With over 235 and over 331 thousand public secondary schools and students in the state to carter for, the state secondary Education board has attributed the under performance of the board to the non- accessibility of funds appropriated to them in the 2016 capital budget estimate.

The board made the disclosure, today, during the 2017 budget defence at the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.

In his defence, chairman of SSEB, Mr. Imo Udobia, while highlighting major problems faced by the board noted that lack of a functional sport utility vehicle has thwarted the board’s effort of inspecting and monitoring of public secondary schools in the state effectively and appealed to the committee to see the need of including them in the scheme of things in this year’s budget.

He also appealed to the committee to consider employment of teachers into public secondary schools in the state as a major priority as most schools do not have enough teachers, especially, in science subjects.

Mr. Udobia said that the 2017 budget estimate of the board is 137.8 million Naira.

Responding, the chairman of Finance and appropriation, Hon. Usoro Akpanusoh, while expressing concern on the plight of the board, assured them of synergising with the government, in order, to take care of their needs, noting that education is very important in the upbringing of a child, hence, it must be given priority.

By Ememobong OKON



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