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NAPTAN decries dearth of teachers in Anambra schools

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Lawrence Nwimo

The National Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN) Anambra state chapter has cried out to the Anambra state government over the poor number of teachers employed in the schools across the state.

This was made known in Awka yesterday during the association’s election of new officers that will pilot the affairs of the body in Awka South Local government area.

The association’s state chairman and Deputy National President, Sir Larry Anichebe Nnadike told orientdaily that the association is not at peace with the current number of teachers in the primary and secondary schools across the state and urged the governor Willie Obiano led government to address the poor situation.

He said that the association has played a vital role in ensuring smooth running of school system in the state through its recruitment of PTA teachers who according to him are paid from the association’s purse.

“Government have been trying, but we want them to try more. Let them employ more teachers. We spend a lot of money on these PTA teachers on a monthly basis. We have more than 1,000 primary schools and over 300 secondary schools in the state and there is no primary school or secondary school that don’t have PTA teacher. Some have up to eight and we are paying them.”

He further urged the Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board, ASUBEB, to take full responsibility of funding examination materials and discontinue the habit of allowing teachers to use their personal money to run some vital school activities such as printing of examination papers.

Congratulating the newly elected executives, Sir Nnadike charged the incoming excos to ensure that discipline is returned to schools. He decried the habit of children wandering the streets and roads during school hour and urged teachers in schools to sit up to their responsibilities and ensure that students due not loiter around during school hours.

He said that the election of the executives was in line with the constitution of the association stating that both the teachers and Parents have their quota and roles they play in the association.

Sir Nnadike who said he has huge expectations on the incoming excos charged them to make visitation to schools their primary responsibility so as to learn what is happening around the schools and even detect some challenges experienced by teachers and pupils.

He urged the incoming excos to maintain the standard by ensuring that certified teachers are recruited so that they could be drafted in as permanent teachers when the need arises.

Speaking with Orientdaily, the new PTA Awka South Chairman, Mr Emma Nwankwo who expressed delight at his election said the development shows the huge trust that the members have in him. He also said that the new executives will perform better than expected.

Even as he said that education in Anambra state is going down because inadequate number of teachers, he however assured that his administration will work closely with the government and schools to secure more quality and certified teachers for the schools.

Orientdaily reports that the peaceful election was held after a brief meeting in Awka on Monday, barely one month after appointing interim executives having dissolved earlier Excos whose tenures had elapsed.

However, the former PRO of the association, Mr Emmanuel Nwankwo emerged the new chairman in the keenly contested election while Azubuike Nweze won the position of the vice president.

In other results Enwelu Grace, Okoye Regina and Okoye Peter won positions of Financial Secretary, Assistant financial secretary and welfare officer respectively while Nwobi Basil and Atogu emerged treasurer and secretary.

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