UPDATED: New secondary school to resume session in Oduke as education commissioner issues stern warning to school principals

AUSTIN OYIBODE, EDITOR

Delta state government has established one new secondary school in Oduke area of Asaba. The state commissioner for basic education, Chief Patrick Ukah, visited the school on Monday in preparation for academic activities in the new session. Also, Okwe area, a suburb of Asaba, has a secondary school which has existed for a period of time.

This is even as the state government has concluded plans to establish two new schools, primary and secondary, along Okpanam road, one of the busiest roads in Asaba, the state capital.

The Okpanam road which forms the longest road in Asaba, stretching from Nnebisi road, has Uzoigwe Primary School, Westend Secondary School and GRA Model Secondary School with Women Affairs Primary School along Summit Road, very close to junior staff quarters, an area reserved for junior staff of the state MDAs.

However, the Oduke and Bonsaac areas are lacking in terms of roads, going through the Oduke, Bonsaac and Achala Igbuzor area, one wonders whether those areas are parts of Asaba or Delta state.

All the sandy roads in those areas are heavily laced with potholes which make driving through the rains a deadly venture. The Achala Igbuzor road has been permanently abandoned by residents as a section of it has been overgrown with heavy grasses and residents now navigate through the communities to get to their destinations.

Most vehicle owners do no longer use their vehicles in those areas, they have resorted to the use of okada to navigate through the areas.

Meanwhile, Chief Patrick Ukah, the basic education commissioner, has called on parents in the state to ensure that they allow their children resume immediately for the 2019/2020 academic session so that academic activities could kick start fully.

The commissioner made the call when he monitored the resumption of schools for the 2019/2020 academic session in schools in Asaba.

Chief Ukah, who decried the low turnout of students in the schools he visited, urged the students to resume as there would be a welcome back test on Thursday this week which would make up 10 percent of their continuous assessment for the term.

At Government Model Secondary School, Asaba, the commissioner frowned at the untidy environment of the school and ordered the principal of the school to ensure that the school is kept tidy before the end of yesterday.

He warned against illegal collection of unauthorized levies from incoming students while stating that any principal or school head caught would be severely punished.

The commissioner also visited Osadenis Mixed Secondary School, Asaba, where he urged the staff of the school to be committed to their duties at all times as the ministry would no longer tolerate any form of indiscipline among them.

He said as teachers, they should strive to impact positively on the lives of their students which he said would bring about fulfillment in their careers as teachers.

The commissioner charged the Principal of the school to ensure that he devised means in which he could curb indiscipline in the school.

Other schools visited by the commissioner were Uziogwe Primary School, West End Mixed Secondary School, Zappa Basic Secondary School, Zappa Primary School, Isioma Onyeobi College, and Zappa Mixed Secondary School within the Asaba Capital Territory.

He equally visited two newly established secondary schools located in Oduke community and FSP, Asaba where he said that the schools would start up this week.

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