Imo Principals brainstorm on poor funding … As ANCOPSS Inaugurates New Exco
The All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools ANCOPSS, Imo State chapter held its Quadrennial Congress in Owerri on Friday 20th January 2017 with a brainstorming session on “Poor funding: a major threat to the successful implementation of free and qualitative education in Nigeria,” presented by Dr. Benadette Nze, the guest lecturer.
The guest lecturer decried the non-inclusion of education in the 10 – point road map for economic recovery agenda of the federal government. She concurs with the theme of the lecture that poor funding of education has become an albatross and a major threat to the free and qualitative education. She canvassed for abrogation of free education if it will not be properly funded, with teachers and Principals well motivated for enhanced performance and quality content delivery.
She listed other militating factors to include poor motivation of teachers and Principals, non regular payment of salary and leave allowances; lack of laboratory and ICT facilities; lack of both teaching and learning aids, and unconducive school environment with decaying and dilapidated infrastructure.
As a panacea to the problems, she suggested that the United Nations recommendation of 26% budgetary allocation to education be implemented. She also canvassed for a paradigm shift and recommended that political office holders be subjected to national minimum wage. Dr. Nze encouraged principals to reach out to the alumni of their respective Schools to intervene so as to save their alma-mater from collapse.
In his brief contribution, Chief C.O.E. Chukwu, Imo SEMB Scribe paid glowing tributes to the leadership quality of Nze Godwin Amaku, the out-going president of ANCOPSS for his acumen, giant strides and for being calm in the face of turbulence and critical challenges. He urged the new leadership to emulate the great qualities of Nze Amaku
Earlier in an address, the Chairman of the event Dr. Mrs. G.I. Amah while welcoming the Principals to the quadrenning congress expressed delight with the achievements of Amaku led State executives. She described the president as a silent achiever who made the organization popular with great achievements.
In his address before the dissolution of the executive, Nze Godwin Amaku expressed profound gratitude to the Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha for his giant strides in the education sub sector. He praised the State Government for the sustenance of free education, rehabilitation and modernization of some colleges, and for the donation of a bus to each of the Six Zonal Directors and building of more new schools among other achievements.
Nze Amaku listed some of the problems confronting the confederation to include vide: perimeter fencing of schools; rehabilitation of dilapidated school building; payment of arrears of running cost; eschewing political interference in school management and allocation of a parcel of land for the building of a secretariat for ANCOPSS among other constraints.
The high point of the event was the inauguration of the new leadership of the organization headed by Bro. Cyprian C. Ogu (KSM). In his acceptance speech, the new President of ANCOPSS promised to improve on the legacies of his predecessor, he and explore new frontiers of achievements. Among the newly elected officers included Bro. Cyprian Ogu (KSM) President, Chief Anaekwe Chijioke, Comrade D. O. Iwuagwu (Secretary), C.I. Ukanyirioha, Mrs Iwuala Nkechi, Dr. Meneke Obiageri, Mrs. Ogechi Owuamanam, Princess R. Mgbeoji, Nze Godwin Amaku (IPP), A.E.Uzohu (IPS) among others.