As the Plateau State Universal Basic Education Board inaugurated 17 new education secretaries last week, they were urged to improve quality in their localities and reducing the number of out-of-school children.
Giving the charge, Chairman of the board, Prof. Mathew Sule, said the poor performance of learners in primary school was disheartening.
He lamented that the results received for pupils in Grades four and five showed that of the 52 candidates examined in Mathematics, only five scored 50 per cent and above, while 47 ( 71.1% of the candidates) scored below 40 per cent; while in English Language, eight of the candidates scored below 40 per cent and all others made above 50 per cent.
He said the results had far reaching implications on the quality of basic education teachers.
“l state that the pre-mordial challenges facing education stems partly from the poor readiness of school managers which may be more severe among teachers at the foundation level, “ he said.
Sule, also, charged all the Education Secretaries to be “ high fliers “ in both subject content mastery and pedagogical knowledge and skills that would guarantee prudence, accountability and transparency given scarce resources.
He, however, warned them not to abuse the privileges of the office, warning that there would be sanctions.
Suleiman also called on them to ensure that all children of school age are enrolled, retained and complete their basic education.
SOURCE: THE NATION