The Executive Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Stephen Odey has said that an award system will be set up to reward best performing Head teachers and Teachers in this new dispensation.
Odey made this known while interfacing with all head teachers in the Central Senatorial Zone at Velos Commercial Secondary School, Ikom. He said the award system is to reward hard work and also create an environment for healthy competition which will lead to the continuous growth of basic education in the state.
According to him “I want to use this opportunity to announce that this dispensation we are going to set up awards for head teachers and teachers in Cross River State, where those who perform excellently well will be brought to the knowledge of the world. We want to celebrate you and show others that it is good to be hardworking. Hard work, honesty and humility can take you to any level, I charge all the head teachers to instil these three principles in your teachers.”
Odey said the meeting with all head teachers across the three senatorial zones which kicked off with the Central zone was part of the Board’s policy to interface with relevant stakeholders and proffer solutions to challenges.
“the essence of this meeting is to draw up your support and to tell you the next direction we are going to take. As it has always been if you as a leader fails then the system will fail, that is why in every organisation when you have a leader that is upright all other subordinates will follow suit. So we cannot start this new tenure without coming to address you and listen to your challenges so that we can chart the way forward.”
The SUBEB Boss said one of the challenges confronting the basic education sector is the lackadaisical attitude of teachers when it comes to teaching and lesson note writing, and the poor leadership styles of head teachers. He added that to address this, the Board will step up monitoring and visitations to schools.
“The problem I have with you as head teachers, which we are going to seriously deal with in this second tenure is how you drive the process of leadership in your various schools. You must ensure that your teachers write their lesson notes, because in this new dispensation I will be doing a lot of unannounced visitation to schools and if any teacher is found wanting, you the head will be demoted to the class room and transferred to another school no matter your grade level. If you have any child from pry 3 to 6 in your schools that cannot read and write then you are not competent to be a head teacher. You need monitor your teachers, some of them teach only 2 subjects that they know and abandon the rest, the pupils are suffering because you are denying them of acquiring versatile knowledge. It is your duty as a head teacher to make sure that every class has a timetable, monitor your teachers during the lesson period and ensure that they teach all subjects,” he emphasized.
Odey added that in order to instil discipline, head teachers need to lead by example which he said can be done by coming to school early, dressing responsibly and treating all teachers as equals devoid of bias.
While assuring them of Governor Ben Ayade’s commitment towards continuous development of basic education in Cross River State, Odey said the delay in the implementation of promotion was due to the poor financial status of the State. He further stated that steps have already been taken to address that.
“If you look at the financial position of the state you will be sympathetic towards Governor Ben Ayade, it is a difficult task to be a leader, we need to pray for our leaders. We know that incremental steps and promotion are your entitlement and I assure you that we are doing everything we can to implement your promotions before the end of this year. We believe in transparency, which is why in am coming out to say this, I do not make political statements. If I tell you something, it means that I am already working on it, so just exercise a little more patience,” he explained.
The SUBEB Boss warned against trading by teachers in the school premises, he said those who are caught will be made to face stiff sanctions.
The Executive Secretary, Ikom Local Government Education Authority(LGEA), Caroline Okongor expressed gratitude to Governor Ben Ayade for reappointing Stephen Odey as Executive Chairman SUBEB.
She also expressed her gratitude to the Board for creating an avenue to interface one-on-one with relevant stake holders. She further appealed for immediate response to the challenges raised by head teachers for the continuous growth of the basic education sector.
The exercise will continue with Head teachers in the northern senatorial zone on Friday, 12th July and those in the southern zone on Tuesday, 16th July, 2019.