The Rivers State Senior Secondary School Board has maintained that it will deal decisively with any principal or teacher caught extorting money or fees from students in government schools.
The state secondary school Board Chairperson Grace Akpogunum stated this while monitoring school’s resumption compliance across the Local government in Rivers state says the board is happy with the high turnout of teachers and students of secondary schools in the state over school resumption. She noted that in the schools visited over 95% of teachers reported to work while 85% of students were also in attendance. She attributed the high turn out to the efforts of the Rivers state government on improving welfare of teachers in the state while also remodeling and equipping public schools in the state
‘’There is an improvement in what used to happen in the past, before now when schools reopen we have to go and beg the students to come back to school but in the three schools visited in three local government areas the students are happy, we can see that the students are happy in coming back to school to unlike what was obtainable in the past.’’
‘’Some students were absent because maybe their parents are yet to come back from the villages.
The State Chairperson of Rivers State Senior Secondary School Board Grace Akpogunum also hinted that the governor has released money for the purchase of Science equipment’s for student in the SS3 Class to begin early preparations of science practical’s to enable the teachers also to resume early practice in preparation for the forth coming WAECs Exams.
she said ”We must thank His Excellency Chief Barrister Nyesom Wike for approving the funds for us to purchase science materials, we’ve bought some and will buy more, I told the school principals to come in 3 weeks’ times to collect the materials because his excellency has instructed us to buy and distribute to them, ‘’I want to appeal to teachers to kindly make use of all materials we give them to teach our students, this is our SS3 Class exams time and we take it very seriously we would be focusing more on the SS3 class this term because by third term the SS3 Class won’t be with us, the teachers should utilize the science equipment/materials for students writing WAEC’’
‘’The senior schools board Boss added ”we also appeal to the teachers to ensure that science students begin early preparation, not waiting for when WAEC comes then the student will be looking for teachers who would help them produce end point to titrate and do chemistry practical’s. honestly we must appreciate the Governor he is doing well for schools in the state’’.
Our correspondent reports that the board monitored school’s resumption in three local government areas in the state. Namely, Community Secondary school Alode Eleme LGA, Government Secondary school Eneka OBIOAKPOR and Igwuritta Community Secondary School in Ikwerre local government area