Chairman of the Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board, Ven. Fyneface Ackah has vehemently condemned all forms of illegal collection of fees from pupils, warning that any teacher found culpable of such would be prosecuted.
The state UBE boss gave this warning while declaring open a two-day orientation programme for over 1000 newly employed teachers in the state.
The training, which is billed to hold on Thursday, 6th and Friday, 7th July, 2023, at the St. Andrew’s Primary School, Mile 1, Diobu, Port Harcourt, is aimed at exposing the newly recruited teachers on the expectation of the board as they join the education system.
Ackah also charged the teachers against lateness to work, absenteeism and other negative attitude to work that could tarnish the image of the teaching profession.
He said any teacher that has the intention to enrich himself fraudulently should know that he was at the wrong place, even as he encouraged them to be focused on building the character and knowledge of the children entrusted to their care.
The Rivers State UBE boss emphasized that, “the purpose of the programme is to prepare the minds of the teachers and expose them to the expectations of the board as they join the education system of the state.
“To have them imbibe that right frame of mind that is expected of a teacher, so that when the teacher is seen in the classroom and outside the classroom, he commands not just mere respect, he also commands content.
“The vision of the board is to have teachers who will understand the policy trust of the Rivers State government in driving education successfully. I encourage them to make personal sacrifices that will add value to the system.”
The chairman explained to the teachers that, “the board is responsible for their promotion, discipline, training and transfer”. He added that, “the aim of the universal basic education is to offer free basic education to the children as enshrined in the child right act.”
Ackah, while congratulating the teachers for successfully scaling through the recruitment process, implored them to take their jobs seriously and not forget that they are models to the students.