Ondo to employ 2,000 teachers
By Bisi Olominu
To boost education in Ondo State, the state government is set to employ two thousand teachers into the primary education sector.
The Hope reliably gathered that a meeting towards the realisation of this was held last week Friday between the officials of the State Universal Primary Education Board (SUBEB) and the Nigeria Union of Teachers ( NUT).
It was learnt that the meeting which went on for several hours discussed modalities to use in employing the best teachers for pupils at the foundation level.
It was also gathered that the Chairman of NUT in the state, Comrade Oladele Amoko expressed it at the meeting that presently the state primary education sector needs about eight thousand teachers to compete with its counterpart in Nigeria.
Amoko was said to have supplied the agency’s officials with the facts, stressing that in the course of the years past, many teachers have retired in the primary school sector.
After much debate between the two parties, it was therefore resolved that two thousand teachers will soon be employed in primary schools in the state.
Confirming the story yesterday in an exclusive phone interview, the Chairperson of Ondo State Universal Basic Education Board, Princess Oladunni Odu said that the board is set to employ 2,000 primary school teachers in the state.
Her words:” On May Day celebration in the state, the State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu indeed promised to employ more teachers in the primary education sector. It is a known fact that we have shortage of teachers in this sector, reason that we want to ensure that we recruit the best.”
“We are putting our papers together and once approval is given by the governor, we are going to place the advert in the media and those selected will go through series of examinations.
” What we are doing presently is fine tunning the processes and once the approval is given, the exercise will commence. But we want to assure that the best will be employed for the primary schools sector in the state”.
Also speaking on the issue, the NUT Chairman, Oladele Amoko confirmed that the process is ongoing and the union is still asking for more teachers to be employed in the state.
He confirmed that the union has submitted facts and figures to the state government that more teachers like 8,000 are needed to beef up the primary schools in the state.
Amoko however expressed joy that the state government has acceded to the request of the union to employ 2,000 fresh teachers which gladdens one’s heart.