Principals and Heads of state owned primary and secondary schools in Delta State have been asked to quickly constitute Parent/Teacher Associations (PTAs) in their schools to serve as a platform for partnership that will bring about rapid developments in the schools.

The Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah, gave the directive at a stakeholders meeting and interactive session with Principals, Head Teachers and Chief Inspectors of Education (CIEs) at Government College, Ughelli.

Chief Ukah said the essence of the stakeholders meeting was to deliberate on issues affecting the education sector with a view to finding solution to them.

He said Principals and School Heads  in public schools in the state must be proactive in the discharge of their duties if the myriad of challenges confronting the sector must be addressed.

The Education Commissioner said the collaborative effort of the PTAs, Traditional Rulers, Corporate and Non-Governmental Organizations, as well as individuals would go a long way, as government could hardly do it alone.

Chief Ukah also charged them to fully key into some of the new policies being initiated by the Ministry such as the Back to School programme aimed at ensuring that students returned back to school within the first one week of resumption of the new academic session.

He said the back to school programme would comprise of a compulsory welcome test for the students in the first week of resumption which would make up ten percent of their academic work, adding that it was a strategy to ensure early resumption of students.

At the interactive session the Principals and School Heads promised to work closely with the Ministry to ensure that set goals for the education sector were achieved.

Principals and Head Teachers from Bomadi, Isoko North and South, Ndokwa East and West, Patani, Udu, Ughelli North and South Local Government Areas of the state attended the stakeholders meeting.

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