Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, has blamed government, teachers and communities for the dwindling fortunes in education in the country.
Governor Diri stated this at Toru-Orua while flagging off the fifth Batch of primary school teachers training programme organized by the State Teacher Training, Registration and Certification Board (TTRCB).
Represented by his Deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, the Governor 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.
On his part, the State Education Commissioner, Dr. Gentle Emelah, said the education roadmap being awaited from the recent Education Summit will address identified bottlenecks in the sector.
Dr. Gentle Emelah represented bythe Permanent Secretary, Mr. Christopher Ehwrudjakpo, gave thumbs up to TTRCB for sustaining the tempo.
Earlier in an opening remark, 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 has successfully trained a total of one thousand, one hundred and twenty teachers from twenty nineteen to date.
The TTRCB Chairman urged the trainees to diligently learn from the experts drawn from choice universities throughout the training and thanked the Bayelsa State Education Development Trust Fund for giving the needed financing.
Some participants, Mr. Gideon Obene and Mr. Duayon Igirigi both expressed their eagerness to benefit from the programme.