Akwa Ibom State government has revealed that the administration of Governor Goodswill Akpabio spent N60billion on its free education policy in eight years.
The government promised to review the free and compulsory education policy of Akpabio in order to add value to it. Akpabio is now a senator in the National Assembly.
The Deputy Governor, Mr. Moses Ekpo, stated this at the 2015 graduation and prize-giving ceremony of Topfaith International Secondary School, Mkpatak in Essien-Edim Local Government Area, last weekend.
Ekpo, who indicated that the state government would continue with the programme, emphasised that the Governor Udom Emmanuel-led administration remained committed to ensuring that quality education is made available to every Akwa Ibom child without excessive economic consideration from their parents and guardian.
He stated that education remained a first line charge for the current administration and tasked the graduating students to allow the quality and sound education offered by the school to reflect in their character and distinguish them in their future endeavours.
Ekpo lauded the ingenuity, foresight and sacrifices of the proprietor, Dr. Emmanuel Abraham, for transferring the vision of an ideal modern learning environment into reality and acknowledged the bold steps of the management in motivating both teaching and non teaching staff and announced an annual prize for the best graduating student in English language in honour of his late wife.
Abraham had earlier expressed confidence that the graduating students were adequately prepared for the tertiary level of education in various fields and noted that their graduation from the School was a necessary end for a proper beginning of a worthy and rewarding live in service to God and humanity.
Highpoint of the event was presentation of awards to outstanding students and gifts worth N12.6 million for distribution to workers who qualified for the Staff Loyalty Award Scheme.
Nigerian Pilot had reported last year that parents and teachers in the state had called for a review of the free and compulsory education policy of the state as it had been bedevilled with inconsistencies, underfunding and mismanagement.
Some of the teachers had told this newspaper that most textbooks supplied to students especially for key subjects were substandard as contracts for the supply of the textbooks were politicised, commercialised and awarded to unqualified persons.
Imprests to primary and secondary school heads which were part of the policy have not also been paid for about a year, leaving most of the schools in dire need of funds to carter for rudimentary contingencies.
The head teachers and principals are entitled to N100 and N300 for each primary and secondary school student, respectively as imprest for the running of the schools.

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