The state government of Ondo has approved that primary school teachers can now be given the status of permanent secretaries, along with other civil servants.
The chairman of the Ondo State Universal Basic Education Board, Mr. Victor Olabimtan, revealed this during his interactive meeting with the head teachers in the state’s three senatorial districts in Akure, the state capital.
Olabimtan, who distributed promotional letters to 2,111 teachers, about 85 of whom were upgraded to Level 16 (PS status), reiterated the government’s sincere intention to create a favorable environment for teaching.
He commended Governor Rotimi Akeredolu for providing the UBEC counterpart funds that had been neglected for about five years until now, paving the way for massive school reconstruction, renovations and furniture provision.
However, the chairman frowned at the “declining student population in public schools, despite the government’s efforts”.
but “Ondo State Government will not yield to its efforts to improve school standards and staff.”
The chairman of SUBEB also strongly condemned the attitude of some teachers who took their biological children to private schools and ruled that it had become an offense for any public school teacher to take their pupils to private schools.
He said: “The teachers will henceforth be held responsible for any drop in enrollment in primary schools.”
Olabimtan also instructed the education secretary in the state’s 18 local government areas to “do not hesitate to report any teacher who was found to be underserved in their position for potential sanctions.”
In his remarks, the state president of the Parents’ Teachers’ Association, Alhaji Abimbola Omoloja, praised the governor for his interest in lifting the foundation’s education.
The chairman of the PTA requested the return of extracurricular activities to schools.