Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has said for policies intended to improve education in Nigeria to succeed, teachers must be put on the driver’s seat in the implementation of such policies.
He stated this in Ado-Ekiti while playing host to students from the state who represented Nigeria at an international debate competition in Singapore.
In a statement on Wednesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, the governor said the importance of teachers to the success of policies in the education sector could not be over-emphasised.
”My attitude is to put you on the job and monitor you till result is achieved. Government policies in education sector without teachers being on the driver’s seat will fail. Our children and wards spend more time with their teachers than with their parents and guardians. The antidote for the decay in education is love for teachers and I will support anything education,” he said.
Fayose said building social infrastructure without solid education for the citizenry would in the end amount to nothing.
He explained that the state government was investing heavily in the sector because education was the future of the state.
He expressed happiness that the investment was paying off with the great feats the state was recording in the sector.
He listed some of the feats to include coming first in NECO examinations, improved position in WAEC examinations, emerging victorious in many national competitions including the Junior Engineers Technologists and Scientists competition among others.
The National Coordinator of President’s School Debate Nigeria, Elder Oritu Dare, who led a team from the Presidency to the state, said the team from Ekiti that represented the country in Singapore did well.
He said their performance was a testimony to the high standard of education in the state.
Meanwhile, Governor Fayose has given monetary rewards to some students and their teachers who did the state proud in various competitions.
Master Tosin Adedipe from Shepherd International School, Ado-Ekiti who emerged the nation’s best in the Young Scientist Competition held in Abuja, was given N2.5 million. His school also got N1.5 million, while his teacher got N500,000.
The governor also said the state government would build a block of three-classroom in the school.
He promised that such rewards would henceforth be given to winners of academic laurels and their schools.
Sunday, July 23 2017, 5:56 am
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