Bayelsa State Government has called on community leaders and stakeholders to report trauncy among teachers in rural areas across the state.
Executive Chairman of the State Post Primary Schools Board (PPSB), High Chief Millionaire Asangba, gave the charge during a courtesy visit from Executive members of Community Secondary School (CSS), Foropa Alumni Association, in Yenagoa.
He said community stakeholders should report cases of truant teachers as the board will swiftly take disciplinary action on any erring teacher or principal regardless of being posted to the rural areas.
Chief Asangba stated that partnership is needed from members of the communities to improve the level of dedication of teachers to their duties.
He commended the CSS Foropa Alumni for their drive towards improving the welfare of the government public school located on the fringes of the Atlantic.
According to him, if all old students of government secondary schools emulate the leadership of CSS Foropa Alumni, then public schools would be better and get better deals from the government.
Earlier in his remarks, President of the CSS Foropa Alumni, Mr Morris Ezetu, said that they decided to embark on the courtesy visit to the Board to buttress the need for improved facilities in the school.
He also appealed for more teachers to be posted to the community secondary school as the school mostly depends on Youth Corps members.
Mr. Ezetu said government teachers give the students more sense of belonging which is needed for a more robust learning experience.
He also pushed for improved welfare allowances for teachers in the rural areas to enable them carry out their duties effectively which will ultimately improve the learning experience.
In their separate remarks, three other board members of PPSB, Egbe Fiyesinkumo Gibson; Deo Kalsuo and Digitemie Innocent Eteli, all assured the CSS Foropa Alumni of the their resolve to look into their request for a partnership that works for the good of all concerned.
One of the problems in the educational sector is the lopsided distribution of teachers to the detriment of rural areas.
While some schools in urban areas may have as many as 60 teachers, a good number of schools in the interior areas of the state may have just 10 teachers, including the principals.
The way forward is how to make teachers posted to rural areas remain there to carry out their duties without influencing their transfers to urban schools that have social amenities.