By Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Biodun Oyebanji, has disclosed the recruitment of 1,300 primary teachers to strengthen the education workforce in the state.
The distribution of appointment letters exercise witnessed jubilations by the teachers.
Governor Oyebanji, who restated his administration’s zero tolerance for examination malpractices, urged the newly recruited teachers to display patriotic commitment, integrity and professional diligence in duties.
“As a State, we declare an unequivocal war on examination malpractice at all levels, and we are not interested in “assisted” colorful examination results that are the product of frauds. We want to maintain our tradition as a disciplined, learned and honorable people. This is our pride which we will keep by all means.
“As a teacher for this millennium, you are to be creative, loving, connected, approachable, adaptive, talented and progressive. Improvisation, problem-solving skills, innovation and real-life interactions are more effective than tired lesson-note and repetitive but ineffective regurgitations. I, therefore, urge you to be the teacher for this age and the game-changing teacher for the future.
“I expect you to adopt this in your pedagogical delivery and to continue to scout for platforms that provide online training on teaching techniques and modern approaches to learning.
“You will be expected to be part of our dream team for the revolution of the school environment to be a place of fun and learning and not a dreaded house of horror,” the Governor said.
He said the 1,300 were recruited from 11,000 applicants, adding that the government had concluded plans to introduce practical agriculture and entrepreneurial skills as part of school curricula in the state.
While congratulating the teachers, the Governor advised them to demonstrate the highest level of professional ethics in which they must not fail in their professional code of conduct as a teacher and must never join in examination misconduct of any form.
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