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Teachers’ recruitment: ODHA harps on merit

By Josephine Oguntoyinbo

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Ondo State House of Assembly has stressed the importance  of merit-based employment to qualitative education in the state in the ongoing recruitment into primary and secondary schools.

The House said it is committed to performing its responsibilities towards enhancing the education sector in the State.

The Chairman, House Committee on Education, Science and Technology, Mr Kolawole Ologede stated this when he led other members  to the State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology  and the Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM)  in Akure.

Ologede said the visit was aimed at assessing and  critical issues regarding education in the State.

He promised that the House will work closely with relevant MDA’s to address challenges, enhance teacher effectiveness, and create a conducive learning environment for  students

The Committee emphasized the importance of enhancing teachers performance through capacity building  to equip teachers with modern teaching techniques and methodologies and funding of education to restore the glory of education in the State, noting that the recent performance of students in JAMB called for urgent attention.

The lawmakers equally charged the management to advance technical education in the State and give  bursary, scholarship to students.

Earlier, the State Commissioner for Education, Mr Laolu Akindolie informed that efforts were in top gear towards getting funding  for education outside government by collaborating with development partners, including the World Bank.

According to him, reawakening of teachers to duties and introducing entrepreneurship in the curriculum of schools are part of what the Ministry is working towards.

The Commissioner hinted that the Ministry is proposing N20,000 bursary increment from N10,000  to students in tertiary institutions apart from scholarship and financial support.

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Also, the Administrative Secretary TECSOM, Mrs Bayo-philip thanked the lawmakers for the visit, noting that it was a reflection of a shared commitment of the Legislative arm to improving education standard.

She added that the  Commission was established to oversee and manage matters relating to recruitment, appointment, promotion, discipline, and welfare of teachers within the state’s educational system, promising to work towards achieving the set goal.

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