By Uche Amunike
The Golden Tulip Hotel, Agulu witnessed an assemblage of education stakeholders as the Anambra State Education Project, in collaboration with the Ministry of Basic Education, held a one-day retreat for new education appointees in the state.
While declaring the event open, Governor Willie Obiano, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof Solo Chukwulobelu, explained that the significance of the retreat was to ensure that the participants truly understood the education policy of his administration as they were expected to be the drivers of policies in their various offices.
He was emphatic about the stakeholders understanding that education centred on the liberation of the human mind and envisioned that Anambra State would continue to operate an education system that raised the confidence levels of the children after their secondary education.
He assured that his administration would not relent in her commitment to provide quality education that was globally competitive, a conducive atmosphere for Anambra children to study in, as well as the welfare of teachers in the state.
While delivering her speech, the Commissioner for Basic Education, Prof Kate Omenugha, explained that the stakeholders present for the retreat included newly appointed board members of the Post Primary School Service Commission (PPSSC); Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board (ASUBEB); the Education Secretaries of the 21 Local Government Areas of Anambra State; the Zonal Directors of both ASUBEB and PPSSC; Zonal Education Officers of the Ministry of Basic Education; Directors; Coordinators; a Permanent Secretary; various Heads of Departments of the Ministry of Basic Education; Directors of ASUBEB and PPSSC, and the Anambra State Education Investment Project, among others.
She urged them to thrive on working as a team for things to work properly in the education sector by understanding themselves and working as a family working for a common goal.
She called on stakeholders to get acquainted with the latest trends in education so as to be a step ahead of their contemporaries across the nation and reminded them that Governor Obiano had set a high standard in the education system and so, required them to keep developing themselves and making good use of their potentials as educationists, so as not to be left behind.
She gave her presentation where she talked about the entire policies that the Ministry had done and how they impacted on the Economic Blueprint and expectations of Governor Willie Obiano from the Basic Education Ministry.
She also presented strategies of moving the education sector forward, describing education as a critical Enabler of the present administration and was therefore, expected to equip students with the tools to withstand global competitiveness.
In doing this, she charged the participants to look beyond the surface and plan into the future at the end of the retreat.
While encouraging stakeholders to find ways of nurturing education as an Enabler, she reminded them of some of the successes the education sector had recorded which included accreditation of Technical Colleges, which, she said, had now been revamped considerably to the extent that they were now included in the NAPTEP Examinations unlike what they met on ground.
She encouraged the participants to learn the shared and core values and endeavour to drive them in their schools. This was even as she frowned against Miracle Centres, saying that if the Ministry registered pupils who were not bona fide students of schools, they would have succeeded in creating room for organized cheating. She therefore urged them to work with their conscience.
The Coordinator of the Anambra State Economic Think Tank, Mr Mac Atasie, also charged the participants to be guided by the Education Policy of the state while carrying out their duties and encouraged them to be professional, efficient and focused in their line of duty.