Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has identified shirking of responsibility by government, teachers and communities as the cause of dwindling fortunes in education in the country.
Governor Diri stated this at Toru-Orua on Tuesday while flagging off the 5th Batch of primary school teachers training programme organized by the State Teacher Training, Registration and Certification Board (TTRCB).
The Governor, who was represented at the ceremony by his Deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, noted that achieving quality, sustainable education is becoming increasingly difficult as key stakeholders are not playing their roles well.
He came down hard on all tiers of government for paying lip service to measures that are capable of strengthening primary education.
Governor Diri, who also lambasted teachers, community leaders and other stakeholders for their nonchalant attitude towards education, stressed that the faulty foundation being created at the primary school level was rubbing off negatively on the country.
He however, applauded the immediate past Restoration Government of Senator Seriake Dickson for laying the foundation for the present administration to build a better educational system in the state.
Underscoring the importance of training and re-training of teachers, he pointed out that no educational system could rise above the quality of its teachers, and assured of government’s commitment to funding the training programme.
Senator Diri advised the teachers to be passionate, humble and determined in the discharge of their duties, bearing in mind that, to a large extent, quality education delivery rests on them.
Earlier in her opening remarks, the Executive Chairman of the Teacher Training, Registration and Certification Board, Dr. Stella Peremoboere Ugolo, expressed gratitude to the Governor for fully funding the teacher’s training programme.
Dr Ugolo, who also appreciated the Management of the University of Africa, Toru-Orua for making its facilities available for the training exercise, said the Board was committed to quality assurance in the delivery of education services in the state.