By Saheed Ibrahim
The Ondo State chapters of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) and Parents Teachers’ Association (PTA) have hailed Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for giving primary school teachers the opportunity to attain the level-16 status and become Permanent Secretary.
The Chairman, Ondo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Mr. Victor Olabimtan had announced the approval during an interactive meeting with head teachers across the three senatorial districts of the state.
The Chairman, who distributed promotion letters to 2,111 teachers of which about 85 are of grade level-16, reiterated government genuine intention to create conducive atmosphere for teaching.
He thanked Governor Akeredolu (SAN) for providing UBEC Counterpart funding which had hitherto been neglected for about five years, paving way for the massive reconstruction of schools, renovations as well as provision of furniture items.
Olabimtan said Ondo state government will not relent in its efforts at upgrading school standard as well as its personnel, charging the teachers to buckle up and do the needful in the area of enrollment drive and shun any act of indolence.
He however frowned at the dwindling population of pupils in public schools in spite the government efforts saying the teachers will henceforth be hold responsible for any drop in schools ‘enrolment.
The SUBEB Chairman condemned in strong term the attitude of some teachers enrolling their children into private schools and ruled that it had become an offence for any public school teachers to take their wards to private schools.
Reacting, the State Chairman of NUT Victor Amoko expressed heartfelt joy, describing the gesture of the Governor as unprecedented in the Sunshine State.
Amoko said Governor Akeredolu had again demonstrated that the welfare of teacher is of priority to his government.
“When you are giving the enabling environment to reach the peak of your job, an average human being will be happy.
“I, on behalf of the teachers in Ondo State, congratulated the Governor of the state for doing the needful to teachers and furthermore appreciate him for doing something that is very unique to the teachers”, he told The Hope.
The Ondo NUT boss promised the governor that the teachers would reciprocate the privilege and live to their responsibilities.
Also, the State Chairman of Parents Teachers’ Association, Alhaji Abimbola Omo-Omoloja commended Governor Akeredolu for his interest at lifting education from the foundation, pledging unflinching support of parents at all times.