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Kwara State approves promotion arrears for Teachers, Staff of Education Board

The Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has approved the implementation of four years promotion arrears for teachers and staff of the State’s Universal Basic Education Board (KWSUBEB).

The SUBEB Chairman, Professor Shehu Adaramaja who made this known during the commissioning of operational vehicles, motorcycles, electronic gadgets and instructional materials for basic schools, triggered widespread applause from teachers and other workers.

 

They hailed the decision as timely and fitting for the administration’s record of hearkening to the yearnings of the people.

Public basic school teachers in Kwara State were last promoted in 2017.

According to Adaramaja, the conduct of 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 promotion examinations and oral interviews has been expressly approved by the Governor to hold between the 2nd and 5th August 2021.

“Outstanding salary arrears of staff is also not left out as the process is at its peak. We say a big thank you to His Excellency for considering the plight of our staff and finding a solution to the agitation of our staff, he added.

The Governor who was represented by his Deputy, Kayode Alabi said that the administration has unlocked the goldmine of opportunities to revitalise basic education in the state with the renewed relationship with the Universal Basic Education Commission after seven years of an official blacklist of the state.

“Except for the 12-seater bus which has been donated to us by Unity Bank Plc all these facilities are some of the gains of our renewed relationship with the Universal Basic Education Commission,” he said.

AbdulRazaq also acknowledged the prudent management of scarce resources by the leadership of KWSUBEB, leading to the procurement of 1,500 cartoons of white chalks from Kwara State College of Education (Technical), Lafiagi.

The Governor disclosed that the interesting thing is that these facilities are what Kwara should have been enjoying if the last administration had played its own roles stressing that it is a confirmation of the present administration’s position that the last administration opted to kill basic education in the state.

Our efforts have been to restore quality, dignity, and citizens’ confidence to public basic education in the state,” the Governor said.

The Governor added that the tools would not only improve the standard of basic education in the state but would also provide an enabling environment for adequate monitoring and supervision of teaching and learning activities across our schools as well complement the ongoing renovation and remodelling of classrooms across over 600 schools in the state.

“Except for the 12-seater bus which has been donated to us by Unity Bank Plc all these facilities are some of the gains of our renewed relationship with the Universal Basic Education Commission,” he said.

AbdulRazaq also acknowledged the prudent management of scarce resources by the leadership of KWSUBEB, leading to the procurement of 1,500 cartoons of white chalks from Kwara State College of Education (Technical), Lafiagi.

The Governor disclosed that the interesting thing is that these facilities are what Kwara should have been enjoying if the last administration had played its own roles stressing that it is a confirmation of the present administration’s position that the last administration opted to kill basic education in the state.

Our efforts have been to restore quality, dignity, and citizens’ confidence to public basic education in the state,” the Governor said.

The Governor added that the tools would not only improve the standard of basic education in the state but would also provide an enabling environment for adequate monitoring and supervision of teaching and learning activities across our schools as well complement the ongoing renovation and remodelling of classrooms across over 600 schools in the state.

“When you add that to the recent recruitment of 4,701 teachers through a process that was the best of its kind in the recent history of Kwara State, you will see that our vision is comprehensive and clear. On August 5, we will bring stakeholders together to a summit to evolve a holistic strategy for the future of our education sector,” he further disclosed.

AbdulRazaq applauded the Unity Bank PLC for the donation of a 12-seater Hyundai bus and the UBEC management for their support to the State Government and Kwara SUBEB in providing the materials/equipment needed in the schools.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Mrs Adeoshun Mary Kemi applauded the Governor for his giant strides in the education sector.

“You cannot appreciate the magnitude of the contributions of this administration without being reminded of the pathetic situation of the education sector before the advent of the Otoge mantra. The previous administrations left the educational system to a near collapse. The infrastructures were dilapidated and abandoned, there were acute shortages of facilities in the schools, irregularity in the remuneration of teachers and lack of adequate office equipment to monitor schools’ activities,” she said.

The state chairman NUT, Comrade Olu Adewara commended Governor AbdulRazaq for his interest in promoting the welfare of teachers and the development of the education sector in the state.

“This is a good development. It is good news to us, coming at a very good time. I believe everyone hearing this will appreciate the Governor for being so good to us. We want to appreciate him in all respects, particularly on this promotion exercise so pronounced.

“The beauty of this is that these promotion exercises (2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020), going by the good understanding we have with the government, will come with cash backing.

“I can say that this administration from inception brought a permanent end to salaries being paid on percentages. On the account of salaries being paid in percentages, we have salaries arrears of about three months and 43%. We want to plead with His Excellency to further look at our direction and clear the outstanding salaries arrears of about three months and 43%.”

The items commissioned were: an 18 seater hummer bus for the Quality Assurance Department; (5) 2020 Model Hilux Van for project monitoring; 45 Bajaj boxers motorcycles for schools supervision; (40) Samsung galaxy tab A for e-quality assurance for the Quality Assurance Officers; 10 sets of computer system for project monitoring; 20 digital calipers for project unit; 1 projector for Quality Assurance Department; and instructional materials for schools and library books and shelves for basic schools to encourage reading culture

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