Declaration of state of emergency on education in Ogun yielding positive results - Lawmaker - SALIENT TIMES ONLINE

Declaration of state of emergency on education in Ogun yielding positive results - Lawmaker

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The Chairman House Committee on education, Hon. Ademuyiwa Adeyemi has said that the State Government decision to declare a state of emergency in the education sector is yielding positive results.

Adeyemi stated this during an induction organized by Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) for 62 Principals and 5 Zonal Secretaries at Lisabi Grammar School, Idi-Aba in Abeokuta. 

He said that before the inception of Prince Dapo Abiodun led administration, education sector in the state was in comatose, as a result of lack of funding for over 3 years by the last administration, noting that unpaid salaries to teachers and non-teaching staff, infrastructural decay across the Schools culminating to unconducive teaching environment were factors militating against the development of the sector.

Adeyemi said that the challenges in the sector upon resumption of office by Governor Abiodun  was so enormous that the Governor  had  to declare a state of emergency, commending that the present administration by taken the bull by the horn, making sure that schools across the state are well funded and ensuring prompt payment of teachers’ salaries.

He stated further that the renovation and construction of classrooms in public schools, provision of test books and instructional materials to students, provision of running cost, training and re-training of teaching and non-teaching staff, ban on collection of illegal fees, adoption of Community schools and teachers amongst others were indices indicating that the present administration is serious about revamping the fallen standard of education in the State.

‘’ Let me first appreciate the his Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun for the giant stride in the education sector, I remember very well on the 29 of May, 2019 in his inaugural speech declaring a state of emergency in education sector, we can now see that the reasons cannot be far fetch as we have been able to identify the enormous challenges in the sector.’’ Adeyemi said. 

While urging the newly inductees to see the appointment as an opportunity to impact lives of the students positively, Adeyemi said they should also add value to the development of education sector in the state.

Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary and Secondary Education, Mrs. Ronke Soyombo urged the newly inductees to be diligent and  be committed to improving standard of education in the State. 

She added that Principals must create a disciplinary department, to address unruly tendencies exhibited by teachers and students, so that sanity could prevail in their schools, urging them to promote enabling environment and provide regular leadership training for their staff.

In her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), Mrs. Mojisola Dosunmu informed that the Vice Principals being inducted as principals, were thoroughly screened, in accordance with the guidelines of the Commission. 

Represented by the Director of Information, Mr. Kehinde Onasanya, Mrs. Dosunmu noted that Principals are expected to produce accurate and objective reports of their schools’ activities, saying Zonal Secretaries must also present monthly rendition of their zones to the Commission.
Speaking earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education Science and Technology, Mrs. Abosede Ogunleye, implored all inductees to allow wisdom influence their actions for academic excellence to thrive in their schools.

In her goodwill message, the President Association of Nigeria Confederation of Principals, Dr.  Ayodele Womiloju, admonished them to always appear neat, as they assume new position of authority..