To ensure the success of the free education programme , Governor Rochas Okorocha has inaugurated an inspectorate team to supervise it.
His Excellency also launched another special programme tagged “No Teachers, No School Programme” which is aimed at ensuring the equitable distribution of teachers as well as effective staffing of all schools in the state.
Speaking at the event held at Heroes Square, Owerri, Gov. Okorocha reiterated the commitment of his administration to ensure that free qualitative education declared at all level in the state does not only succeed but sustained.
He disclosed that far-reaching measures have been adopted towards sanitizing and restructuring the school system in line with the Rescue Mission Agenda of the state government, adding that part of such measures include regular payment of salaries and allowances and periodic transfer of teachers.
Gov. Okorocha explained that the huge investment by his administration in education sector is targeted at creating vast opportunities for Imo childern and to sustain Imo as the brain-box of the nation as the state has consistently remained on top so far as education is concerned in the country.
Beyond the free education programme, Gov. Okorocha highlighted some major achievements in education sector by his administration to include the construction of 305 model schools in each INEC ward, construction of Young Scientist College, construction of the massive Owerri City School, construction of Imo College of Advanced Professional School, increase of monthly subvention to Imo State University (IMSU) from N57million to N252million and release of N450million grant to missionary schools.
While he charged the teachers to show exemplary commitment in promoting the free education education programme, Gov. Okorocha announced the approval of N10,000 each as clothing allowance for the over 2000 newly employed teachers. The governor who attributed the success so far recorded under the free education programme to the dedication so far shown by the teachers, disclosed that plans are being perfected to train Imo teachers on Information Communication Technology (ICT) and further equip them with computers as part of the capacity building aspect of the free education programme.