— Chief Inspector Of Education
The newly posted Chief Inspector Of Education (CIE) for Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State, has during an interactive session with newsmen at his Ministry of Education office within the premises of the Post Primary Education Board, Agbor, on Thursday, January 14, 2021, reaffirmed the state government position that Public and Private Schools in Delta State will resume academic activities for the Second Term of the 2020/2021 Academic Session on Monday, 18th January 2021, as earlier announced by the Delta State government.
Here are the excerpts of the interview. Happy reading.
Good Morning Sir,
Please may we know you?
Ans: I am Mr. Omonigho Abeke Henry, the Chief Inspector Of Education, newly posted to Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State.
Ques: We are aware that Public and Private Schools in the State were supposed to resume on Monday, 11th January 2021, after the Christmas break, before we got the information that it had been shifted to Monday, 18th January 2021, only for us to hear again that the resumption date has been postponed indefinitely.
As a stakeholder in the educational sector, what is the true position of things, so that the masses will be well informed?
Ans: If you say that school resumption has been postponed indefinitely it is not correct, although that is the position of the Federal Government and not the Delta State Government position because education is on concurrent basis that every state wants to decide when to resume school. The Delta State Government has said that schools should resume on Monday, 18th January,2021, from all indications that position still remains.
Ques: As the Chief Inspector of Education in Ika South local government area, what is your advise to your teachers as they resume for the year?
Ans: I will urge them to seat tight, they have to be disciplined, you have to have that emotional intelligence to actually know the different state of their level of learning and also identify the needs of the learners, for the fact that we have lost ground as a result of this COVID-19 pandemic. We have to look at things and offer sacrifices to see that the curriculum is not delayed because if we don’t meet up the demand of learning of covering the curriculum, you will see that at the end of the academic session the students will not be able to perform well as expected.
Ques: What is your advice to the pupils/students as they resume school?
Ans: My advise to them is that they should respect their teachers, respect their parents, they should also know that they have lost ground in learning, they should do their assignment and come to school early and be prepared to learn.
Ques: Using this medium what is your general advise to both the pupils/students parents and other stakeholders within the educational sector?
Ans: Well, it is a collective effort, the children, the parents and the society as well as the Ministry of Basic And Secondary Education. If we have to apportion percentage to the various stakeholders, if I should put it that way the learners will have more because if they are not ready to learn, give them all the materials and what it takes to become successful, they will still not measure up, if they are not ready to learn because you can’t break their head and put the knowledge, so they have to be studious.
Then for the parents, no matter how brilliant your child is, without having the tools for learning that child will still not perform well. You will give her all the necessary tools, that is where you can now encourage that child by providing her with Textbooks, Notebooks and other writing materials.
Ques: Presently, there are some persons mostly the youths who feels that Education is a scam. In your own understanding is Education a scam?
Ans: In my opinion, Education is not a scam, in the sense that Education is the key to development.
What else do you think that you can use to develop the society? Is it rituals? Is it 419?
Education develops you as an individual and brings out the best qualities that is in you, it’s what you have that you can give. So, Education is not a scam, even if you are selling groundnuts, the illiterate person and the educated person is selling the same item, the packaging is different, the way you relate to the public is different. So it does not mean that you must work in government sector, even if you are a farmer, you are educated or a taxi driver, the public will see you by your attitude, even if it is skill you want to learn, you will perform better than someone who didn’t go to school. Even when you go to school, you can still learn skill.
However, I urge everyone especially the youths to embrace Education because of its numerous benefits.
Mr. Omonigho Abeke Henry