Monday, 10 September 2012


The pivotal role of teachers in the process of education cannot be over-emphasized. Educational philosophers across time and space believe that education has the power to liberate man and only well-trained and motivated teachers could administer this quality education. In realization of the indispensable role of teachers, there is hardly

any government policy on education that does not acknowledge the crucial role of teachers.

The Third-National Development plan asserted that the quality of the teaching staff was probably the most important determinant of educational standards at all levels of the system. It is universally accepted that no educational system can rise above the quality of the teachers.

For some time now, teachers at all spectrum of the educational system have had severe challenges in Nigeria. Some of these challenges range from erosion of teacher autonomy in making decisions, poor motivation leading to le low-morale, high attrition rate, lack of commitment and declining standards. The general perception has been that the spirit of the good old days has departed from the mainstream of the public school system. It is against this background that some States have handed over schools to the missionaries and voluntary agencies.

Governor Henry Seriake Dickson has emphasized that he declared a state of emergency in the Education Sector because EDUCATION across time and space has been the bedrock of development. The Governor of Bayelsa State made this assertion today while declaring open the 2012 BAYELSA SUBSB PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME at the Banquet Hall, Government House – Yenagoa.

The workshop is on THE TEACHING OF MATHEMATICS AND BASIC SCIENCE holds at Emmanuel Hall, Emmanuel Place, Yenagoa from the 10th to the 14th of December, 2012. In attendance at the official opening of the Five-day workshop are the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah, Rtd; the Head of Service Mrs Gloria Izonfuo, a representative of the Vice Chancellor, University of Nigeria, Nssuka, a representative of UBE Mr. Sylvester Eyinanya, the Commissioner for Education Hon. Salo Adikumo and other dignitaries . The workshop is organized by the UBE in conjunction with the Bayelsa State Government.

In his address, the Commissioner for Education stated that a total of 5,000 teachers will be trained within a space of two weeks. Mr. Salo emphasized that all necessary preparations have been made to achieve the aim of equipping the teachers.

The acting Secretary of the Universal Basic Education commended Governor Dickson for the enviable strides he has taken so far. He stated that a good learning environment is desirable, sophisticated audio-visual aids are necessary but all these would be a waste of time without good teachers, no educational system can maximize its full benefits. He therefore advised that the training sessions should be as interactive and practical enough to equip the trainees for their jobs.

In his address, the Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson emphasized that his administration has given priority to education and the welfare and training of teachers is part of the programme. He assured teachers in Bayelsa State of governments’ commitment to provide quality education including the training, accommodation, provision of textbooks, staff quarters and other welfare package of teachers. The Governor stated that the TEACHER TRAINING INSTITUTE IN SAGBAMA is ready, and harped upon the need for Teachers to be well equipped to practice their profession. One quality assurance mechanism, according to the Governor is to ensure teachers take periodic exams or tests to update their knowledge in pedagogy and their various subjects of specialization.

The Governor of Bayelsa State has once more demonstrated to Bayelsans that his pursuit of good, quality education is realistic and attainable. With the present momentum, there is no doubt that Bayelsa State will soon be on the fast lane towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in education.


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