The Anambra Commissioner for Education, Dr Kay Onyechi, has restated the determination of the state government to turn the education sector around for good.
Onyechi who spoke at an interactive session with newsmen recently in Awka, said the Ministry of Education under the present administration, was poised to provide qualitative education to compete with the private schools in the state.
“Public schools are being turned around for good as we have employed more than 2,000 teachers who are well qualified in various fields of learning.
“Very soon the teachers will be distributed to the various secondary schools in the state to increase the tempo of teaching and learning.”
Onyechi said although the number employed was not enough, more recruitment would be done much later after even distribution of teachers to schools both in rural and urban centres.
“It is after this distribution that we would assess how far and determine areas where recruitment would be needed.”
The Commissioner said in the bid to make education available for all, free education had been introduced from nursery to Junior Secondary School.
She said the ministry had not approved any fee for the levels of learners in the public schools and advised parents and guardians not to pay any illegal fee, no matter how small it was by any school.
Asked to comment on alleged illegal fees being charged by public schools in the state, she denied the allegation and challenged parents to resist such payments.