Increase Teachers’ Retirement Age, constitute TESCOM Board —ASUSS tasks Ondo govt

By: Tolulope Oluwole

As every October 5th is set aside to celebrate teachers wolrdwide, the Academic Staff Union Of Secondary Schools, Ondo State chapter also trooped out to celebrate themselves at the union’s permanent site, Imafon, Igbatoro road, Akure.

The chairman of the Union, Comrade Tajudeen Olatunji Balogun in his opening address, stated that the annual World Teacher’s Day celebration is to recognize the invaluable contributions of teachers towards national building through nurturing the responsible individuals in the society, adding that teachers stand in the position of parents away from home and the responsibility of molding the lives of the younger generation is very immense.
          
While fecilatating with his fellow teachers, the chairman encouraged them not to relent in their duties, stressing that their rewards are not only in heaven, they shall also enjoy the fruits of their labour here on earth.
                 
Balogun said, “The educational system in Nigeria is on it’s kneel. We are in an era of falling standards, an era where academic excellence has been relegated to the background. Students are no longer interested in hardwork but instead, they are derailed by the get-rich- quickly-syndrome. The situation is highly unfortunate and would require a very rigorous process of value disorientation, orientation and constant orientation to get out of. In this regard, teachers have a critical role to play”.
                          
Appreciating the Government of Ondo State under the leadership of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu (SAN) for his efforts on education development in the state, Comrade Balogun mentioned some giant strides like renovation of schools, granting of car loans to teachers, regular promotion of teachers and payment of WAEC fees for the final year students.

                  
“We would like the Government to look in the direction of schools yet to be renovated at all and those requiring further renovation, provision of infrastructure such as teaching aids and books for the libraries, recruitment of more teachers, appointment of more Tutors-General to fill the nine zonal offices, restoration of Grade Level 17 for teachers and Constitution of the Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) Board for more effective management of schools and teachers welfare”.

ASUSS members during the event

“We further appeal that Government should take bold step in the implementation of the elongation of service years of teachers from 35 to 40 years and 60 to 65 years for retirement by age and length of service respectively, return of the shuttle buses back on road for conveying students to and from school, regular release of running grants to schools, as well as mop all leftovers from the promotion exercise of the year 2020, including putting to rest once
and for all, issues that bothers on release of inter-cadre and confirmation of appointment letters for the converted teachers,” Comrade Balogun said.

The Guest Speaker, Dr Adedayo Afe, from the department of History and international studies, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, said in his lecture that teaching is considered as the across of imparting instructions to the learners in the classroom situation, noting that education is the bedrock of development but unfortunately in Nigeria is bisected with myriads of problems which includes poor funding and thus poor educational infrastructures, inadequate classrooms.

“One thing that has crippled most sectors in Nigeria today is bad governance. The educational sector is not an exception. The government is lackadaisical about the crucial problems of education, especially its quality. This situation can be noticed on every level of government. Basic universal education suffers most because primary education is neither fully controlled by the federal government, nor by the state or the local government”.

“Corruption in Nigeria affects every sector of government, including the educational sector, but with a high rate at every level. Bribe-taking is practiced not only by politicians but by people in the educational system, including school authorities. Funds meant for educational infrastructure, salary payments, maintenance, and running of schools and institutions are diverted and mismanaged by corrupt officials in the educational sector”
                    

Afe added “Most schools and institutions in Nigeria are in very bad conditions. In most states, the teaching environment is not conducive. The buildings are in bad shape and most of them lack teaching materials. Schools lack practical or technical facilities. Lack of standard and up-to-date practical facilities makes education to be rather theoretical and quantitative than qualitative”.

“Poor teachers welfare is another major problem atfecting the level of education in Nigeria. It is one of the consequences of both poor funding and corruption. Poor salary scale and bonuses, as well as irregular payments of salaries, are the problems that teachers face in Nigera. It is a sad practice that teachers have to go on industrial actions before they get their salaries. This is more so that even when salaries are paid it would not enable the purchase of required items and services, as the purchasing power of the naira has plummeted”.
           

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu represented by his Special Adviser to the Governor of Ondo State on special duty, Mr Dare Aragbaiye encouraged the teachers to remain committed, not only to their job but to the profession to be shinning lights to the children they are bringing up, they should be good examples. “Their contributions to national development in the society is not what can be quantified in naira and kobo.

“They should not allow the availability of money or otherwise to detract from that, they must remain committed. I can only say that in my capacity as Special Adviser to the Governor, that we will remain always remain to their welfare and their best interest”.
          
Pastor Niran Adeyemo, the Head of Service said that the government is passionate about teachers, “they are being promoted and trained this year. Also, the government is planning to recruit more teachers. “I advise them to be focused on their job, their reward is here on earth, they should not be afraid of anything, their salary is being looked into ans everything will be resolved”.

