World Teachers Day: CLO Asks Governor Emmanuel To Declare A State Of Emergency in Education Sector
As teachers in Akwa Ibom State join their colleagues all over the world over to celebrate the 2019 World Teachers Day, today, Saturday, October 5, a day set aside since 1994 after the UNESCO recommendation concerning teachers, the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), Akwa Ibom State Branch, has called on the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Emmanuel, to declare a state of emergency in the Education Sector of the State.
The call was made by the chairman of the human rights group, Otuekong Franklyn Isong, in a press briefing to mark the International Teachers Day (also known as, World Teachers Day), with the 2019 theme is; “Young Teachers: The future of the Profession,” in his office.
Comrade Franklyn Isong stated that; “it is very worrisome and a sad commentary that most public schools in some communities in Akwa Ibom are dilapidated, insecure, and are left to the fate of the communities without government attention.”
Isong argued that; “the right to basic education to every Nigerian child, as enshrined in the Child Rights Act of 2003 in Article 15 (1), had been domesticated under the Childs Rights Law of Akwa Ibom State, to ensure that every child in Akwa Ibom State has the right to compulsory, free and qualitative basic education.”
The civil society group noted that; “in the Fundamental Objectives and Directives Principles of State Policy, as contained in Chapter 2, Section 13 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), government is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring that education for Nigerian children is free and qualitative.”
The pro-democracy group while applauding the decision of Governor Emmanuel’s government to look into the failing education standard in the State through its Education Submit, however, observed that the content of the Education Submit was urbanised and might not have captured the deep crises affecting education sector in the State.
The CLO maintained that, “all that is needed is for the state government to take bolder steps by declaring a state of emergency in the education sector, in order to build more classroom blocks in rural and urban schools, provide good infrastructure like science equipment, libraries, laboratories as well as review the education curriculum, to guarantee a better and secured future for children in Akwa Ibom State.
CLO also urged the government to address the many complaints of backlog of unpaid pensions and gratuities to the next of kin of late primary school teachers with arrears from 1991 and provide an improved welfare package for teachers in government employ.