Oyo State governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has commended teachers in the State for their dedication and support to the incumbent administration, especially in the battle to contain the dreaded Covid-19 pandemic.
In a statement signed by the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye and made available to newsmen on Monday, the State government saluted Oyo teachers for being partners in the drive to promote qualitative education in the State.
He urged them not to relent in working towards returning Oyo State back to its rightful position in academic excellence among other States in Nigeria.
“We felicitate with teachers in Oyo State as they join others in the world to mark this year’s World Teachers’ Day, they have proved beyond doubt that they are partners in progress with the support given the present administration to take our State back to its rightful place in academic excellence among others in Nigeria.
“They have supported this government in its drive to make education available to all and bring back the out-of-school children to class with our free and qualitative education to our pupils in public primary and secondary schools across the State.
“They have shown their gallantry in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic as they gave the required support to combat and contain the dreaded disease from spreading to our schools, we urge them not to relent in these efforts so that we can achieve the standard of education that we crave to bequeath to the coming generation,” he appealed.
SimilarlyThe Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Adeniran said the goverent will continue to provide enabling environment for teachers to thrive in Oyo State, adding that it would also ensure uninterrupted payment of their allowances, while it initiates benefitting trainings for them
Adeniran in his mesaage to the teachers also said the State Government would not rest on its oars in providing incentives to teachers, especially in the rural areas to encourage young talents to join the teaching profession.
“Teachers are one of the most influential forces for equity, access and quality in education. Engr. Seyi Makinde’s administration places much emphasis on human capital development.
“We will give more attention to training and re-training of teachers in order to enhance their capacities for effective service delivery,” he said.
Adeniran also assured teachers that the State Government is progressively addressing some of the fundamental issues of teachers and education in the state.
He added that, to revitalise the sector, there was a need to unleash potentials for socio-economic development.
He noted that revitalising the sector had given rise to the training and re-training of teachers, adding that the process would be extended to teachers in the rural areas.
He also commended the efforts of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Association of Primary School Head Teachers and other bodies who pursue teachers’ professionalism in a bid to strengthen teacher quality.