By Titus Atondu, Makurdi
In the bid to stop the spread of COVID-19 Pandemic among the students and pupils of Junior Secondary Schools and Public Primary Schools across the twenty three local government areas of Benue State, the Executive Chairman Benue State Universal Basic Education Board( SUBEB), Comrade Joseph Utse has tasked Principals and Head Teachers to ensure strict adherence to COVID-19 Protocols.
Comrade Utse cautioned against crowding Students and pupils in a class and adviced that classes with much population be divided into two sessions as stipulated by COVID-19 Protocols.
Utse gave the charge on Monday when he led management staff of the Board to monitor the level of adherence of COVID-19 Protocols by Teachers and Pupils of NKST Primary school Wadata in Makurdi.
He explained that the charge has became necessary due to the continuous cases of the pandemic being recorded in the country and the Board would not want any of its Teachers or Pupils to contract the disease due to negligence.
Utse re-echoed the concerned of the Governor of Benue State Samuel Ortom in turning around the fortunes of Child education in the State.
He assured to renovate the dilapidated structures in the school to a standard obtainable else where in the country.
Permanent Member one at the Board Hon. Mike Kusah, explained to the Teachers as to why there September salaries was delayed .
Kusah further explained that the delay was due to administrative challenges as a result of the sudden death of the Adviser on local government and Chieftaincy Affairs where funds for the payment of Teachers salaries comes from and the development had necessitated for new leadership.
He assured that all issues relating to the delay in the payment of their salaries have been resolved and their salaries would be paid soonest and sued for Teachers patience.
On the issue of promotion, Permanent Member two Hon. Egli Ahubi, told Teachers that all issues relating to their promotion, salary arrears and others emoluments have been tackled and their promotion and salary arrears will soon be over.
Expressing some of their challenges, a female Teacher Mrs. Beatrice Damna and her male colleague Mr. Moses Salem called on the State government through the Board to ensure payment of their eleven months salary arrears and suggested that payment by instalment as well as promote Teachers who are due for promotion in order to motivate them to put in their best.
“I was employed since 2006 when I was a bachelor and now am married no single promotion, fifteen years now, we are human beings you should tell the Governor” They cried out.
The Principal, Junior Secondary school, Benjamin Kwaghtamen, and the Head Teacher Barnabas Kwaghoo Aondoakaa, assured the Chairman and his team hundred percent compliance to task by ensuring that COVID-19 Protocols are adhere to by the Teachers and pupils.