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Enugu Assembly backs competency tests for principals


Speaker of Enugu State House of Assembly, Edward Ubosi PHOTO:

Speaker of Enugu State House of Assembly, Edward Ubosi PHOTO:

Enugu House of Assembly has given its support for subjecting principals of secondary schools in the state to a competency test, by the Post Primary School Management Board (PPSMB).

Chairman of the House Committee on Education, Mr. Mathew Ugwueze, made the disclosure in Enugu while reacting to petitions by some school principals challenging the examination.

Addressing some of the principals, Ugwueze, warned that legislators would not tolerate frivolous petitions that could truncate the resolve to move education in the state out of precarious situation.

According to the News Agency oF Nigeria (NAN), he said that the petition, which challenged the PPSMB’s authority to summon public school principals for such test, was in bad taste “and a call to the dark days.

“As far as I am concerned, that petition holds no water and you should not send such to me again because I will not attend to it.

“We are all going in one direction, which is to afford better and sound education for our children. I want to tell us that education without tests and promotion makes no meaning,” he said.

The lawmaker described as unfortunate that some stakeholders who were products of public schools had not shown enough empathy with the state government in its efforts to revamp the sector.

He, however, commended the state government for the achievements so far recorded in the sector, and for ensuring that public schools came back to limelight.

The lawmaker tasked the principals as products of public schools, to reflect on their days in school in order to determine if the prevailing situations in the sector were encouraging.

“I am telling you as one who is a product of a public school, and from a very primitive village that is just experiencing the presence of a secondary school for the first time of its existence. The very first secondary school in my village just got underway and the principal only resumed on Sept. 21, while the teachers may have just started to arrive.

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