Ogun State to employ non-teaching staff for service delivery
The acting chairman, Ogun State Teaching Service Commission, Mr. Timothy Adebowale, has said the government will employ more non-teaching staff to boost the performance of workforce in public secondary schools across the state.
He said this while declaring open a one-day induction/workshop for branch executives and unit leaders of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions in Abeokuta, the state capital.
He said the Governor Ibikunle Amosun-led administration was committed to its promises, noting that there would be more recruitment of non-academic staff in order to strengthen the workforce in the school environment.
He said, “In an academic environment, the non-teaching staff also play vital role in boosting educational development. They complement the teaching staff.”
He reminded the union leaders of their roles as team builders and decision makers.
Adebowale said, “Leadership is a responsibility of getting the support of others to achieve common task, hence newly elected officers must work tirelessly to ensure that members in their units are part of the rebuilding process.”
The chairman of the union, Mr. Bayo Lasisi, while appreciating the governor’s commitment, advised participants to make the best use of the workshop to broaden their knowledge about industrial relations.
Meanwhile, the Ogun State commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Olusegun Odubela, has warned pupils in public secondary schools and teachers in the state against truancy
He gave this warning in Abeokuta at the end of the monitoring exercise for the second term 2014/2015 academic session.
Odubela said SSS 3 pupils were henceforth required to make 80 per cent attendance as the condition for payment of their West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination by the government.
He also warned principals to check truancy among their teachers, noting that it is unacceptable for pupils to get to school and discover that there is no teacher to teach them.
He said, “Final year students in the Ogun State public secondary schools are now required to make 80 per cent attendance in classes before their West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination fee will be paid by the state government.
“Most students are taking the free education policy of the state government for granted. They believe that whether they attend classes or not, they will be presented for final examination.
“To check the ugly trend, some measures have to be put in place and this is what we have started with.
“Principals must stop granting permission to teachers who are fond of taking excuses at the expense of their job. Henceforth, disciplinary measures would be taken against erring teachers.”
SOURCE – Punch