The Oyo State Government has approved the absorption of 2000 Primary school teachers, initially seconded to the Post-Primary Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) in the state, during the previous administration of Senator Abiola Ajimobi.
This was revealed in Ibadan by the Chairman, TESCOM, Pastor Akinade Alamu today during the celebration of 2022 World Teachers’ Day.
The teachers, who teach in secondary schools across the State had appealed to the Oyo State Government to either regularize their appointments as TESCOM teachers or revert their appointment as Primary School teachers under the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (OYOSUBEB).
The Chairman TESCOM said, absorption of the teachers into the post-primary sub-sector of Oyo State permanently is another sign of the present administration’s commitment to the development of education.
He equally revealed that the Oyo State Government has approved the next round of Promotions in the State Civil-service, adding that after necessary paperwork the exercise will commence.
Alamu however debunked insinuations that Oyo State took the 33rd position nationwide, after the just concluded West Africa Secondary School Examination.
The Chairman advised Politicians to desist from politicising education in the State, saying that Education under Seyi Makinde has been progressing.
Speaking at the event, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barr. Rahman Abiodun Abdu-Raheem appealed to teachers in the State to embrace the State Government’s efforts in improving the education sector.
He added that Oyo State Government will not rest on its oars in ensuring the education sector keeps soaring high.
“It is pertinent to re-emphasize it that the machinery of the State, ably led by His Excellency, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has the determination to transform the education sector”, he said.
Abdu-Raheem said the State Government unprecedentedly appointed 21 Permanent Secretaries/Inspectors General of Education and Permanent Secretaries/Tutors General to enhance effective monitoring of schools and service delivery.
He said Oyo State Government under Governor Seyi Makinde has put in place lots of activities in achieving his lofty ideas for the sector.
Also speaking the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran said the Board will continue work for the welfare of teachers in the State.
“To whom much is given much is expected; therefore I appeal to you to key into the Government’s resolve to bring back the lost glory of the State in education, by making sure our children excel both in internal and external examinations”, he said.
He therefore charged them to have a clearer vision of the goal and support the Ministry of Education, TESCOM and OYOSUBEB in making sure Oyo remains top in the education sector.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Oyo State Council, awarded nine distinguished personalities, from Oyo State.
According to the Chairman of the Union, Comrade Raji Oladimeji, the awards came on the heels of their exemplary leadership, dedication and unalloyed support to teachers’ welfare.
He commended the Oyo State Government’s various welfare packages that has encouraged teachers in remodelling the society and training students in the State.
While he pointed at the regular payment of teachers’ salaries and other entitlements, he also commended the distribution of free textbooks and exercise books in all schools.
The Awardees are: Ahmed Adeniyi Raji; the Chairman, OYOSUBEB, Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran; the Head of Service, Alh. Amidat Ololade Agboola; Hon. Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun.
Others are, the Proprietor, Impact Medas Outfit, Mr. Owolabi Olade; Hon. Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barr. Abdulrahmon Abdulraheem; the Chairman, Francis Adelowo Muyiwa Ameye Academic Foundation, Lagos, Arch. Francis Adelowo Muyiwa Ameye; Chairman, TESCOM, Pastor Akin Alamu and Special Adviser on Labour, Barr. Bayo Titilayo-Sodo.