By Cynthia Igbokwe
In bid to raise the academic standard of secondary schools in Anambra State, the Post Primary Schools Service Commission (PPSSC), has taken both principals of public and private schools on a six-day informative retreat.
The event, Fides gathered, which held at Madonna Renewal Centre Nkpor, commenced on Monday, 6th August and ended on 14th, with the theme, “School Principals in the Twenty-First Century Knowledge Economy”. It attracted principals across the state who were groomed on how best to lead and impact qualitative education on Twenty-First century students.
Mrs Eucharia Anarado, Head of monitoring and evaluation, PPSSC Headquarters, Awka, while presenting a paper on, “Uniform Pattern of Writing a Lesson Note in Anambra State Secondary Schools”, described lesson notes as the teachers’ road map of what students needed to learn and how it would be done to achieve the desired objective.
Mrs Anarado insisted that for effective teaching and learning process, the teacher should have a comprehensive idea of the subject she would teach, while she advised teachers to make use of appropriate textbooks and surf the internet to equip themselves and to gather value based facts about the subject matter.
She also harped on the need of having a uniformed Lesson Note by all the secondary schools in Anambra State to avoid biased teaching and learning process.
Contributing, the Anambra State Commissioner for Basic Education, Professor Kate Omenugha, called on school principals to be responsible in raising the education standards of their various schools for improved academic excellence.
The Commissioner further urged the Principals to always live by example in their various schools, noting that it was the easiest way to make an impact on the young ones.
For her part, the Chairman, PPSSC Commission, Lady Ify Okaro, explained that the Principals’ retreat was an annual event aimed at equipping the head teachers with knowledge that would help them to impact positive change on their students, as well as achieve academic excellence in their various schools.
Lady Okaro commended Governor Willie Obiano and the state Commissioner for Basic Education for transforming the education sector, and assured that the principals and teachers would continue to contribute their quota in the repositioning of the sector for the benefit of the state’s future generation.
In a vote of thanks, a board member of PPSSC, Ogidi Zone, Dr Ngozi Agbasimalo, appreciated the Governor Obiano-led Administration for the ‘all round empowerment of teachers in the state with necessary knowledge and skills to measure up with their counterparts in the global community.’
The event featured the administration of oath of office on newly appointed principals by the Commissioner.