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World Teachers Day: Anambra’s victory, Obiano’s footprints – Omenugha

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Anambra State Commissioner for Basic Education, Prof. Kate Omenugha, said that the clean sweep of prizes in national award to mark World Teachers’ Day, 2021 in Abuja is a product of Gov. Willie Obiano’s peerless midwifing of basic education through crucial investments into the sector.

  Prof. Omenugha stated this in her speech after teachers from Anambra schools carted four prizes, including the overall best teacher in public secondary school in Nigeria, in President Muhammadu Buhari Awards for Teachers and Schools.

  Describing the feats as compelling results of Gov. Obiano’s commitment to excellent foundational education, while urging teachers to work as torch bearers by working harder, Omenugha explained that the state’s basic education was bereft of global competitiveness before the present administration assumed reins.

  According to her, the governor needed no rocket science to achieve this but by equipping teachers and students with needed support that would enable them to compete globally.

  This support, the commissioner further explained, includes prompt payment of teachers’ salaries and continuous capacity building through regular training and retraining in Nigeria and overseas as well as other incentives to boost specific segments of basic education.

  Omeugha also disclosed that the state plans to train students on robotics and artificial intelligence as part of what she called ‘exit strategy’ that will among other things, put Anambra State on the map of excellence in education.

  Speaking while dedicating her prize to Gov. Obiano, winner of the overall best teacher in public secondary school award, Mrs. Bridget Nnabeze of Modebe Memorial Secondary School, Onitsha, said passion for the job motivates her.

She advised other teachers to work hard even when nobody is watching them.

  Others that brought laurels for Anambra State in the awards are Mrs. Chiamaka of Our Lady’s High School, Onitsha who won the second-best school administrator prize and Akpakogwe Central School Ogidi that came fourth in public and primary schools category where Anambra also won the fifth best teacher.

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