Kogi commissioner pays unscheduled visit to school

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The Kogi Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Wemi Jones, on Tuesday paid unscheduled visit to Crowther Memorial College in Lokoja, warning teachers against lateness to school.

Jones gave the warning during an unscheduled monitoring and supervision visit to school in Lokoja.

The commissioner, who arrived the school premises at about 7.45 a.m. lamented that many teachers were not yet in school against the resumption time of 7.30 a.m.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the commissioner took the teachers’ row call at about 8.20 a.m and discovered that majority of them were not on duty.

Addressing the teachers, Jones warned that school lateness and negligence to duty would no longer be tolerated henceforth in the state.

“Let me assure you that late coming and negligence to duty will definitely not going to continue in any of our schools in Kogi,” commissioner said.

According to him, the government will create enough time to ensure that students get the right teaching and quality education they deserve.

He restated government’s commitment to making education free in Kogi by paying for all internal and external examinations and other necessities.

He added: “We are going to create a system where education becomes totally free, where pupils and students will not be charged anything.

“A system where the necessary tools and educational teaching and learning materials will be provided by government through subvention.

“So, if the government is doing all of that and we did not owe you any salary, we cannot condone your lateness, to teach our children no matter who you are”.

Jones gave the assurance that government would monitor and sustain the supervision of punctuality of teachers to ensure they deliver quality education.

“As government, we will not shy away from our responsibilities in ensuring standard, order and uniformity in everything that we will do.

“Government will still be focusing massively on education during the tenure of Gov. Ahmed Ododo, ” he said.

The commissioner sought teachers’ cooperation to support government to make Kogi shining example in education in the north and the country.

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A female teacher teaching students during the visit to Crowther Memorial College Lokoja on Tuesday

The Principal, Crowther Memorial College, Mr Maliki Adinoyi, commended the commissioner and his team for the unscheduled visit, saying it was a welcome development.

“I am very impressed by the impromptu inspection by the commissioner and his team to the school this early morning.

“This visit will boost the morale of the staff and students to be punctual and to take their work seriously for effective performance,” Adinoyi said.

NAN reports that the commissioner also took time to go round various classrooms to monitor the teachers teaching the students. (NAN)