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EBONYI LOCAL GOVERNMENT AUTHORITY: CONSOLIDATING THE GIANT STRIDES OF UNIVERSAL BASIC EDUCATION PROGRAMME AT THE GRASSROOTS.

HOW WE STARTED:

Diligence, creativity and resilience impressed the holistic developmental outlook, and the investiture of no little status that characterized the basic education system in Ebonyi Local Government Education Authority, Ugbodo.
The catalogue of the giant strides exhibited in Ebonyi Local Government Education Authority by the pragmatic Education Secretary, Hon. Prince Chukwuma Iteshi was inspired by the landmark feats of His Excellency, Chief Engr. David Nweze Umahi in the basic education sub-sector between 2015 and date.
Appointed on Thursday, 3rd March and inaugurated into office on Thursday, 10th March, 2016 Hon. Prince Chukwuma Iteshi adopted formidable approaches to embellish the sector, and the administrative block of the authority with scintillating and functional educational machinery.
OUR EFFORTS SO FOR:
RENOVATION OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE BLOCK OF EBONYI LOCAL GOVERNMENT EDUCATION AUTHORITY:

Upon assumption of office, the education secretary conceived a workable framework that actualized the renovation of the dilapidated administrative complex of the education board. All the offices in the complex received a face-lift with electricity, furniture and other facilities fully restored and installed to provide conducive accommodation and convenience for the staff of the local education authority.

PROVISION OF CHALK AND OTHER EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS TO SCHOOLS IN THE LOCALITY :

The authority embraced its assignment with vigour and ensured that all the necessary education materials meant for primary and junior secondary schools in the area were delivered to them. Under the watch and magnanimity of the incumbent education secretary, cartons of chalk and instructional materials were purchased and made available to all the schools to enhance teaching. Additionally, the education authority lifted all the desks for pupils and students from the State Universal Basic Education Board Abakaliki to the benefitting primary and junior secondary schools in the council area.

REGULAR SUPERVISION AND MONITORING OF SCHOOLS:

The management of Ebonyi Local Government Education Authority, assuming its supervisory role at the grassroots braced to this herculean task with passion. It ensured that full management, spot check and routine monitoring and supervision of schools were sustained. The regular exercise informed certain discoveries that were made, with immediate steps taken to reposition teaching and learning.

Thickly populated schools such St. Patrick and Ezza Road for instance got approval of Ebonyi State Universal Basic Education Board on 12th July 2012 to run morning and afternoon shifts so as to accommodate the overflow of pupils. It is equally on record that First School Leaving Certificate, Unified promotions and Basic Education Certificate Examinations conducted in Ebonyi local government area were properly and effectively monitored by the management of the local education Authority.

Remarkably, the proficiency of the education authority in this regard attracted the first (1st) position awarded to it by the Quality Assurance and JSS department of Ebonyi State Universal Basic Education Board population of the pupils.

INAUGURATION OF MONTHLY PRAYER FORUM:

In a bid to accord prominence to the divine mandate of our enviable State Chief Executive, His Excellency Apostle Dr. David Nweze Umahi, the Ebonyi local government education authority embraced and institutionalized moral rectitude in the staff of the basic education system. A monthly prayer meeting held in the office to enrich the staff with godliness and the required moral standard that would reinforce good working relationship, efficiency and commitment to duty during the period under review.

CONCLUSION:

It is therefore pertinent to state that Ebonyi local government education authority is committed to the development of Ebonyi children in the area
The spirited intervention of His Excellency, the Education Loving Governor of Ebonyi State in the basic education system of the state has continued to generate ripple of applause in terms of infrastructure-new school blocks, procurement and distribution of desks, instructional materials, improved academic activities, discipline among teachers and the actualization of the goals of the universal basic education programme in Ebonyi local government education schools.

Hon Prince Chukwuma Iteshi
Education Secretary.