Public secondary school students in Akwa-Ibom State have henceforth been banned from using cell phones within school hours. Any student caught flouting the rule will be severely punished, the state’s commissioner for Education, Mrs Eunice Thomas has warned.
The commissioner who made this statement at the weekend, during a media chat with a section of journalists in the state, maintained that her action was to address the long observed distraction due to use of cell phones by students in public secondary schools. She said the measure is to ensure maximum utilisation of the present administration’s huge investment in the educational sub-sector and achieve the government’s dream of producing quality products from the free and compulsory educational policy of the state government.
Pointing out that, the state has been able to make education free and compulsory and that the ministry is working at improving the quality of education through training and retraining of school heads and teachers to ensure they are well equipped to impact on the students, the commissioner also disclosed that there have been unscheduled checks on schools currently embarked upon by the ministry. Thomas then assured that the measure is not to victimise teachers but to ensure that the job committed to them do not suffer.
She however vowed to continue taking an on-the-spot decision as to punishment at the premises of any erring teachers as well as schools and school heads to avoid being influenced by the society on behalf of such offenders. Her words: “Because we earn our living by teaching the children, we would be cheating the children by not teaching them well, so we have to ensure that the teachers rise to the challenges of justifying the confidence reposed on them by both government and parents.”