The Secretary made this charge at the 2nd International Best Practices Retreat for School Principals, Proprietors and Administrators taking place in Accra, Ghana, organised by the Exam Ethics Marshals International.
In his keynote address titled ‘Leadership Skills for Principals’, Mallam Kabir Usman, said that principals must always lead by example and not be afraid to ‘jump into the fray’ if they are to win the respect and loyalty of their teachers.
A statement from Head, Public Relations, FCT Education Secretariat, Anthony Ogunleye, stated that the Secretary said that the secretariat takes the process of appointment of school principals very seriously and has always ensured that whoever is appointed as a principal has all the prerequisite academic qualifications and leadership qualities.
He emphasised that a principal must first of all be a teacher as the position of a principal is simply an elevation to an administrative capacity.
According to him, a principal or school head should therefore be able to handle himself well in the classroom.
He also listed some qualities which all effective school principals must imbibe to include the ability to communicate, the ability to listen, to be easily accessible to staff and students, to be able to meet challenges effectively, to be able to propose and implement laudable initiatives, to be a team player, be flexible and adaptable to change.