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By: Tolulope Oluwole

As every October 5th is set aside to celebrate teachers wolrdwide, the Academic Staff Union Of Secondary Schools, Ondo State chapter also trooped out to celebrate themselves at the union’s permanent site, Imafon, Igbatoro road, Akure.

The chairman of the Union, Comrade Tajudeen Olatunji Balogun in his opening address, stated that the annual World Teacher’s Day celebration is to recognize the invaluable contributions of teachers towards national building through nurturing the responsible individuals in the society, adding that teachers stand in the position of parents away from home and the responsibility of molding the lives of the younger generation is very immense.
          
While fecilatating with his fellow teachers, the chairman encouraged them not to relent in their duties, stressing that their rewards are not only in heaven, they shall also enjoy the fruits of their labour here on earth.
                 
Balogun said, “The educational system in Nigeria is on it’s kneel. We are in an era of falling standards, an era where academic excellence has been relegated to the background. Students are no longer interested in hardwork but instead, they are derailed by the get-rich- quickly-syndrome. The situation is highly unfortunate and would require a very rigorous process of value disorientation, orientation and constant orientation to get out of. In this regard, teachers have a critical role to play”.
                          
Appreciating the Government of Ondo State under the leadership of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu (SAN) for his efforts on education development in the state, Comrade Balogun mentioned some giant strides like renovation of schools, granting of car loans to teachers, regular promotion of teachers and payment of WAEC fees for the final year students.

                  
“We would like the Government to look in the direction of schools yet to be renovated at all and those requiring further renovation, provision of infrastructure such as teaching aids and books for the libraries, recruitment of more teachers, appointment of more Tutors-General to fill the nine zonal offices, restoration of Grade Level 17 for teachers and Constitution of the Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) Board for more effective management of schools and teachers welfare”.

ASUSS members during the event

“We further appeal that Government should take bold step in the implementation of the elongation of service years of teachers from 35 to 40 years and 60 to 65 years for retirement by age and length of service respectively, return of the shuttle buses back on road for conveying students to and from school, regular release of running grants to schools, as well as mop all leftovers from the promotion exercise of the year 2020, including putting to rest once
and for all, issues that bothers on release of inter-cadre and confirmation of appointment letters for the converted teachers,” Comrade Balogun said.

The Guest Speaker, Dr Adedayo Afe, from the department of History and international studies, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, said in his lecture that teaching is considered as the across of imparting instructions to the learners in the classroom situation, noting that education is the bedrock of development but unfortunately in Nigeria is bisected with myriads of problems which includes poor funding and thus poor educational infrastructures, inadequate classrooms.

“One thing that has crippled most sectors in Nigeria today is bad governance. The educational sector is not an exception. The government is lackadaisical about the crucial problems of education, especially its quality. This situation can be noticed on every level of government. Basic universal education suffers most because primary education is neither fully controlled by the federal government, nor by the state or the local government”.

“Corruption in Nigeria affects every sector of government, including the educational sector, but with a high rate at every level. Bribe-taking is practiced not only by politicians but by people in the educational system, including school authorities. Funds meant for educational infrastructure, salary payments, maintenance, and running of schools and institutions are diverted and mismanaged by corrupt officials in the educational sector”
                    

Afe added “Most schools and institutions in Nigeria are in very bad conditions. In most states, the teaching environment is not conducive. The buildings are in bad shape and most of them lack teaching materials. Schools lack practical or technical facilities. Lack of standard and up-to-date practical facilities makes education to be rather theoretical and quantitative than qualitative”.

“Poor teachers welfare is another major problem atfecting the level of education in Nigeria. It is one of the consequences of both poor funding and corruption. Poor salary scale and bonuses, as well as irregular payments of salaries, are the problems that teachers face in Nigera. It is a sad practice that teachers have to go on industrial actions before they get their salaries. This is more so that even when salaries are paid it would not enable the purchase of required items and services, as the purchasing power of the naira has plummeted”.
           

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu represented by his Special Adviser to the Governor of Ondo State on special duty, Mr Dare Aragbaiye encouraged the teachers to remain committed, not only to their job but to the profession to be shinning lights to the children they are bringing up, they should be good examples. “Their contributions to national development in the society is not what can be quantified in naira and kobo.

“They should not allow the availability of money or otherwise to detract from that, they must remain committed. I can only say that in my capacity as Special Adviser to the Governor, that we will remain always remain to their welfare and their best interest”.
          
Pastor Niran Adeyemo, the Head of Service said that the government is passionate about teachers, “they are being promoted and trained this year. Also, the government is planning to recruit more teachers. “I advise them to be focused on their job, their reward is here on earth, they should not be afraid of anything, their salary is being looked into ans everything will be resolved”.

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