Ekiti Promotes Over 6000 Teachers Despite Fund Paucity

DSC_0122 Teachers Promotion Interview at Ikere-EkitiThe Ekiti State Government has said that its decision to promote over 6000 Secondary School Teachers despite the current economic situation and paucity of fund in the state was to further display its commitment to the teachers’ welfare and as well appreciate their laudable contributions to the gradual restoration of the glory of education in
the state.

The state Deputy Governor, Dr. Kolapo Olusola  disclosed this at the African Church Comprehensive High School,  Ikere Ekiti the venue for the promotion interview exercise for teachers whose promotion were due between year 2012 and 2014.

The Deputy Governor said that the accumulation of promotion of teachers became worst with the nonchalant attitude of the immediate past government to teachers’ welfare, adding that the present government would not compromise their promotion and other welfare packages due to them.

Dr. Olusola said that the Fayose –led administration was not only passionate about educational development in Ekiti State but also interested in the well-being of teachers who are critical stakeholders in educational development.

While commending the teachers and non-teaching staff in public Secondary Schools in the State for their input at making the state proud at the last year NECO Examination, the Deputy Governor called on them to intensify efforts at sustaining the feat and also work harder to take the lead in this year’s WAEC Examination.

He however condemned the complacent of a few teachers who failed to attend to the students in some schools with flimsy excuses, with a warning a call for change of attitude from such teachers. The Deputy Governor who assured that government would continue with its on-the-job training policy for all categories of teachers this academic session, stressed that their training would be made residential and properly monitored to make them more rewarding for participants.

In his welcome address, the Commissioner for Education, Mr. Jide Egunjobi said that government would continue to make the welfare of teachers in the state a priority, while calling on teachers to continue to pray for economic turnaround for the nation to enable the government attend to their welfare properly.

While congratulating the teachers for their deserved promotion, the Commissioner condemned the attitude of some principals to the government sponsored intervention program with a charge to them to monitor the scheme in their schools properly.

In their comments, the Chairman of the state Teaching Service Commission, Chief Abiodun Falayi and the Permanent Secretary of the Commission, Mr. Sunday Adebayo thanked the Governor, Mr Ayoele Fayose for granting the approval for the promotion arrears of over 6000 teaching and non-teaching staff of Secondary Schools in the state despite the harsh economic realities prevailing in the Country. They said that the exercise was decentralized into 5 zones to make it less-cumbersome, adding that it would be concluded within 2 weeks.

Some of the participating teachers who spoke with the newsmen commended the governor for approving the promotion exercise which they said have been due for long.