By Faith Igbudu
Benue state Commissioner for Education, Dr Sarwuan Tarnongu, has charged managers of both public and private schools to stick to the guidelines and policies concerning education in the state.
The commissioner gave the directive when he met with proprietors and principals of schools in Benue State at Government Model School, Makurdi recently.
Tarnongu said the meeting was a routine check on schools within the state to ensure quality and standard. He said no school in the state is independent and must regard relevant authorities in the area of education in their operations.
He cautioned that all irregularities that exists within schools, especially the admission of students into exit classes must stop as the ministry will no longer tolerate it.
“It is our duty at all times to monitor and ensure that what is happening in our schools is in line with the ministry guidelines and policies concerning education in the state.
“As the new session begins, the ministry will ensure that all schools close for first term and reopen second term as stipulated by the Ministry calendar. We belong to a body and we must be seen to be operating as one body.
“Admission in our schools should be done from JSS1 and SS1 for secondary schools. A child is supposed to go out not just with the certificate but with the ideas and morals that have been impacted upon them by the school. Jumping schools at an exit year should stop,” he stressed.
The commissioner called on the proprietors and principals to get a list of the approved books from the ministry, saying that any school found with books which are not approved by the ministry will be sanctioned. He also advised them to strengthen the use of guidance and counseling services in their schools.
While congratulating Benue schools for an outstanding performance in the recently released results of 2022 Senior School Certificate Examination (WAEC) which the state came third in the whole federation, he encouraged them to do more.
Tarnongu also thanked Governor Samuel Ortom for creating an enabling environment for education to thrive in the state.