Ogun to Check Concentration of Teachers in Urban Areas0
As part of measures to address the lopsided posting of secondary school teachers whereby more teachers are concentrated in the urban to the detriment of the rural areas, the Ogun State Government has commenced a data screening exercise in schools across the four divisions of the state.
Shedding light on the four-day exercise holding at the Abeokuta Grammar School, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, the Chairman, Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), Ms. Olubukunola Onabanjo said it would bring about even distribution of the teachers and enhance qualitative teaching and learning throughout the state.
“The major objective of this exercise is to tackle the challenges of lopsidedness of teachers and solve the problem of shortage of teachers in the rural areas headlong”, Onabanjo stated.
She advised principals to give accurate data on the number of teachers and students available in their respective schools, emphasising that this would help in posting them in accordance with the recommended teacher-student ratio.
Onabanjo assured that the commission would spare no effort to ensure welfare of both teachers and students, pointing out that their needs would always be given priority attention.
Also speaking, the Principal-General, Remo Division, Mr. Michael Oredein noted that the exercise could not have come at a better time, particularly now that the resumption date for a new session was drawing nearer.
Oredein also shared the optimism expressed by the Onabanjo on the importance of the exercise, urging the principals not to withhold data needed for an effective screening programme.
Speaking in the same vein, Chairman of the All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) in Egba Division, Mr, Kinkunmi Adenekan said the exercise would help ease the pressure on some teachers who have been over burdened due to the non-availability of subject teachers in some of the schools.