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Makinde Charges Newly-Recruited Teachers on Professionalism, Promises Continuous Training

…says recruitment based on merit

Oyo State Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, on Monday, charged the 5,000 newly-recruited teachers and 700 non-teaching staff converted to teaching cadre to embrace professionalism in the discharge of their duties.

The Governor, while speaking at the Induction and Training Programme for the new teachers employed by the post-Primary School Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), held at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, said that the teachers’ appointments were based on merit.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the Governor as equally saying that his administration will continue to train and retrain the new teachers and give them all the necessary support needed for the success of their works.

He said: “I want to use this opportunity to congratulate the inductees. I am sure that the majority of you got this appointment by merit. It is not because you know a Permanent Secretary or the Governor or anybody. You applied, they called you for the test, you did the interview and you were successful.

“Well, you may or may not know. I was going to cancel my engagement here but I am glad that I came. You are being inducted into a noble profession and some of you will go on to do some other things. This is just the beginning but not the end for all of you.

“Some of you will leave the teaching line and become politicians. We may have the future Governor here; it has happened before. Alhaji Lam Adesina was a teacher before he became Governor. So, don’t rule anything out. Even if you don’t become Governor, two of my teachers are here, some of the students you will teach may become Governor.”

Governor Makinde, who maintained that his administration will continue to put the interest of the State first, added that his administration has been expanding the economy of the State through different policies and programmes.

He charged the teachers to always put the interest of the State first in the discharge of their duties and to see themselves as indispensable partners in the task of repositioning Oyo State and taking its people from poverty to prosperity.

“People have been asking how we have been doing it in Oyo State. Others are paying half salaries and struggling. They are rescinding their decisions to pay the national minimum wage, but we are paying the minimum wage, the consequential adjustment and we are also recruiting. Not just teachers, even health care professionals. We are also recruiting environmental officers.

“Also, the first batch of our agri-business trainees on the YEAP programme have been trained. Those in the second batch have started their training yesterday and we have decided that we will train up to 10,000 of them.

“So, we are creating opportunities in Oyo State. We are expanding our economy, and education is one of the pillars of this administration.

“The burden that we have to carry is such that everything that you do in your various schools will definitely reflect on the overall performance of this administration,” the Governor added.

He also called on the new teachers to partner with the State Government in its bid to improve the education system, saying that the State has moved from number 26th to 11th position in the comity of States.

He said: “So, I ask you to partner with us, to continue to make the kind of progress we have continued to see so far. When we came in, Oyo State was at number 26 out of 36 States. We were behind all the States in the Southern part of the Country but, today, we have moved to number 11. So, you have to continue on that path, and one thing that I promise you is, this administration will not abandon you.

“We will continue to train and retrain you. And we will continue to provide opportunities for you. But I beg of you, our future generations are the ones that you are going to mold. So, every time you wake in the morning to go to your various schools for your assignments, have it at the back of your minds that the little contribution you are making has ramifications for our future as a State and as a Country.”

Earlier, the Chairman, Oyo State post-Primary Schools Teaching Service Commission, Pastor Akinade Alamu, said the support given to TESCOM by Governor Makinde helped the commission to achieve success in many areas, including the welfare of the staffers and the approval of 1,500 principals of secondary schools who were on Grade Level 15 because there were no vacancies for them to become principals of secondary schools.

Alamu said: “Your Excellency approved that they all be promoted to Grade Level 16. You maintained that their promotion should not be tied to vacancies in secondary schools as vice principals.

“Your Excellency, at the inauguration of this TESCOM board in October 2020, you gave us a mandate to make positive impact to improve the image of TESCOM, which was riddled with corruption and other vices.

“You made a promise to us that you would support us with all that we might need to achieve success in this assignment, and Your Excellency has not failed at any time to give us the greatest support.

“Also, Your Excellency approved that training be conducted for the principals and vice principals of secondary schools in Oyo State.

“You also graciously approved the creation of four additional TESCOM zones in Oyo State. This brings the zones in Oyo State to 10.

“Now, to the issue proper, which is the appointment of 5,000 teachers. The Governor approved that they be appointed and also approved money for the CBT and the interview of these applicants. Your Excellency, this is the result of the approval you gave for the appointment of 5,000 teachers.

“They have been posted to all schools in Oyo State, all Local Governments, and we have been monitoring them; most of them are youths and still fresh from higher institutions and they are performing wonderfully well. So, we believe that they will not disappoint us.

“The Governor also approved funds for the training and induction of these new teachers, that is why we are here. And today being the final day, having gone to all the 10 zones to train and induct the teachers in various zones, we are here now at this closing programme, where these ones will be inducted.”

The Governor performed the symbolic presentation of certificates of attendance to some of the inductees after the Permanent Secretary of TESCOM, Mrs. Grace Oderinde, administered the oath on the inductees.

