Assembly committee paid unexpected visit to schools
The Nassarawa State House of Assembly Committee on Education, Science and Technology on Tuesday embarked on a visit to selected Secondary and primary schools in the state.
The Chairman of the committee, Mr. Daniel Ogazi, revealed to newsmen that the exercise was to enable the committee get first-hand information on the decaying infrastructure in public schools in the state.
Ogazi said the visit was to also assist the committee in proffering lasting solution as part of its contribution toward revamping the fallen standard of education in the area.
The chairman, however, allayed the fear that the exercise was to witch hunt teachers, adding that the visit was to address the challenges facing the teachers and students so as to improve standard of education in the state.
“The unscheduled visit has enabled us to see the level of infrastructure in schools, the punctuality of teachers and to see how the students/pupils are performing.
“But we want to advise the teachers to be up and doing in order to complement government efforts to improve the standard of education in the state.
“In some schools visited, we saw students and pupils in their classrooms without teachers teaching them.
“Some teachers were seen sitting under the tree discussing, some pupils only know how to write their names, they don’t know anything beyond that.” He said
Ogazi, therefore, urged the state Ministry of Education to ensure effective supervision of schools and teachers to improve the standard of education in the state.
The Teachers, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the condition of anonymity, pointed out that shortage of teachers and inadequate instructional materials are some of their challenges.