Olusola Warns Education Secretaries Against Exploitation Of Teachers

DSC_0471Ekiti State government has given a stern warning to public servants in the state to desist from inflicting others with unnecessary burden and hardship through unwarranted exploitation of fellow workers under any guise.

The Deputy Governor, Dr. Kolapo Olusola gave the warning at Igede- Ekiti during the flag – off of the 2013 and 2014 promotion arrears of Primary School teachers in the state.

Dr. Olusola who frowned at the brashness of the 16 Local Government Education Secretaries that connived together to surcharge eligible promotion beneficiaries to pay ₦2500 instead of ₦1500 payable on 6 copies of Annual Performance Evaluation Reports (APER) forms , said that officers found wanting in the act would be severely sanctioned .

He therefore directed that any money collected from the teachers illegally should be refunded to them immediately , adding that he would conduct further investigation to ensure total compliance. The Deputy Governor said that the government was mindful of the plight of the teachers as a result of its inability to pay their salaries and therefore could not fold its arms and allow these category of workers be exploited again.

He charged the management of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to be alive to their responsibilities and ensure proper monitoring of activities of all officers and teachers under the board.

Dr. Olusola also directed teachers who were yet to obtain their original certificate from their institutions of learning to do so and submit them to the Management of SUBEB within 3 months or have their salaries pegged.

In his remarks, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Jide Egunjobi said that government of Mr. Ayodele Fayose was determined to further motivate teachers through the approval of promotion for both teaching and non- teaching staff of Public Primary and Secondary Schools in Ekiti State.

In his welcome address, the Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Senator Bode Ola, who was represented by the Commissioner 1 of SUBEB, Hon. Taye Olatunji  said that promotion of teachers is one of the motivating factors employed by the present government to uplift the standard of Education in Ekiti State, which
had been yielding results.