Signed

Taiwo Adisa

Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde

 

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Oyo State Has Stamped Out Examination Malpractice in Schools – TESCOM Chair

…..As TESCOM Trains 5000 Newly-Trained Teachers, 700 Teachers on Conversion

The Chairman, Oyo State Post-Primary Teaching Service Commission, Hon Akinade Alamu has disclosed that examination malpractice in schools has been stamped out in the State, as the 5000 newly-recruited teachers and 700 were trained on working ethics and conducts among other areas, as part of induction exercise approved for the teachers.

He said this while declaring open a two-day Induction and Training Programme for the newly-recruited and converted teachers on Monday at Ansar-Deen Grammar School, Sango, Saki, Saki West Local Government.

Alamu stated that reports coming from the schools the newly-recruited teachers were posted showed that they have been performing more than expected, an achievement he attributed to the rigorous academic standards set for their recruitment.

Recall that about 400 of the applicants for the teaching appointment were first class graduates from universities in Nigeria, while the cut-off mark for selection of successful applicants was pegged at 50% (fifty percent).

“We have achieved what many administrations before the advent of Governor Seyi Makinde could not achieve, today I can tell you that apart from an upward curve in performance chat of our students in internal and external examinations, the evil effects of exams malpractice is no more, as we have stamped out the bad habit.

“This was achieved through the provision of required teaching and learning inputs and encouraging welfare package for the teachers, while students today have access to books, science equipments and good learning environment.

“The aim of this training is to ensure that students performance in WAEC and NECO examinations match Government investment on education, we believe that in line with the national policy on education declaration 2006, which states that no education system can rise above the quality of teachers in the system.

“There is need to focus on teachers’ adequacy and competence since the success of students will always depend largely on the amount of learning that take place in the classrooms, I appeal to all participants to make the best use of the opportunity provided by this training exercise.”

The TESCOM Chairman informed the gathering that the State Government has recently approved the establishment of four new zonal offices for the State, out of which two would be at the Oke-Ogun area of the State.

He added that the implication of the new zonal offices was that four new Permanent Secretaries would be appointed.

Also at the training was the Chairman, Saki West Local Government, Engr. Sarafadeen Omirinde, the Full-Time Member of Board of TESCOM, Alhaji Mudasiru Awujoola, Part-Time Board Member, Hon. Akeem Olalekan, representative of the State Chairman of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), who is the Chairman Saki West NUT, Alhaji Mikhail Adedoyin and the Oke-Ogun Zone 1 Chairman of the All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary School (ANCOPPS).

 

Signed:

 

Wasiu Olatunbosun (P.hd)

Hon. Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism,

Ibadan.

 

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Oyo Govt Adjusts School Calendar

…Appreciates Stakeholders on Adherence To Covid-19 Regulations

In order to conform with the agreement reached by the Federal Government and the West African Examination (more…)

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Oyo State School-On-Air: Airtel To Give 500MB Data To Each Participating Student

The Oyo State Task Force has disclosed that the School-on-Air programme is designed to fill the gap for Students in SS3.

The acting Chairman of the State COVID-19 Task Force, Prof. Temitope Alonge, disclosed this in a statement released on Saturday, April 4, 2020, shortly after the regular review meeting of the Task Force.

Prof. Alonge noted that the School-On-Air Programme is supported by Airtel with a donation of 500mb of data to each participating student.

The Task Force acting Chairman said in the statement that: “The Commissioner for Education, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye, who briefed the Task Force, said the programme being run on the Radio and Television Channels of the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS), was already reaching between 60 and 70 percent of the student population.

The Task Force was further alerted to the decision of Governor Seyi Makinde to roll out palliatives to residents of the State within a short while.

The statement noted that the Ministry of Special Duties and Women Affairs and Social Inclusion are working out the modalities for the distribution of the palliatives in a way that would ensure the people who are really in need are directly reached.

 

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Oyo State Ministry of Education Press Release

Oyo State Ministry of Education is aware of the protest at the Government College Ibadan. We are currently engaging with all the stakeholders involved, and the position of this administration is that no child will be sent out of school.

The population of students continue to increase in public schools due to the inclusive policy of His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde and many of out of school children are now back into their various classrooms.

His Excellency has already made the provision to increase the capacity of classrooms, more school’s infrastructure, more teachers and materials. All these are going through the implementation process and will soon be visible to the members of the public.

In the meantime, we are appealing to the parents and teachers to take precautions during this talk among the stakeholders and the joint press will be released shortly.

Finally, the mandate of our administration on education remains the same, prioritizing free qualitative and economic driven education to address the key challenges so much that no child is left behind in the acquisition of holistic knowledge.

