By Jon Egie

 

Chief Pius Omubaye

The new Education Secretary for Ughelli North Local Government Education Authourity (LGEA), Chief Pius Akpowevwe Omubaye has called for a synergy of all stakeholders in the education industry to raise the standard of primary education in the local area.

Chief Omubaye who resumed office on Tuesday, May 8, as Education Secretary after being sworn in by the Ughelli North Council chairman, Hon Godwin Adode, succeeds Evang Peter Emazobi whose tenure in office expired on Friday, May 3.

Until his appointment, Chief Omubaye was a career civil servant who retired on August 7, 2018 as Director of Education (Inspectorate and Quality Assurance Dept) Ministry of Basic Education, Asaba. He holds a Masters degree in Health Education.

The new Education Secretary promised to deploy his wealth of experience with full commitment to ensure that the standard of education in the area is raised.

He noted that education is a public interest service and hence, the need for all stakeholders, including parents and guardians, school heads, teachers, staff of the LGEA office as well as political leaders to synergize for achievement of the common purpose of child development through the process of teaching and learning is of immense importance.

He recalled that in the not too distant past, teaching service delivery personnel were very committed and the learners tried to excel in knowledge acquisition resulting in an outcome that was robust as teachers and learners were aiming at excellence and parents and guardians were proud of their wards and children because they saw positive change in behavior in them.

“But now, the spirit to excel is no longer observable in the learners, the commitment on the part of the teachers does not seem to be there anymore and as the learners can only receive what they are given by the teachers, there is a decline in the overall standard.

“That is why a synergy of all stakeholders is needed to work out a solution for the improvement of the falling standard of education especially at the public primary school system.” He said.

He pointed out that as a major beneficiary of a sound education system, the educational policies put in place by the Delta state government are very sound but for challenges in the areas of implementation by teaching and non-teaching personnel as well as dearth of infrastructure and other factors that contribute to conducive learning environment “where all these can work together to contain the decline in standard of education.”

He warned teachers to desist from every form of professional misconduct varying from illegal collection of fees, dereliction of duty, truancy and irregular school attendance and also cautioned parents against unwarranted interference in public primary school business that could hamper the process of teaching and learning and charged them to be committed towards the provision of learning materials including school uniforms for their children and wards.