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By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Oyo State Commissioner For Education, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye has confirmed governor Seyi Makinde’s approval to employ more teachers into public schools in the state.
Barrister Olaleye revealed this during his official and familiarisation visit to members of the Teaching Service Commission during their interactive session held at Ayo Labiyi Hall, Lagelu Grammar School, Agugu, Ibadan.
He said, “We have already got the governor’s approval to employ thousand of teachers into public school and the exercise will start any moment from now.”
The commissioner who said the governor’s policy on free education is aimed at bringing quality and standard into the system, stresses that there should be nothing like an illegal collection of fees in public schools.
He said, “There is serious monitoring on all the schools, and I have told them the implications of the act. Also, the issue of out of school children is on the front burner of the government policy on education.”
Speaking at the programme, the commissioner assured them that the government is going to reward hard work and honesty adding that the policy of free education is an opportunity of a lifetime.
“The governor promised to pay your salary as at when due and he has been doing so, so how do you repay him back,” he asked.
In her remark, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Education, Mrs Aminat Atere said the governor reposed much confidence in them as stakeholders in the education section, urging them to justify this by hard work and commitment.
“We should let our mode of dressing, the way, and manner we speak and talk reflect that we are good ambassadors before the children because they look up to us.
“Do not collect more than the normal fee by the government because there is serious monitoring everywhere, so let’s join hands together to give the children quality education,” she said.
Speaking, TESCOM chairman, pastor Akinade Alamu while thanking the commissioner for his visit and words of encouragement, said there is the need to step up the standard of education in the state.
He said the step up would move the state’s standard of education from its 26th position to 10th position or the first position.
“It is sad that Oyo state is 26 in the education ranking, and it is important we have to determine to perform well so that we can improve on education standard in the state.”