The training which has more than one thousand student functionaries in attendance took place simultaneously in six education zones of the commission namely Aguata, Awka, Nnewi, Ogidi, Onitsha and Otuocha.
Correspondent David Okpokwasili reports that the leadership training themed “Exemplary Leadership” is expected to be stepped down to all school functionaries after the Zonal Trainings.
Lectures on subthemes: “The place of prefects in school governance”, “specific functions of school prefects” and “Prefects and crises management” were also held at the training.
Declaring the leadership training open, the Chairman Post Primary Schools Service Commission, Mrs Ifeoma Okaro said the training is intended to inculcate in the students the true virtues of leadership both in character and learning.
At Aguata Zonal Leadership Training which took place at Urban Girls Secondary School, Ekwulobia, the Chairman of the Commission asked parents to support their children who were appointed into different positions as school prefects as these will be a springboard for them to launch into the society as leaders of tomorrow.
The Chairman on the occasion at the venue for Awka Zone which took place at Loretto Special Science Secondary School, Adazi-Nnukwu, Dr Mitchell Onugbolu who is also the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano on Social Orientation asked the students to place priority on the core values of the State.
The Deputy Chairman of the Commission who is also the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on primary education, Lady Pat Offia, the Member of the Commission in charge of Aguata Zone, Lady Francisca Okeke and the Co-ordinator, Guidance and Counseling unit of the Commission, Mrs Eucharia Illikah said the training will close the gap caused by the global Covid-19 pandemic which made the commission not to conduct the training in 2020.
Some of the participants, including the Senior Prefect, Saint Mary’s High School, Ifitedunu, Master Collins Nwojiji and the Deputy Senior Prefect, Holy Cross High School, Umuawulu/Mbaukwu, Miss Divine Precious thanked the Commission for the leadership training, saying it has opened their eyes to the responsibilities and expectations of their different positions and promised to make their different schools and Anambra State proud.
The student functionaries were later inducted formally into their various positions by Supervisors of Special Duties in the Zones including Venerable Clement Mgbemena and Reverend Godswill Walter.