The Enugu State government has expressed concern over what it described as “deliberate absenteeism and lateness’’ to duty by teachers in public schools in the state.
This is even as the state government vowed to take decisive steps to nip the ugly situation in the bud as it has grave consequences on students.
The Executive Chairman Enugu Science Technical and Vocational Schools Management Board (STVSMB), Mr Obi Kama who gave the indication when he led members of the board recently on a supervisory tour of technical schools in Udi zone said, “a situation where principals and teachers report late to work or don’t come at all” will no longer be tolerated.
At Technical College Amofia-Affa where the Principal and teachers were not present as at 8:15 am, Kama stressed the need for them to be conscious of their duty by reporting to work on time, advised them to change their way of doing things pointing out that coming to school late or failing to teach the students will be viewed as sabotage.
He warned teachers who stay outside their place of posting to relocate to their official workplace to avoid the excuses of absenteeism and late coming.
Sir Kama maintained that the era of ghost workers in schools had gone and warned that any teacher who indulged in such act would have him or self to blame.
The team also visited Technical College Umuoka, where the board chairman decried the sorry state of the school engineering workshop and stated that the board was already addressing the state of workshops in technical schools assuring that renovation will commence in earnest.
Obi Kama who also visited Technical College Abor disclosed that the administration of lfeanyi Ugwuanyi was poised to improving education standard especially in science, technical and vocational education.
All the teachers, principal who were absent or late were directed to report to the office of the Executive Chairman by 8:00am the next day.
Also speaking, a member of the board Mrs Grace Okenwani appealed to the students while organizing the morning assembly for them to be of good behaviour and form study groups among themselves.
Other members of supervision team included the board Secretary lady Meg Ogbonna, Mrs Pat Uzoigwe member, Mr Ben Ukwu member and the some of the key Management staff.