By Florence Ugbem
Benue State Commissioner for Education and Knowledge Management, Dr. Frederick Ikyaan has admonished schools within the state to embrace and equip their learners with ICT exposure irrespective of their location as WAEC is said to soon begin Computer-based examination.
The Commissioner gave the admonition, Thursday at an Expanded Education Stakeholders meeting held at the Hall of Gifted School, Makurdi.
The commissioner disclosed that the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) will soon begin computer-based examinations and urged all handlers of education to equip themselves with ICT, as according to him, there is no end to learning, adding that all schools must be ready to demonstrate capacity in the area of ICT.
“As handlers of education, we must be seen to be above, we ought to be knowledgeable in the matters that we communicate to our students or learners, and as teachers and handlers of the system, we must be ahead. As handlers of education wherever you find yourself, be it in the office or classroom, you should be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge and skills that can become a reference or serve as a model so that the people learning will have confidence in us the handlers of education”, he stressed.
Dr. Ikyaan applauded the contributions of stakeholders to the education sector in the state, commending them for the various roles they have played, the synergy, cooperation and willingness for collaboration and the desire to advance together the education sector which is the bedrock of any society and encouraged them to remain resolute and firm as they carry out their responsibilities.
He also lauded the immense contributions of the non-governmental sector and solicited that they do not relent in supporting the state and continue to inculcate the right values and attitudes which would bring development and positive contributions to societal advancement.
The Commissioner stressed that Governor Alia was deeply concerned about the moral state and conduct of education in the state.
He encouraged education stakeholders to look towards morality in their discharge of duties.
The commissioner called on the DG of Benue State Quality Assurance Agency (BEQA), Dr. Francis Terna to help the ministry fish out fake practitioners of education who want to bring confusion to the system, adding that the overall aim of the establishment of the Quality Assurance Agency is to add value to the education sector but not to witch hunt anyone.
In his remarks, the DG of Benue State Quality Assurance Agency (BEQA), Dr Terna Francis noted that, “Quality education is not a luxury; it is a fundamental right and a powerful tool for individual empowerment and societal progress. Our mandate is not just a bureaucratic duty; it is a sacred trust bestowed upon us by the people of Benue State, through His Excellency, Rev. Fr. Dr. Hyacinth Iormem Alia. Therefore, we intend to approach our responsibilities with a deep sense of purpose and dedication”, he said.
Dr. Terna disclosed that the administration of Rev. Fr. Dr. Hyacinth Alia has been making efforts to reduce multiple taxation to the barest minimum.
“In conformity with this policy, therefore, we have harmonized payments to be made by schools and the various points of payment. We shall inform you of the details subsequently. I, therefore, urge you not to fall victim to extortion and intimidation by anyone. If you are not clear about anything, reach us for clarification. We shall not tolerate corrupt practices that place unnecessary burdens on school owners, whether at our headquarters or Area Education Offices”, he stressed.