Ondo State Government has revealed there would not be automatic promotion for teachers in the public primary school from next year.
The Executive Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, Victor Olabimtan dropped the hint during an interactive session with the Education Secretaries from the 18 Local Government Areas of the State at the board’s Headquarters in Akure.
According to Olabimtan, the directive became necessary in order to enhance better performance of pupils in public schools in Common Entrance Examination into public secondary schools in the State.
The Ondo SUBEB boss said the state government was not happy with the level of performance of the pupils having provided enabling environment for good performance.
He revealed that government had decided to place the promotion of teachers on performance bond starting from next year.
His words: “Consequently from the next year, no teacher will be promoted to the next grade levels especially from 13 and above without empirical evidence that the wards under him or her performed very well in their examinations.
“Considering the State Government’s huge investment in the basic education sector through the construction and renovation of over 900 schools and distributions of free instructional material to pupils, the government expects better delivery from teachers and performance from pupils in all examinations.”
Olabimtan averred that the State Government would not continue to over look the current performance of pupils in public schools for a state which education is its main industry.
While admonishing the Education Secretaries and Head Teachers to live up to expectations, he said the State Government would do all it can to prevent sabotage of the established high standard of education the Sunshine State is known for.
All promotions, especially from grade 13 and above will be subjected to performance evaluation by the Board and the Ministry of Education Science and Technology.
The SUBEB boss noted that the Board would invigorate its monitoring and supervisory mechanism by paying unscheduled visits to all the schools in the state to ensure teachers discharge their duties as expected.
According to the former Speaker Ondo State House of Assembly, the present level of performance of pupils in public primary school could be attributed to indiscipline, truancy and non-chalant attitude to duties.
The Chairman warned teachers who are in the habits of absconding from duties or trading during school session to desist or face the music.
According to him, there are credible information that some teachers shirk their responsibilities at the detriment of students under their care, adding that some even travelled abroad without appropriate approval, vowing that anybody caught will face the penalties.
He therefore admonished the Education Secretaries and the Headteacher to be on top of their jobs as they will be held responsible for any lapses in their respective domains.
While underscoring the need for Education Secretaries and Head Teachers to embark on vigorous enrollment drive for pupils before the commencement of new academic session in September, the Chairman directed the School Administrators to engage all the necessary stakeholders in the LGEAs in the advocacy campaigns to achieve desire goals.
The high point of the meeting was the symbolic presentations of Promotion Letters to some grade level 16 teachers by the Chairman, assisted by the Full- Time Members I & 2 and the Permanent Secretary Princess Funmilayo Ademulagun Brown, Hon Saka Yussuf Ogunleye and Chief Dele Akinnagbe respectively.