 

 

Prof D K Shangodoyin

Honourable Commissioner for Education, Oyo State.

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Oyo To Promote, Honour Teachers According To Students’ Performance

Oyo State Government has declared that public school teachers would henceforth be promoted and honoured according to their diligence and efficiency, as reflected in the overall performance of their students in external examinations.

The declaration was on Wednesday made by the Chairman, Oyo State Post-primary Schools Teaching Service Commission {TESCOM} at an Interactive session he had with School Managers, Saki zone, Oke Ogun, that was held at main hall of Ansaru Deen High School, Saki, as he hinted that a committee has been set up by the Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde to have data and measurement of individual teacher across the State after which he would personally award the most efficient among them.

He said promotion of teachers would no more be ‘business as usual’ as the State administration has concluded plans to award excellency, based on measures of efficient and productive input by teachers to make their students excel in external examinations, adding that workers’ remuneration that have always been a major cause of worry before the Seyi Makinde administration came to office has been overcome.

”You can see that our Government is a listening one, we are here today to have some feedback, tell us which area we need to improve as Government and I can assure you that era of unpaid salary has gone forever as this administration will continue to make prompt payment of salary its priority.

“In the last promotion that we did where over eight hundred (800) teachers got promoted, there were no report on the beneficiaries, everybody was just moved together at the same time, though we believe our teachers are noble, good and hard-working but we may have some bad eggs, who are lazy and might have might have scaled through without been qualified and the hard-working ones will be feeling cheated.

“This is why we are contemplating that at the end of every year, there must be reports on our teachers’ conducts and activities, teachers that are sanctified to be good and efficient need not wait for general promotion, they will be promoted and honoured as at when due.”

According to the Chairman, the interactive session which had started with Saki Zone is to be held across the Six Zones in the State and was meant to maintain a good rapport between the Commission and its teachers.

Earlier in her welcome address, Saki zonal head,  Deaconess Aderonke Oladoyinbo appreciated the giant stride taken by the present Government under the leadership of Engr. Seyi Makinde towards improvement of the educational sector.

“This Government is playing a great role to ameliorate the plights of teachers and even students by regular payment of monthly salaries, 13 month even paid, issuance of car loan to teachers, mass promotion of teachers that have stagnated on GL 15, provision of almost 23% of State Budget on Education, free distribution of note and textbooks, intervention classes and many more.”

Oladoyinbo then called on teachers to reciprocate the good gesture of the present administration and cooperate with the government by being efficient at their duty posts.

 

 

 

Hon. Wasiu Olatunbosun, PhD.,

Hon. Commissioner, 

Min. of Information, Culture & Tourism,

Oyo State Government.

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Oyo Govt Opens Bid For 2018 Intervention Projects

…To Roll Out 198 Contracts

At least, 87 Local contractors on Thursday participated in the bid opening exercise for the 2018 FGN-UBEC/OYOSUBEB intervention projects held at Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board’s premises.

The exercise, according to the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran was done in compliance with provision of Oyo State Public Procurement Act 2010.

“We allowed due process in this bid opening, which states that people should be allowed to tender for any goods and/or services, and the tender should be open in the presence of the tenderers”, he said.

While he reiterated Governor Seyi Makinde’s administration’s commitment to transparency, openness and integrity at all times, the Chairman also revealed that the projects are being jointly financed by Oyo State Government through the State Universal Basic Education Board and the Federal Government, through the Universal Basic Education Commission.

The Chairman revealed that 198 contracts are being rolled out, adding that the process involved transparency and due process.

He said the projects include construction of five Model schools, six ECD Pilot centers, 32 blocks of 3-classroom buildings and 15 blocks of 4-classrooms.

Also, the contractors are bidding for renovation of 59 blocks of classrooms, sinking and erection of 40 units of borehole tanks and tank stands.

Others are, procurement of 36 classroom furniture, sports equipment, 16 motorcycles and one hilux.

Dr. Adeniran also disclosed that the Board is in the process of accessing 2019 FGN-UBEC/OYOSUBEB Intervention funds, saying the State Government has approved the release of its counterpart fund.

The Chairman therefore urged most eligible tenderer to deliver a thorough job and ensure speedy completion of the 2018 intervention projects.

He said, “Bidders are strongly advised to ensure speedy project execution, as this administration has zero tolerance for time wastage, as far as project execution is concerned”.

The bid opening exercise was witnessed by representatives of Universal Basic Education Commission, Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Bureau of Public Procurement, Federal Ministry of Education.

Other bodies represented include, Nigeria Institute of Engineers, Nigeria Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers and CSACEFA.

 

 

Hon. Wasiu Olatunbosun, PhD.,

Hon. Commissioner, 

Min. of Information, Culture & Tourism,

Oyo State Government.

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