The Executive Chairman of the Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board, Ven. Fyneface Akah has again sounded a note of warning to all Principals and Head teachers of the basic education sector against charging any fees maintaining that education in Rivers State is free.
He also said that the Board has not given authorization to any school head to make uniforms for the school children saying that anyone caught in the act would be made to face the full weight of the law.
The Board Chairman issued the warning on Wednesday while declaring open a 3-day Leadership training programme organized by the Board for Aspiring Head teachers and Supervising Directors held at the Board Headquarters in Port Harcourt
Akah whose keynote address was titled ‘Positive School Change Mission’ however appealed to the participants to show commitment in their job describing Head teachers and Principals as extending arms of the Board whose focus must anchor on educational organization.
He regretted that those who had aspired and are aspiring to be school heads do not have what it takes to head schools noting that as a school head you are not only concerned about the children alone but the community leadership as well as the learning environment among others.
Akah who used the medium to announce the suspension of the Head teacher of CSS Rumuokwurusi in Obio/ Akpor Local Government Area for sending children away because they did not pay registration fee further ordered the Head teacher to hand over to the vice.
According to Akah, all that we need at this time is positive minded School Heads where the principals and the head teachers are up and doing
Stressing further, Akah said all we need is a school head who can go ahead to make sacrifices, who will put more effort when the children are not doing well, who will work in synergy with the community leadership and not a school head who does not have the experience of running a school he said.
While wishing the participants well in the training billed to hold on the 3rd of October 2022, the Board helmsman said we are coming to the time when creative education must go beyond what used to be conventional because basic education is not conventional part of education adding that we must begin to develop creative approach to teaching and learning.
Dr. Akah, on Thursday, inaugurated the Indigenous Languages Teachers Team led by Dr. Ovuchi Justice Agwnu and the Dyslexia Orientation Project led by Mr. Patrick Anyiam.