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Parents hail govt over teachers promotion on merit

By Jimoh Ahmed, Owo

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The decision of the Ondo State Government to stop automatic promotion for primary school teachers in the state has attracted applause from parents, especially in the Ondo North Senatorial district.

 The parents believed it was a good development that would return education to its glory era.

A parent, Alhaji Ibrahim Farooq in Owo, said, “when teachers know that they cannot be promoted without tests, they will buckle up and do more personal development, which is very germane to their outputs”.

He opined that the decision would gear up teachers to be more effective.

Another parent, Mrs Kafilat Obajana in Ikare Akoko, said the yearning for improvement in the standard of education, particularly in the public schools, would be assured by the state government’s decision state government’s decision.

Obajana stressed that it was sad to see private schools leading public schools in joint examinations despite the massive government investment in education.

Meanwhile, a retired education officer from Eshe Akoko, Mr Sunday Dada, opined that stopping the automatic promotion of teachers may lead to a shortage of teachers in the schools.

He noted that the most appropriate step to salvage the fallen standard of education is to recruit young and qualified teachers to fill the vacant positions in both primary and secondary schools in the state.

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