By Nnaemeka Egwuonwu and Obiageli Nwankwo
ANAMBRA Academic retreat organised for headteachers has ended with the re-introduction of handcraft and skill acquisition in schools across the state.
The training was organsed by the Anambra State Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the state Universal Basic Education Board for headteachers from the three senatorial zones of the state .
Speaking during the retreat held in Awka, Commissioner for Education, Ngozi Chuma- Udeh stated that the state would not train pupils who will carry arms to terrorise the state, saying that the re-introduction of handcraft in schools will commence next academic session.
She tasked the head teachers to ensure that this is implemented as the state wants to raise pupils who will contribute positively to the growth of the state by learning a skill that will help pupils become self-reliant on leaving the four walls of the school.
The retreat sessions witnessed the unveiling of the state biometrics portal and Prof Chuma-Udeh , hinting of Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s plans to lift education and provide value and skill based education to Anambra children.
Prof Chuma – Udeh intimated the head teachers about current trends in the education sector and the need for them to embrace the change that is coming in the sector’s next academic session.
She stated that the Soludo-led administration is out to raise digitalised people, adding that the education sector would not be left behind.
Commissioner Chuma-Udeh disclosed that the state biometrics portal would be an integral part of the education system starting next academic session.
She called on schools yet to have their biometrics done to do so in order not to be left behind when schools resume in September this year.
The commissioner opined that all primary schools in the state would have been captured by the state biometrics team and data uploaded in the biometric portal on or before the end of September this year.
She underscored the importance of primary school teachers and their role in education, stressing that the primary sector is a cardinal part of the education system as it serves as the foundation that carries other aspects of education, hence the need to get it right at that level.
In his remarks, the Chairman, House Committee on Education, Ejike Okechukwu assured the head teachers of better days while appreciating the teachers’ tenacity and doggedness in educating umu akwukwo Anambra.
Earlier in her address, the officer in charge, Anambra State Universal Basic Education Commission, Mrs Ogochukwu Obi stated that a major concern of the government is to improve the quality of education provided for learners in primary schools.
Also speaking, Assistant Chairman, Association of Primary School Heads of Nigeria (APSHON), Mrs Vivian Nwankwo appreciated efforts of the state in organising the academic retreat, adding that teachers have learnt a lot and would deploy the teachings in their schools for the good of umu-akwukwo Anambra.
She also stated that APSHON solidly supports the state’s determination to restructure the educational sector.
Headteachers were educated on how the biometrics portal works and what they can do with the portal to enhance effective service delivery and rapid response from the government to challenges faced by schools in the state