Oyo government seeks cooperation from teachers to transform education sector

Oyo State Commissioner for Education, Mr. Rahman Abdulraheem has called on teachers in the state to rally behind the government’s resolve to bring back the lost glory of the education sector.

He also reaffirmed the determination of the current administration to transform the sector.

Abdulraheem was speaking at the 2022 edition of the World Teachers Day celebration held at Kakanfo Inn, Main Hall, Ibadan. He tasked the teachers to reciprocate the good gesture of the government with their unwavering support, cooperation and dedication to its education programs.

The commissioner noted that the turmoil plaguing the academic system can be curbed by resolutions to ensure proper monitoring of events in schools and taking appropriate action.

Abdulraheem thanked the NUT leadership in the state for their contribution to the achievements made so far saying, “We always look forward to more collaborations.

“Our effort to redirect the education sector requires increased synergy because we cannot afford to leave anyone behind.”

Oyo State NUT Chairman, Mr. Raji Ismail, said in his address that this year’s celebration is meant to complement the efforts of the state government whose leadership foresight has changed educational narratives in the state.

In view of this, he said that the management of NUT saw fit to sponsor a program titled “NUT Quiz Competition Among Public Secondary Schools in Oyo State”, while a total of eight teachers were selected through the efforts of experts from the State Universal Basic Education Board, Teaching Service Commission, and the Department of Education as the best teachers in the state.

He also added that the union’s program also covers elementary school through a sports activity, which will soon be launched across the state.

He called on the government to work on the following areas of concern for teachers in the state, namely the rapid recruitment of qualified teachers in the primary sub-sector of the school system, the rapid release of approved school grants, the implementation of policy on 40/65 years extension of service and years of teacher retirement age and reconstruction of NUT State Secretariat at Oluyole Estate, Ring Road Ibadan.

Former President of the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) and NUT, Hon. education is constantly changing; it had outgrown the classroom, therefore, teachers must transform their teachings to meet new trends.

“They must ensure that the curriculum, the educational learning materials, the school and the learning environments are meaningful within the natural political, economic and cultural context,” he said.

He reaffirmed that “education is a joint enterprise and all parties to the enterprise must be seen as investing so that the benefits are abundant and assured.

“Teachers, students, society and even the government must all be prepared to pay a price.”

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