With an assurance of improved welfare packages including the implementation of long-awaited promotion and the payment of 20 percent of basic salary to encourage deployment to hinterlands, Ekiti teachers have been urged to be more conscientious at work this year.
The promise and charge came from the Deputy Governor, Prof Modupe Adelabu when she visited some public primary schools without notice on Monday.
Public schools resumed from the Christmas and New Year holiday in Ekiti State on Monday.
The SUBEB chair, who sang and danced with teachers and pupils on their assembly ground, congratulated them for the grace of God which kept them alive, hale and hearty to resume school.
She disclosed that a committee which also comprises representatives of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has been set up to look into matters
affecting teachers promotion adding that teachers posted to rural areas will now be taking 20 per cent their basic salaries as posting allowance to discourage rejection which has denied pupils in the remote areas a lot of benefits.
The deputy governor who described teachers as key stakeholders in the realisation of the education agenda of the Governor Kayode Fayemi administration, said the government will always accord top priority to their (teachers’) welfare in the Land of Honour State.
Affirming that the government has paid all salaries and allowances of all workers (including teachers) in the state, the deputy governor urged them to reciprocate the government’s gesture by working harder with the fear of God to bring up the children, who she described as future leaders. God.
She reminded the teachers that education remained the most exportable product that has earned Ekiti the Fountain of Knowledge State tag.
In their separate responses, Mrs Bamidele of St. Thomas Aquinas Nursery and Primary School, Irona, and Mrs Ayodele of St. Peter’s Nursery and Primary School, Ago Aduloju, commended the governor for the prompt payment of workers’ salaries and allowances which, they said boosted the workers last year.
They also lauded government’s giant strides in the education sector, pointing out that teachers and pupils morale have been boosted.
They both expressed the readiness of their colleagues to work harder to reciprocate the government’s gesture and support government’s effort to completely restore the glory of education.
Among the schools visited in Ado-Ekiti township were: Emmanuel Anglican Nursery and Primary School; Harding Nursery and Primary School; St. Stephen Nursery and Primary School; Holy Trinity Nursery and Primary School, St. Matthias Nursery and Primary School; Messiah Nursery and Primary School; St. Thomas Aquinas Nursery and Primary School; and St. Peter’s Nursery and Primary School, Ago Aduloju, a suburb of the state capital.
Last modified: January 8, 2014