By Ofoleta App-Jonnie A. M
The Commissioner for Education, Prof. (Mrs) Viola Adaku Onwuliri has warned against the collection of money before the appointments of Head Teachers and Principals. Prof. Onwuliri gave the stern warning at the Government Secondary School, Owerri, while declaring open a one day Workshop for all the School Sports Officers in the Public Primary and Secondary Schools in the State. The Workshop which was organized by the School Sports Department of the Ministry with the theme “The Secret Effects of Dangerous Ailments like Hepatitis B and C and the Academic Development of School Children ” took place at the school’s auditorium.
While addressing the gathering, the Commissioner said that the era of bribery for postings as Head Teacher and Principal has gone. She warned that anybody caught collecting such monies would be summarily dismissed. She also emphasised that the appointments of Head Teachers and Principals must be by merit after such persons must have qualified for such appointments by passing the promotion examination.
The Education Commissioner stated that the State Government would encourage sporting competitions among Students Schools and Zones and directed all the School Heads in the State to map out a particular day for sporting activities as the Government would organise a State wide Sports competition. The Commissioner said the importance of Sports in our Schools cannot be over-emphasised as it helps in mental alertness and physical fitness, keeping the Children busy and away from social vices.
She hailed the Governor for approving the Workshop and appreciated the Director of School Sports of the Ministry for anchoring the programme. The workshop featured series of lectures by Resource Persons such as Dr. A. U Okegi who lectured on ” Universal Precautions and lnfection Prevention and Control”. Dr. Desmond Emeh also lectured on “Your Life Style and Your Health “. Dr. (Mrs.) Nma Olebara lectured on “Educational Psychology, A Wonderful Tool for Continuous Character Formation and Moulding “. Sir Jonathan Agunanne lectured on “School Sports Officers as an Engine of Detection and Control of Students in an Academic Environment “. While Mr Cyril Anaele lectured on “School Sports as an Education Support Service”.
The Commissioner was accompanied to the event by the new Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. John Uzoma and the Director of the Tertiary Education, Mr. Basil lwuh.
Ofoleta App-Jonnie A. M
Public Relations Officer
Ministry of Education
Owerri, Imo State.