The Ministry of Education in Abia State has initiated stringent measures to tackle the poor performance of pupils in public primary and secondary schools.
The state’s Commissioner for Education, Mrs Monica Philips, said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Umuahia on Monday that the government was worried by the phenomenon.
Philips explained that the measure included the demotion of headmasters and principals whose schools consistently posted poor results in final examinations.
She further said that stiffer sanctions would be introduced in schools to check truancy and absenteeism by the teachers. “We also made it compulsory that teachers should teach at least five subjects, including English language and mathematics each day,’’ she said.
The commissioner said the measures were part of government’s efforts to bring back sanity to public schools and ensure better performance by the students.
This administration is determined in its efforts to ensure that sanity returns to our schools. The government will no longer tolerate indiscipline on the part of teachers and students,’’ she said.
She charged the principals, headmasters and headmistresses to ensure the effective monitoring and supervision of their teachers and students.
Philips said the ministry would collaborate with the civil defence corps for the arrest of students in uniform found to be loitering during school hour. She also said the government’s welfare package for teachers included promotion as and when due as well as their training and retraining.
She said the government had commenced the renovation and furnishing of public schools in the state to make them conducive for teaching and learning.