Sunday, 13 October 2019

ASUBE to revive Home Economics in schools to avoid extinction

Ukpa Ewa |14 October 2019

The Chairman of the Anambra Universal Basic Education Board, Mr. Ugbaja Patrick Ejike has called for a quick intervention to revive Home Economics as a subject in secondary and primary schools in Anambra state to avoid its extinction. 

Mr. Ejike made the call while receiving members of Home Economics Teachers Association of Nigeria, HETAN, who were on a courtesy visit to his office in Akwa. Mr. Ejike who noted that the subject is gradually going into extinction, therefore, called for a review of the subject's curriculum to include local dishes in primary and secondary text books so that students and pupils can get acquainted with the Nigerian culture 

Members of HETAN in a group Photograph with the Hon. Chairman of ASUBEB 

Mr. Ejike however, commended the association for its achievements so far and assured them of government partnership in reviving the subject.

Earlier, the Spokesperson of the group, Mrs. Uzoamaka Josephine Onunkwo, called for the redeployment of trained teachers across primary schools in the state, explaining that non-Home Economics trained teachers were now desk officers of the subject they never studied, thereby killing the subject in the primary school system in the state.

According to her, the association had since called the attention of past administration to correct the error, but sadly, nothing was done to that effect.

"Pupils in primary schools no longer carry out their lessons and practical in the laboratory as it were on the time table in the past". She said. 

"As well in the past, teachers and pupils had exhibition and competition in Home Economics subject like food and nutrition, home management, clothing and textile, crafts, horticulture and gardening but the reverse was the case now". Onunkwo explained. 

Although she acknowledged great improvement in public schools across the state , Mrs. Onunkwo said more needed to be done by the government to resuscitate the subject.
Gift presentation by members of HETAN 

Also in attendance were were delegation from members of Home Economics Teachers Association of Nigeria, HETAN made up of the Ex - National Pressident Mrs. Loveth Aso Onyeabo, Mrs. Franca Offodile, State Coordinator for Home Economics ASUBEB Mrs Kate Neankwo and members of the state executive.