By Egbe Attah
The Education Secretary, Local Government Education Authority for Otukpo, Augustine Okwoli, has advised pupils in the area to use the remaining days of the long holiday in useful ventures instead of indulging in social vices.
The E.S, who gave the advice on Thursday while interacting with The Voice in his office, decried the level of delinquencies among the younger generation, stressing that if not urgently addressed, the future of the youths would be bleak.
He explained that the purpose of the long holiday is for the pupils to relax and also use the time to assist their parents.
“The pupils are supposed to relax their brain so that they will resume school refreshed. They are also to use the period to assist the parents. However, such assistance is not hawking which can put their lives in danger.
“For those who send their wards to receive extra-mural lesson, it is wrong. The children are not supposed to engage in extra-lessons at this time except for exam purpose, they could be engaged in learning craft or any other trade but not books. After all, they say all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” the E.S. averred.
On the ongoing plan by the Benue State Government to recruit 2,500 teachers for public primary and junior secondary schools, the education scribe, applauded the government for its love for the Benue child, pointing out that the move would address the paucity of personnel in the schools.
He also thanked the government for regular payment of teacher salaries, mass renovation of schools and promotion of teachers, urging his staff to work hard to justify the gestures.
The Otukpo Local Government Education Authority (LGEA) boss, however, reminded the authorities on the need to address the problem of office accommodation for LGEAs, adding that the one in Otukpo is a death trap.
“The need for renovation of the dilapidated LGEA office for Otukpo remains an urgent one. The office is a death trap and I have written to the authorities concerned and I pray they will not forget us,” Okwoli added.