By Jon Egie

Mr. Jide Akikuya Reesource Persons

In an attempt to meet up with the trend of information technology, primary school teachers in Delta State have called on the state government, oil companies operating in the state, DESOPADEC, the NDDC and other corporate bodies to provide audio/video cassettes and computer system, to all primary schools in Delta State in order to facilitate effective record keeping.

The call was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of a 5 – day capacity building workshop organized by the Delta State Universal Basic Education Board in conjunction with Federal College of Education (Technical) Asaba, under the auspices of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), which held at the Government College, Ughelli from Monday, Nov. 14 to Friday, Nov. 18.
350 participants of the workshop included primary school teachers, assistant head teachers, head teachers, supervisors and education managers.

The participants registered their over all appreciation to the federal government’s UBE scheme which according to them has brought fresh oil into the educational system particularly basic and primary, through the teacher retraining workshops.

The communiqué said the workshop exposed the participants to fresh knowledge that can be applied for the promotion of education in the state.

They however expressed dissatisfaction at the way they were kept in the dark about their remuneration while the workshop lasted and recommended that in subsequent retraining programmes, participants should be aware ahead of time of the financial benefits accruable from such programmes.

The workshop expressed disgust at the absence of useful transcripts for pupils changing from one school to the other and recommended that all primary schools in Delta State should demand transcripts before admitting pupils from other schools.

They appreciated the fact that continuous assessment enables educators and guidance counselors to tailor the young individual towards his talent-oriented career resulting in a happy individual that can contribute to the growth of the economy.

Locating the many social problems facing Nigeria like kidnapping, cultism and armed robbery on the failure of the preventive aspect of guidance and counseling, the workshop as a measure of remedy, called on government to institutionalize functional guidance counseling programmes in the primary school system and support existing ones.

Workshop observed that the implementation of continuous assessment is at the teacher and hence called for a central control of the exercise.

Participants also noted the undue delay of payment of salaries and called on the relevant authorities to pay the primary school teachers salaries and allowances as at when due to facilitate teaching and learning.
The communiqué was signed by Rev. Akpodiete B.C representing Patani L.G (Chairman), Mr. Egie John representing Ughelli North (Secretary), Mr. Omoraro Francis representing Isoko South,( member), Mrs. Aruybe Grace representing Warri South West (Member), Mrs. Ichofe Felicia representing Ughelli South (Member) and Mr. Meslore Fredrick representing Bomadi (Member).