Edo State Government has concluded arrangements to computerize the posting of teachers in public schools in the state to put an end to the lopsidedness in teachers’ posting in the state.
Governor of the state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole made this known yesterday during the inauguration of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).
According to the Governor, it will be the responsibility of the newly constituted board to ensure there is fairness and justice in the posting of teachers.
He said: “the work of this Board is not going to be like the previous boards. You must take critical but necessary decisions to reposition the Board in Edo State. People can easily see how many roads we have built, how many streets have streetlights. But the future of our state lies in the quality of our basic education. The world is unanimous that every child, boy or girl must have access to basic quality education. So this is no longer negotiable.
“The challenge for this government is to give practical expression to this universal commitment. In Nigeria we have spent some time looking at the state of education in the country. I am happy that when we compare Edo state to the rest of the country, we are the best in our own sub-region. I have seen the adverts of our beautiful schools on television, but what these do not tell us is the quality of the teachers”, he noted.
Oshiohole declared “my attitude right now is keep the job if you deserve the job, but if I give you the job in error and I found the following day that I made a mistake that you are not competent, exactly the same way that you celebrate the appointment so we will do the dismissal. The least we can do for the Edo child is to guarantee him good, basic quality education.
“In Edo state we should begin to make a difference. We cannot talk of free basic education and we continue to see children who ought to be in school roaming round the streets. We see them hawking bananas, mangoes and all sorts of things. Therefore part of your responsibility for which you have my full support and I am putting in place committees and mechanism to ensure that we translate the idea of compulsory education. What it means is that no parent in Edo state has a choice whether or not a child who ought to be in school is in school”, he noted.
“If any parent refuses to send his child to school, because it is compulsory scheme, they will have to be punished. For me, it is time to move from rhetoric and begin to try to enforce including using reasonable means to try to enforce the law “he said.
Oshiomhole who debunked insinuations that government would downsize teachers said “this state is not an educationally disadvantaged state. We have young men and women who have the requisite qualification, competence and ready to teach. We are not about to downsize the number of teachers. We need to ensure that any man or woman in the classroom has the requisite qualification and knowledge to manage the school and when the poor and not so poor people take their child to school they should be rest assured that they are in the hands of a competent teacher”.
Responding on behalf of others, Chairman of Board, Mr. Steve Alao, thanked the governor for the confidence reposed in the members and pledged their commitment to discharging their duties without fear or favour.
According to the Chairman “we are aware of the enormity of the assignment given to us. We will work hard enough to discharge our duties with diligence, integrity and accountability and with all the core values that have become the hall mark of your administration. We promise not to let you and the good people of Edo State down”.
The eight member board includes representatives of NUT, Academic Staff Union of Secondary School Teachers.