by crossriverwatch admin
The appalling standard in education in Cross River state especially at the primary and secondary school levels is majorly attributable to the lack or little capacity of the teachers at that level to deliver quality teaching to the pupils and students.
Dr Joseph Ebam, the Cross River State Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB) made the revelation in Calabar on Thursday while speaking at the presentation of a reading skills instructional book written by the Provost of the Cross River State College of Education, Professor Owan Eno for free distribution to primary school pupils across the state.
Dr Ebam said that during routine visits and inspection tours to schools, most teachers are found to be lacking in ability to teach basic lessons and often ill prepared to deliver what is expected of them to the pupils.
“Most time I would have loved to delegate my duties to my subordinates but as the head I have to go to such visits and when I come back from such tours I fall sick because of what I see in the schools”.
He said the situation is so bad in some cases such that looking at the chalk board what is written by the teachers is far from the basic educational standard required of them.
“You cannot give what you do not have; most of these teaches are so bad such that in most cases you find that there is no sentence on the board written by them that does not have something to correct”.
Professor, Owan Eno, said the passion to return the lost glory in primary schools motivated him and the co-author, Mrs Oru Ebam to author the book to distribute free to the pupils in the state.
He said he is at pain when the state is seen as backward in education while other states are making progress.
“Two years ago, when we assessed the Common Entrance result, we discovered that it was only Cross River and Bayelsa whose pupils scored below eighty percent while other states did better”
Professor Eno said he had to bring other persons to form a non-governmental organization, Edustar to pull resources together to produce the book.
“NGOs are always waiting for donors from outside the country but we had to pull our resources together to produce the book to distribute free to the pupils across the state”.
He said the book is to be given free to pupils in one hundred primary schools across the state and appealed that any teacher who has earlier been given and instructed how to use the book should stay committed in teaching pupils the skills in the book.
Professor Offiong Offiong, the Cross River State Commissioner for Education in a goodwill, message said the state is doing much in improving the standard of education in the state through development of infrastructure and capacity building for teachers through workshops and retraining programmers.
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