The Imo State education sector has recorded yet another milestone in the State government’s bid to provide free qualitative education for all and sundry, as Governor Rochas Okorocha flagged-off the distribution of second batch of school desks, chairs and sundry materials to public Primary and Secondary Schools in the State.
Governor Rochas Okorocha while flagging-off the programme at the Hero’s Square Owerri stressed the importance the Rescue Mission attaches to the provision of free qualitative education, pointing out that it will continue to be at the front burner of the present administration to guarantee the future of Imo children and to build an “Imo of our collective dream”.
The governor who noted with joy, various transformations of many Public primary and secondary schools in the State, revealed plans by the State government to computerize all schools to make students computer literate, and re-introduce staff quarters to ensure better education and guidance for pupils and students.
Owelle Okorocha who vowed to give his all to ensure that Imo stands out both in development and educational product enjoined Stakeholders in Community Government Councils (CGC), School authorities to partner with the State Government to achieve this laudable goal.
He enjoined teachers in the State to make good use of the E-library provided in the State for proper research and to align with the current education trend in computer.
In her address earlier, the Hon. Commissioner for Primary, Secondary, Adult and Non-formal Education, Mrs. Nma Nzeribe-Michaels who noted that the best investment anyone can make in the child is education, commended governor Rochas Okorocha on his giant strides in education and for proving “skeptics wrong about the possibility of free education”.
Mrs. Nzeribe observed that school enrollment in Imo in 2011 was about 15,000 but in 2014 increased to 30,000 which she attributed to the provision of free qualitative education, school uniforms, sandals, canvasses, desks, chairs, payment of stipends, school building rescued from dilapidated state to brand new blocks among others.
She disclosed that 83 containers of assorted items/materials were on ground for distribution to schools in the State as she assured that adequate arrangements were made to ensure that materials were delivered to schools. The Commissioner charged teachers and students to put the materials to good use.
Present at the occasion include the State Deputy Governor Prince Eze Madumere, other EXC0 members, stakeholders in Education, and representatives of schools.