Ondo earmarks N250m for teachers’ training
By Bukola Olamona
About N250 million has been provided in the 2020 budget for the training of officers in the state public service.
The Head of Service (HOS), Ondo state, Mr Dare Aragbaiye disclosed this at the flag off ceremony of a five Day Training for Computer Teachers in the state organized by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in collaboration with Oracle Academy held at Community Resource Center, Ayedun, Akure.
Aragbaiye who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Establishment, Mr Victor Olajorin said the funds for training is across board and not limited to civil servants, saying that it is a continuous exercise in the state so as to have an improved public service.
He said “it is our vision to train and retrain all public servants across board and not limited to civil servants.
” We are reforming the Civil service the way it should be, we want to go back to the basics, so that the system can be better for it” he stated.
The HOS called on workers to have attitudinal change, lead by example and change their orientation towards work by being a good leader at their own right, also charging the participants to cascade the training and not keep it to themselves so that others could learn.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Femi Agagu said the most important resources of any country are not the physical or material resources but human resources to therefore attention must be given to the teaching of and non teaching staff who mostly determine the quality of education made available to the children in the state.
He enthused that the promotion of quality education is of utmost concern to the administration of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to which was why he came up with a well planned pathway called Blue Print which has brought the sector in the state to greater height.
Agagu posited that Oracle Academy held is in partnership with the ICT department of the Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja and through the partnership, ninety ICT teachers across the three senatorial Districts in the state would be trained in Computer System Curriculum in Education as well as Database Foundation for the teaching of secondary school students.
He therefore enjoined the participants to take the training as a rare opportunity, adding that he expect them cooperate with and concentrate as they will gain a lot from it.
Also in his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Rev Akin Asaniyan who described the event as a giant strides in the state, as ICT is a potent weapon been used all over the world.
He said when the Federal government crafted it’s policy, the state also adapted from the policy, adding that with pride the state has commence the effective training of OCT teachers in the state.
In his goodwill message, the State Chairman Parent Teacher Association,(PTA), Chief Abimbola Omoloja thanked the government for this innovation saying that parents are the major beneficiary as it has given parents the opportunity to check their children’s result online but solicited that the training be a continuous one.
The Chairman All Nigeria Conference of Public Principals(ANCOPPS),Akure South, Mr Akin Claudius who appreciated the government for the training also called on the participants not to take it as a fun as it must be practise in schools as it is the practise in the world.
He did the teachers are the mirror the schools they represents and so should think of self development first so as to replicate it to other teachers in the state.
Ninety teachers benefitted across the state.