raised by members of the Profession were Lack of Vacancy Position for Senior Grade Level 16, recruitment of teachers to teach all subjects offered in schools and a parcel of land for ANCOPSS in the state capital as other states.
The event brought together principals from Enugu, Abia, IMO, Anambra and Ebonyi states, government representatives, Chief Nzemeka Olisa, Lady Joy Ulasi, amongst other reputable personalities.
Climax of the event featured presentation of award prizes to winners of Essay and quiz competition organised by the state education zone in Awka.