Anambra State Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo has announced soon recruitment of 3000 additional teachers to be posted exclusively to public schools in the state.
Soludo made the announcement during a visit to Community Secondary School, CSS, Isuofia, Aguata Council Area.
A total of 5,000 teachers were recruited last year when the administration was barely nine months old in office.
According to the Governor, the recruitment of additional teachers was part of his agenda to end the era of PTA Teachers and provide accessible, qualitative education for all children in the state.
“The public sector sets the standard and model for education. Our mission is to take public sector education to enviable heights, transforming it into pacesetters for education,” he added.
While reiterating his administration’s commitment to recruit best teachers, regardless of their origin, Soludo assured his government was working round the clock to provide accessible and quality education as the foundation for the future.
“Anambra children deserve to be taught by the best teachers in the world. When we say free education, people think it is free tuition but there are dozens of fees students pay.
“It has taken decades for the public system to come down. You can measure the quality of every educational system by the quality of teachers and quality of teaching,” he stressed.
The Governor further noted that his administration intended to mainstream the full meaning of “free education” and ensure children of the poor have access to quality education.
“The future of Anambra is with the students and our children. Without knowledge and wisdom, it becomes raw power.
“This is the digital age and we are taking this message to every child in primary, secondary, and tertiary institutions, to seize the moment. Our Government is about them.
“Getting the public school system to work is something I am very emotional about because it is what got me to where I am today. “I attended a public primary school and public secondary school. We were the pioneers of Uga boys secondary school. I proceeded to UNN Nsukka, another public school,” Governor Soludo noted.
Speaking earlier, Principal of CSS, Mrs Chidimma Egboh Ngozi, who was excited to welcome the Governor to his hometown, expressed her gratitude for the Governor’s commitment to education in the State.
She said that the ICT hub cited by the Governor will help students become digitally inclined, adding that the Governor’s announcement of abolishing fees and levies in public schools in the state, is a way of creating a sustainable future.
The Principal highlighted some challenges facing the school including bus repair, more teachers, sports equipment, among others, asking for prompt intervention.
The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr Ernest Ezeajughi, Commissioner for Education Prof Ngozi Chuma-Udeh, Chairman Post Primary School Service Commission, PPSSC, Prof. Nkechi Ikediugwu, Chairman Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board, ASUBEB, Mrs. Vera Nwadinobi, Transition Committee Chairman for Aguata, Prince Chibueze Oforbuike, among others attended the event.