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Salary Crisis: Kwara State Government to Separate Basic Schools from Junior, Secondary Schools

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By Mosunmola Ayobami, Ilorin

As part of efforts to overcome non-payment of civil servants’ salaries most especially the elementary level teachers under SUBEB, the Kwara State Government has moved to disentangle basic school from junior and senior secondary.

This proposal came when it behoves on state government that the role of this set of teachers in forming what other cadre of teachers build on at junior, senior and tertiary education level respectively

The Senior Special Assistant to Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, Dr Muyideen Femi Akorede, made this disclosure on Tuesday while briefing the newsmen on the issue discussed at the state Executive Council meeting.

“The Council has endorsed the approach of disentangling basic school from junior and senior secondary schools to ensure the primary school teachers get salary from whatever comes in monthly.

“The council wants to know the cost of implication first, that is why it’s coming as proposal having seen it done in states like Osun,” he said

He urged NULGE who wishes to go against the proposal to show understanding with state government as it looks for ways of addressing salary payment in the state

Earlier, the Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr. Babatunde Ajeigbe, said with the interim report made available to the state governor, a high level of absenteeism on the part of secondary school teachers was revealed. He said such would be dealt with in line with Civil Service rules.

Ajeigbe said a sum of N50million out of N67million has been realised to offset part of Kwara College of Education Lecturers’ salaries      

“On funding the tertiary institution, which varies from KWASU, COED, N50million out of N67M has been realised for Kwara State College of Education Ilorin to ensure the school clears their outstanding salaries,” he explained

Also speaking, the Attorney-General of the state, Barrister Kamaldeen Ajibade, said the state government would continue to ensure that the peace and harmony Kwara State is known is maintained, which he said made his ministry to brace up on litigation and land ownership tussle.

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