Principals of Secondary School in Rivers State have expressed concern over the conditions given to them for the registration of their candidates for the West African School Certificate in the State.
Speaking to The Tide at the State Ministry of Education on Friday, most principals who were at the ministry for clearance before registration of their candidates, said the condition of registration which include possessing of Junior Secondary School Examination Certificate, presentation of evidence of transfer of students admitted in SSS2 to SSS 3, before clearance from the ministry for registration is a problem to them.
Some of them who spoke on condition of anonymity stated that they have been leaving their schools for some time now without being attended to at the ministry, saying the transport difficulties they encounter is enormous especially for those of them coming from the riverine areas.
In a related development, the Principal of Government Comprehensive Secondary school Borokiri has expressed appreciation over the recent supply of 115 chairs for students of the school by the Rivers State government.
Speaking to newsmen on the issue, the Principal of the Junior Secondary School, Mrs Preye Brown said the classrooms have been transformed adding that the students can now learn in a comfortable environment.
According to her, the provision of 115 chairs would go a long way in enhancing students academic performance explaining that a situation when students sat on the floor and windows to learn invariably makes them loose focus and concentration.
“Teachers are equally excited with the development in the school, it has also reduced the job of teachers in the area of checking loitering during school periods, because of the non availability of chairs in the classrooms was an excuse by students.
She further appealed to the State government to supply more chairs to the school to boost leaking.
Also speaking, the Vice Principal, Academic Mr Aforma Ndubuisi said he was highly excited when the chairs were brought to the school premises.
“I feel very uncomfortable when ever I enter the classrooms. The non-availability of chairs has affected the students learning process because it is very difficult for children to learn in an uncondusive environment.
“During examination period, some of the students stand while some are standing at the windows and few are sitting down to write their examination.
This, he said can give rise to examination malpractice because it will be extremely difficult for one to check them.
He expressed appreciation over the supply of chairs by the State Ministry of Education and appealed that more chairs be given to both the senior and junior classes.