By Faith Igbudu & Florence Ugbem
Member representing Ado State Constituency at the Benue State House of Assembly, Mrs Agnes Uloko has called on those in the education sector not to compromise on the quality of teachers they employ in their schools.
She said getting the right teachers, who are certified by relevant bodies will improve the quality of education they give to children who are the leaders of tomorrow.
Uloko gave the advice while speaking with newsmen at the sidelines during the Graduation and Prize Giving Day of New Age Academy and New Cambridge College both in Makurdi.
“When you employ graduates from the educational as teachers, it will impact on the learners and in turn improve the quality of education,” she said.
The lawmaker also lent her voice to the lingering strike by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), appealing to the body, particularly that of Benue State University (BSU), Makurdi to call off the action and return to class for the general interest of the society.
According to her, the idleness of students in the tertiary institutions is adding to the already tensed insecurity in the country.
“ASUU should call off strike because of our children. They are suffering. It is very unfortunate that a timeline of minimum of four years in the university is now up to six seven years. Education in this country is becoming boring by the day. As a mother and a representative, I really appeal to the union to heed the pleas of the government.
“Keeping these children at home for this long is doing more harm to the society than good, especially when we have intense security situation to deal with in this country. We already have records of so many ills because of this strike,” she lamented.
Proprietress of the schools, Mrs Ene Stella Ofukwu, expressed gratefulness to God for the growth of the school since its creation in 2005.
She appealed to the government to support private schools in the state to do better than what is obtainable now, saying the private schools are really closing the gap on the need for quality education in the state.
“Each day we keep improving on what we are doing,when I look at the children and I see their capacity and what they can project in the society I’m overwhelmed.
“I think the government can support financially it will be a great one,it will be better than what we have now, because finances has been our major challenge in this sector,” she said.
On the issue of hiring of qualified teachers, Mrs Ofukwu said “for my school, there is no compromise on the quality of teachers we employ, because we know that if hire a qualified teacher the teacher will in turn impact the children,and when the go out of the college they stand out so we seek for the best.
Earlier, in a welcome address, husband to the proprietress, Prof. Raphael Ofukwu, noted that the school has graduated 375 pupils already and it is prepared to deliver more, in upholding the quality of education.