This, according to Hon. Victor Olabimtan, state chairman of the Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), came after the declining enrollment of students in public primary schools throughout the state.
In a statement issued in Akure, the board’s head of press and communication services, Bisi Agboola, stated that the government was concerned about the situation despite its investments in elementary education throughout the state.
Agboola, according to the chairman, “frowned at the falling population of children in public schools in spite of government efforts” at a meeting with head teachers from all three senatorial districts of the state.
He said, “Hon Olabimtan highlighted that the teachers will henceforth be held accountable for any decrease in enrollment in schools.
“The SUBEB chairman condemned in strong term the attitude of some teachers taking their biological children to private schools and ruled that it has become an offence for any public school teachers to take their wards to private schools.
“Olabimtan said Ondo state government will not relent in its efforts at upgrading school standard as well as its personnels.
He urged the education secretaries in the 18 local government areas to report any teachers who were found to be unsatisfactory in their duties without delay in order to consider sanctions.
The chairman consequently commanded the teachers to buckle down, take action in the enrollment campaign, abstain from any act of indolence, and do the necessary.
The statement also noted that serving elementary school teachers can now advance to level-16 status, just like their civil service counterparts, thanks to approval from the state administration.
Implicitly, it said, “means they can be taken into consideration for the position of permanent secretary when such a vacancy is opened.
Around 85 of the 2,111 teachers who received promotion letters are in the 16th grade.
Olabimtan thanked governor Akeredolu for providing UBEC Counterpart funding, which had previously gone unutilized for about five years. This funding allowed for the extensive renovation and furnishing of schools as well as their massive reconstruction.
Alhaji Abimbola Omo-Oloja, the state PTA chairman, praised the governor for his interest in restoring the importance of education in his response.
Omo-Oloja called for the resumption of extracurricular activities in schools and vowed the unwavering support of parents at all times. It might interest you to read Oyetola bans roadside trading in Osun
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