The education sector development and particularly the free, compulsory and qualitative education formed one of the most enduring pillars of the uncommon transformation agenda in the State. The implementation of the policy has remained unarguably, one of the greatest legacies of the Akpabio administration. The programme is anchored on Governor Akpabio’s desire to produce a workforce that would be globally competitive, in a world that is increasingly being shaped by technology.
The free and compulsory education programme gives every child of school age resident in Akwa Ibom, regardless of state of origin, access to qualitative education from primary to senior secondary school level. In addition to free tuition, the state pays a subvention of N100 per primary school pupil and N300 per secondary school student to cater for logistics. Enrolment in public schools has tripled since the introduction of the programme.
To add quality to the free and compulsory education, Governor Akpabio has also created a more conducive learning environment through massive rehabilitation and reconstruction of schools’ blocks, provision of science and laboratory equipment, construction of hostels and supply of desks in schools throughout the state.
As a way of ensuring that fi nal year secondary school students are not hamstrung by lack of money, the government undertakes payment of SSCE fees for all students in public secondary schools. This also includes payment of NABTEB fees for all students in public technical colleges.