IMSUBEB moves to curb truancy among CGC teachers

Dr Ejiogu

Displeased with the spate of sharp practices among the Community Government Council (CGC) Teachers, the Executive Chairman of Imo State Universal Basic Education Board, IMSUBEB, Dr. Mrs Uche Ejiogu has reiterated her commitment to curb truancy among the 365 CGC teachers in the state.

Dr. Ejiogu was reacting to the threat that some of the teachers had concluded plans to conduct a protest to drive home their demands for several months of unpaid salary.

The IMSUBEB Chairman who spoke to Newsmen in Government House, Owerri, faulted their claim with insinuations that such should not have reared its ugly head at a time the Governor of the state, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has been “prompt in paying workers’ salaries, as well as lifting the ban on promotion of civil servants.”

Dr. Ejiogu informed that the disgruntled teachers are those who show no commitment in the discharge of their duties and gave instance, where some of them don’t go to classes but will be quick to demand for their salary at month end.

She explained that the Board directs Microfinance Bank to pay only those who were dedicated to the job as recommended by their school headmasters/headmistresses.

She added that the Board has since intensified effort to carry out intensive monitoring and evaluation of the CGC teachers, all in a bid to ensure that “we don’t defraud the government by engaging mediocres”.

She seized the opportunity to laud Governor Okorocha on his achievements in the education sector.

Meanwhile, IMSUBEB is the board that caters for primary schools and junior secondary schools in the state.

Free Education: Imo students top JAMB application list in 2017

Beneficiaries of Imo Free Education with Gov. Okorocha

For the second year running, Imo State topped the number of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) applications with 101,868 in 2017, JAMB Registrar, Is-haq Oloyede has disclosed.

The registrar said this during a briefing with Newsmen in Abuja ahead of the unified tertiary matriculation examination (UTME) billed to start on Saturday in 642 computer based test (CBT) centres across the country.

According to him, Imo, Osun, and Oyo topped the list of those with the highest number of JAMB applications in 2017, following the applications of statistics by the state of origin.

Oloyede said Osun recorded the second highest with 88, 653 applications while Oyo recorded 87,811 applications.

The JAMB registrar said that Benue (68, 916), Kogi (70, 150) and Kano (70, 276) recorded the lowest applications.

He added that the agency registered 1.7 million candidates an increase of 464,287 candidates from last year’s 1.2 million candidates registered for the 2016 UTME.

However, the record that Imo State has again topped the JAMB APPLICATIONS this year (2017) would make it the Sixth time since 2012 Imo would come first in JAMB applications.

In 2012, Imo State had 123,865 applications to be on top, followed by Delta State with 88,876.

In 2013, the State recorded 134,610 applications followed by Delta State also with 101,610 applications, and in 2014, the State had 118,809 applications, whereas, Delta State had 87,153 applications to maintain the second position.

Again, in 2015, Imo State recorded 104,382 applications to maintain the first position, while Delta State also maintained the second position with 78,856 applications, and in 2016, Imo State had 104,383, and also followed by Delta State with 78,854.

These enviable records didn’t come by happenstance. They are all products of the free education programme in the State which occasioned the astronomical increase of the School enrolment in the State from 280,000 in 2011 to more than 800,000 at the moment.