• The Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Imo State chapter, Mr Napoleon Aniche, has appealed to the state government to increase the subventions of public schools in the state for efficient performance.

    Aniche, who made the appeal on Sunday in Owerri, said the subventions currently given to the school were inadequate.

    He said that because of the free education programme of the present administration in the state, the school enrolment had increased tremendously.

    The NUT chairman said that because of this, the amount given to head teachers and principals was no longer enough to run the schools.

    “The amount given is longer enough for local transport fares, provision of chalk, writing materials, organisation of inter-house sports competitions, hiring of vehicles for excursion and other activities.

    “These are important assignments that must be undertaken for effective management of schools and the funds are not enough,” he said.

    According to him, school heads and principals in the state are now compelled to spend their personal resources to run schools.

    He also stressed the need for the improvement of the school infrastructure.

    Aniche said that “education is very dynamic if you have 30 students in a class this year, the number may increase to 40 next year and this requires that you upgrade the facilities.

    “Imo has a total of 764 primary schools and 312 secondary schools and because of the free education policy of Gov. Rochas Okorocha’s administration, the enrolment has increased astronomically.

    “This means that more funds have to be invested in the sector,” he stated. (NAN)

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