By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Oyo House of Assembly has directed the state’s Post Primary Schools Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) to add cultural, creative and visual arts among subjects for which teachers are being sought for in the ongoing recruitment.
The directives followed a motion of Matter of Urgent Public Importance moved by the Chairman, House Committee on Education, Science and Technology, Honourable Olufemi Oluwafowokanmi during the House plenary on Tuesday.
He noted that Arts as a subject has been neglected over time and was going into extinction, just as he urged the Assembly to direct TESCOM to urgently include vacancy for recruitment of Arts Teachers in the ongoing recruitment exercise to keep alive the subject in the school curriculum.
Honourable Oluwafowokanmi who represents Ibadan South-West II state constituency described Arts as a subject that assists in the acquisition of vocational skills which also help contribute to the economic development of local materials and resources, especially the promotion of small-scale industries.
He added that Arts education help in the discovery and improvement of ingenious talent, supports values and inventive works, acculturation, hence recruitment of Arts teachers will greatly enhance the development of the society.
Furthermore, he noted that Arts was required for the attainment of summative certificates in Junior Secondary School, the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) by the federal ministry of education and state government hence should not be neglected.
He also described Arts as a channel of development of modern scientific and technological breakthroughs which must continue to be taught and explored.
In another development, the Assembly’s concern over indiscriminate parking of vehicles by commercial vehicles on roadsides was drawn from a motion by Honourable Seyi Adisa representing Afijio constituency.
He bemoaned indiscriminate parking of vehicles, especially commercial vehicles as expedient.
According to Adisa, there is the need for the state Ministry of Works and Transport to embark on road mapping and lining of all major roads, especially those areas prone to traffic congestion.
In addition, the Assembly urged the state Bureau for investment Promotion and Public-Private Partnership to facilitate the engagement of interested investors for the erection of car parks at most critical locations across the state.