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Soludo inaugurates ASUBEB, PPSSC Boards

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By Christian Aburime

GOVERNOR of Anambra State, Chukwuma Charles Soludo, has reconstituted the boards of Anambra Universal Basic Education Board (ASUBEB) and Post-Primary Schools Service Commission (PPSSC).

  Governor Soludo performed the function at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia.

  Dr. Mrs Vera Nkiru Nwadinobi will serve as Chairman of ASUBEB with Mrs Ifeyinwa Rose Anatune, Dr Mrs Kanayo Chukwurah, Mrs Theresa Chinyere Azodo, Mrs June Ndidi Odegbo, Mrs Agnes Ifeoma Obi, Mrs Agatha Marcellus Ajuora, Mrs Fidelia Agbaizu, Mrs Chibueze Nonye Cecilia, Mrs Theresa Udemezue Okoye, Dame Chinyere Mbakwe, Mrs Uche Egbusi, Dr Uchenna Ezeani, Mrs Ebele Mgbemena and Hon Ejike Okechukwu as members.

  Prof. Nkechi Perpetua Ikediegwu will serve as Chairman of PPSSC with Dr Mrs Nkiru Naomi C Obianika, Mrs Ngozi Benedine Anagor, Dr Mrs Uchenna Okeke ,  Dr Mrs Bibiana Chijoke Okoli, Mrs Chiamaka Divine Nwachukwu, Dr Ernest Uzoetoh Chukwuka and  Dr Mrs Ngozi Theresa Ekwunife as members.

  Speaking shortly after the inauguration, Governor Soludo said that each member of the boards were carefully selected, saying that there is a reason behind their unique composition as there are more females in the school system.

  “97 per cent of teachers in our primary schools are women, while 87 per cent of our secondary schools’ teachers are women.  

  “Comparatively, we are not doing badly in the state. But then, like I always say, we are Nigerians but as ndi Anambra and so, we can do better than the level we are currently operating”.

  The governor further said that presently, four categories of schools operate in the state, which he identified as the public-public, mission-public, mission-private and private-private. He, however, stressed that the major concentration of the boards will be on public-public and mission-public schools.

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  According to the governor, “a system is as strong at its weakest link. You are being called to come and remedy. To achieve this, you have to think in a disruptive but positive manner. In some cases, question the norm, but bring about innovation. Take the Nigerian standard as the minimum, but then, there is no maximum limit”, he stated.

  The governor further added, “this is the 21st century. Ask the question of how we can compare with what is happening at the global space. I feel very personal and emotional about this sector and the job, myself being a teacher. Anambra is nothing but the best. We are confident that you will take our education to the next level”.

  “Supervision is part of your role.  We are even thinking of setting up an independent supervisory agency. You’ve got work to do which will require deployment of technology. We will continue to train our teachers because without teachers, there is no world.

  “Anytime I go to schools, I go to the nursery section and what I see through their eyes is their telling me, “my future is in your hands, don’t let me perish.

  “Recruitment , which has been done in three rigorous stages. As you have come, we’ll recruit about four to five thousand teachers. My litmus test for recruiting a teacher is this question- will I be proud to have this person teach my child? After the recruitment, over time, we will be having continuous evaluation because teaching is a vocation for which you must be passionate about.

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  “The future of our educational system is partly in your hands. We want to end the era of schools without teachers and improve the quality of teaching, concluded the Governor”.

  Introducing the members of the boards, earlier, the Head of Service,  Theodora Okwy Igwegbe explained that everything done under the present administration plugs into its vision.

  Igwegbe noted that being a responsible and responsive governor, Professor Soludo understands that a good society cannot be achieved without education.

  In a vote of thanks, the chairpersons of the two boards, Dr. Vera Nwadinobi and Nkechi Perpetua Ikediegwu said that even though they are not the most qualified, they were called upon to perform the onerous task.

  They alluded that the team members are gurus in the assigned roles and expressed optimism that they will deliver on the job.

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