By Adekola Afolabi
The Ondo State House of Assembly said it would review the Edict which the state Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) is using to ensure more effective service delivery.
This was made known by the Chairman, Ondo State House of Assembly Committee on Education, Hon. Olusegun Ajimotokin during the committee’s familiarisation visit to TESCOM in Akure, the state capital.
Ajimotokin, who is also the Deputy Majority Leader of the Assembly explained that the 1998/1999 edict with which TESCOM is still operating would be reviewed to make it a law of the state that would meet the current reality in the system.
While saying that the committee was not happy with the present state of education in the state, Ajimotokin said the committee was ready to partner and rub minds with the commission to identify where things were going wrong with a view to addressing them.
According to the committee Chairman, the Acting PS and other management team of the commission have enormous tasks to perform to ensure a better service delivery in the teaching profession, noting that the teachers must be properly monitored to ensure they teach well the future of tomorrow.
“We will put our intellectual resources together to make a headway in this sector.
“The first thing we must address is the issue of Edict. We are going to review and make it law, not a decree any longer. So, as a committee we will see to that. The commission’s scope of operation has gone beyond edict.
“We will review it and bring out a law that has to do with what we are doing”, he stressed.
He observed that the visit would set a pace for further purposeful discussion that would bring about the desired development to the commission, adding that the committee would focus on identification of challenges facing the commission and provision of solutions to them.
He also assured that the committee would look into all the issues raised by the Acting PS to move the commission to the next level, just as he emphasised the need to ensure quality among schools across the state without any discrepancy or superiority in the system.
The Acting Permanent Secretary of the commission, Dr. Aarinola Akinsete while welcoming the committee on behalf of other management team disclosed that TESCOM has been doing its best to meet its objectives.
She, however, listed some of the challenges facing the commission to include paucity of funds for monitoring of teachers for effective service delivery, dilapidated structures in schools including the commission office, security issues in schools, inadequate Tutors-General and staff, lack of furniture and offices among others.
According to her, the commission just concluded redistribution of teachers to address issue of inadequate teachers in some of the public secondary schools in the state, adding that as at August this year alone 385 staff have retired from the commission.
She further said that as at September, the workforce of the commission stood at 12,081 out of which 9, 333 are teachers and the remaining 2, 748 are non-teaching staff, while the wage bill is over N1.2bn
“We have 299 public secondary schools in the state, apart from five Unity Schools making it 104 public secondary schools”, the Acting PS added.
She solicited the support and assistance of the committee to address the challenges confronting the commission.