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Rivers govt inaugurates Education Quality Assurance Agency

Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Rivers State GovernorThe Rivers State Government has inaugurated the Education Quality Assurance Agency. The agency will be responsible for inspection, monitoring and evaluation of schools in the state.

The Secretary to the State Government, George Feyii inaugurated the Education Quality Assurance Agency in his office in Port Harcourt. George Feyii during the inauguration tasked the agency to ensure effective monitoring and evaluation of schools in Rivers State.

The Secretary to the State Government said the agency is one of the institutions established by the State Government to ensure that the objectives of the state in the education sector is achieved. “This agency is one of the institutional structures that is being put in place by the State Government to ensure that the objectives of the state in education sector is achieved.”

“After the structures have been built, the most important thing is to begin to monitor the content, what goes on in the schools.” George Feyii said that the agency has a huge responsibility to discharge towards ensuring that Rivers people derive fully the benefits of the investment that have been made in the education sector.

He noted that if the agency fails in its responsibility, it means the State Government will not reap the benefits of its investments in the sector because of the importance of the agency to the state.

Mr Feyii stated that the major responsibility of the agency is to ensure monitoring of every school (primary and secondary) in the state. He added that the state is confident in the ability of the members of the board of the agency to brace up to the challenge of effective supervision of schools in the state.

The members of the board include Prof. Otonti Nduka as  chairman, Prof. A. K. Okorosaye Orubite as Executive Director.

Other members are Dr Aminia Fiberesima representing State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Mrs. Margaret Benebo Briggs representing Senior Secondary School Board (SSSB), Loveday Amietamunopiri representing Association of Primary School Head Teachers of Nigeria (AOPSHON), Moses Adiela representing Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Wigwe Samuel representing Rivers State Ministry of Education and Moses Barawi, an ICT expert.

In the meantime, the Rivers State Commissioner for Education, Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi has asked the agency to ensure strict inspection, monitoring and evaluation of schools in the state.

She stated this when members of the Education Quality Assurance Agency paid her a courtesy visit in her office in Port Harcourt. Alice Lawrence-Nemi asked the agency to ensure that the vision of the State Government is well manifested as they commence their duties in the state.

“We want to use this opportunity to ask you to ensure that the vision of the State Government in the education sector is well manifested as you commence your activities today. The Ministry is quite aware of the challenges associated with this task but we believe you will never let us down.

“Effective monitoring and evaluation is what we want to see in our schools. The State Government is not just building schools alone but  wants to ensure that high standards are maintained in the schools.” Lawrence-Nemi said the Education Quality Assurance Agency will bring sanity in the state’s education system.

She, however, tasked the head teachers and principals to cooperate with the agency as the agency is there to ensure that standards are maintained in schools and not to punish anybody.

In his response, the Chairman, Rivers State Education Quality Assurance Agency, Prof. Otonti Nduka promised that honesty and integrity will be their watch-word. He stated that the agency will ensure that the objectives of the agency are met.

Prof Nduka noted that the agency will ensure the implementation of the National Policy on Education with a view to maintaining quality in all early childhood care development and educational centres, primary and secondary schools in the state.

“The bottom line is, however, ensuring the implementation of the National Policy on Education with a view to maintaining quality assurance in all early childhood care development and educational centres.”

The Chairman of the Agency also said that the board is mandated to develop policies and plans for the implementation by the Executive Director to facilitate the monitoring, evaluation and supporting of the performance of teachers in public and private schools in the State.

Prof Nduka added that it would no longer be business as usual in the area of inspection of schools in Rivers State.

“The pursuit of such values will sound death knell to a lot that goes on in the educational system and will constitute a veritable challenge to the status quo, both within and outside the school environment. It is on such perilous journey that we are embarking. It is no longer business as usual”.

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