Plateau State Governor, Rt Hon Simon Lalong, has promised that he will alongside members of his cabinet ensure they all squeeze time out of their tight schedules to go and teach students in schools in the state once every week for free.
The Governor made the pledge on Saturday in Jos when he received in audience officials of City of Refuge Friends Club, Pankshin, a charity organization which renders free education in the state.
According to Lalong, the decision is aimed at boosting the rot in the education sector in the state, a very pathetic situation which he inherited from the immediate past administration of former governor Jonah Jang.
Stressing the importance of education, which he said his administration has made a top priority in its five-point agenda, the governor said, not minding their professional backgrounds, his cabinet members will be made to teach in schools once a week like him.
He said: “My Deputy, Prof. Sonni Tyoden, is a teacher, the Director of Research, Government House, Prof John Wade, is a teacher, so they must teach.”
“We inherited a rot in the sector but are right now trying to give it the attention it deserves because if you build the roads and the people are not educated, you have achieved nothing.”
Earlier, the City of Refuge Founder, Miss Nenpan Zakka, told the governor that the officials of the organization visited him in order to intimate him of their “model of free education, designed by youths, for youths.’’
Zakka, who appealed to the governor to volunteer to teach for free, so as to replicate the model to boost education in the state, disclosed that through the goodwill of members of public, the school now has a permanent site.
She also explained that since the special school was established 10 years ago, it had graduated many sets of students who proceeded from there to various universities.
According to her, no school in Plateau State can match her school in terms of the number and quality of teachers, who all teach for free, and students do not pay any school fees at all.