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Ondo State Government has directed that promotion of teachers in Public Primary School will no longer be automatic as from next year.
The Executive Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, Rt Hon Victor Olabimtan dropped the hint during an interactive session with the Education Secretaries from the eighteen Local Government Areas of the State at the Board Corporate Headquarters, Akure.
According to Olabimtan the directive became necessary in order to enhance the performance of pupils of public schools in Common Entrance Examination into Public Secondary Schools in the State.
The Ondo SUBEB boss who said the State Government was not happy with the level of performance of the pupils having provided enabling environment for good performance
Hon Olabimtan noted that government has decided to place the promotion of teachers on performance bond starting from next year.
“Consequently from the next year no teacher will be promoted to the next grade levels especially from 13 and above without empirical evidence that the wards under him or her performed very well in their examinations”
Olabimtan a seasoned school administrator before venturing into politics avered that the State Government cannot continue to pretend as if all is well with the system, lay by and gloss over the current performance of pupils in Public Schools for a State which education is its main industry.
Considering the State Government’s huge investment in the basic education sector through the construction and renovation of over 900 schools and distributions of free instructional material to pupils, the government expects better delivery from teachers and performance from pupils in all examinations.
While admonishing the Education Secretaries and Head Teachers to live up to expectations said the State Government won’t hesitate to deal with anybody, no matter how highly placed, trying to sabotage the established high performance standard in Education the State is known for.
As a way of improving the performance of pupils at both internal and external examinations in all Public Schools in the State he opined that right from next year there is not going to be automatic promotion for any teacher in our Public Primary School.
All promotions, especially from grade 13 and above will be subjected to performance evaluation by the Board and the Ministry of Education Science and Technology.
Towards this ends SUBEB boss said as from the beginning of the new academic session the Board is going to invigorate its monitoring and supervisory mechanism by paying unscheduled visits to all the schools in the State to ensure teachers are in classes doing what they were employed to do.
According to the former Speaker Ondo State House of Assembly the present level of performance of pupils in Public Primary School can be attributed to lack of discipline, dedication, truancy and non challant attitudes on the part of some teachers and monitoring the way it should be done by School administrators and Education Secretaries.
The Chairman warned teachers who are in the habits of absconding grin duties or engaging in selling and buying during school session to desist because anybody caught in the act will face the music.
According to him there are credible information that some teachers come to school at will while others do not come at all but employed someone else to do their jobs while engaging in another activities at the detriment of students under their care adding that some even travelled abroad without appropriate approval vowing that anybody caught will face the penalties.
He therefore admonished the Education Secretaries as the head of each Local Government Education Authority Area, LGEA and Headteacher of various Schools to be on top of their jobs as they will be held responsible for any lapses in their areas and schools.
While underscoring the need for Education Secretaries and Head Teachers to embark on vigorous enrollment drive for pupils bbefore the commencement of new academic session in September in order to increase pupils population in their schools the Chairman directed the School Administrators to engage all the necessary stakeholders in the LGEAs like traditional rulers and their likes in the advocacy campaigns to achieve desire goal
The high point of the meeting was the symbolic presentations of Promotion Letters to some grade level 16 teachers by the Chairman assisted the the Full Time Members I & 2 and the Permanent Secretary Princess Funmilayo Ademulagun Brown, Hon Saka Yussuf Ogunleye and Chief Dele Akinnagbe respectively.