The Chairman of the board, Mr. Imo Udo Abia, made the plea last Wednesday while defending the 2017 budget estimate of the board before the Akwa Ibom State house of Assembly committee on Finance and Appropriation.
Mr. Udobia said the board is targeting about 16,000 (sixteen thousand) qualified teachers to cope with over populated three hundred and thirty – three thousand, six hundred and three students in the two hundred and thirty – five public secondary schools in the state for subjects such as chemistry, biology, physics and others.
“We are Appealing to the State House to look into the issue of teachers employment as it stands now, our secondary schools do not have sufficient teachers in the area of science oriented subjects. The subjects are Chemistry, Biology, physics and the rest.
“In some schools in Akwa Ibom State, from our statistics, it is very sad that some schools have just five teachers in the whole school; this is including the principal and the vice principal. If the government can kick start the issue of re-validating the five thousand canceled employed teachers, it would really help us have sufficient staff in our education system ”
Mr Udobia however said that six hundred state staff seeking to transfer their services to teaching will be soon engaged and urged the state government to expedite action on the revalidation of the five thousand newly employed teachers recently sacked to boost the teaching strength in the state public secondary schools.
In his reaction, the Chairman of the Appropriations committee and member representing EsitEket /Ibeno State Constituency, Dr Usoro Akpanusoh said the House will liaise with the state government to ensure Employment of more teachers into the education system.
“We will use our powers to ensure that we synergize with the state government in trying to take care of most of the requests you ask us, knowing too well that education is important to our society.
Other Ministries and departments also defended their 2017 budget estimate before the House committee members but lamented lack of funds releases to approved programme of their ministries in the 2016 fiscal year and pleaded with the House for prompt release of funds to implement projects for 2017. The Budget defense will end tomorrow Friday.