…Says unpaid salaries of Primary School teachers LGA’s to end soon
The Bayelsa State Government has felicitated with teachers in the State, as they join their counterparts around the globe to celebrate the 2017 World Teachers Day.
The State Commissioner of Education, Hon. Jonathan Obuebite made this known at this year International Teachers Day celebration that held at the Teachers’ House Yenagoa.
Obuebite commended teachers for the invaluable role they have continued to play in the molding of the child and the overall development of the society as a whole.
The new education commissioner used the occasion to formally introduce himself to the teachers and members of the Union and called for their supports.
Obuebite who described himself as a student willing and ready to learn said he is to tap from their wisdom and at the same time ready to collaborate with them at ensuring the success of the ongoing reforms in the sector.
Speaking on the theme of this year’s celebration, “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers”, Obuebite says that teachers, have critical roles to play in the ongoing reforms and that is why Governor Seriake Dickson’s led Restoration Administration always gives welfare of the teachers in the state topmost priority.
In the same vein, he reminded teachers of the important role they are expected to play in ensuring the overall success of the education policies and programs of the restoration administration in Bayelsa State, stating that without active involvement of the teachers, the government’s huge investment in the education sector would amount to nothing.
He noted that, the government is aware of the plight of teachers especially at the primary school level, stressing that, concerted efforts are already being made to solve the lingering problem of unpaid salaries for the primary school teachers. He says that at this point, there is need for active participation of the members of the Nigeria Union of Teachers and other affiliated unions in the ongoing reforms in the education sector.
According to him, the Hon. Henry Seriake led restoration government is not relenting in its genuine efforts at tackling the problem of primary school teachers, because of the critical role they are expected to play, if the government must realize its good intentions in that sector.
While commending them for their overall show of maturity and understanding, he assured them of his preparedness to work closely with the leadership of the Nigerian Union of Teachers and other related bodies in the State, with a view to ensuring the smooth implementation of the educational policies and programmes of the government.
Obuebite recalled when the Restoration government came on board five and half years ago, he declared state of emergency in the Education sector and since then it has recorded tremendous success in the sector and cannot afford to see a slide, noting that it requires the cooperation, understanding and sacrifice of all the stakeholders to ensure that, the current standards are maintained and possibly surpassed in the nearest future.
He emphasized that, with the level of commitment and focus of the government, it has become obvious that, Bayelsa has the potentials to even do far much better in the sector.
Citing the establishment of the compulsory boarding schools across the state is receiving applause from notable personalities within and outside the Country.
According to him, the huge investment in the sector has begun to yield as the state scale up the ladder of progress in WAEC and NECO.
“These achievements wouldn’t have been made possible without teachers, their role in building a virile society cut across all the sectors of economy cannot be overemphasized.
“Education is the most important tool for development and teachers are the source of that development” he said.
In line with this vision, the present administration has resolved to recruit and deploy more teachers to our primary and secondary schools in the state in order to maintain the standard.
However, before the redeployment, the commissioner disclosed that the affected civil servants would undergo training and refresher courses at the Teachers Training Institute. This has led to the establishment of the Teachers’ Training Institute in Bolou Orua, Sagbama local government area of the state.
The education commissioner appealed to the primary school teachers to return to their classes as the state government is doing all it can to resolve the unrest at the primary level.
Hon. Obuebite assured them that, he intends to operate an open door policy, where every stakeholder in the sector will be allowed to contribute ideas that would enable the government to consolidate on the massive investments already made in the sector and even make greater progress.