By Adekola Afolabi
Last week, the Ondo State House of Assembly said it would review the Edict of the state Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) to ensure more effective service delivery.
The Chairman, Ondo State House of Assembly Committee on Education, Hon. Olusegun Ajimotokin disclosed this during the committee’s familiarisation visit to TESCOM in Akure, the Ondo state capital.
Ajimotokin who is also the Deputy Majority Leader of the Assembly explained that edict of the commission would be reviewed to make it 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.
“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 emphasised.
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.
She solicited the support and assistance of the committee to address the challenges confronting the commission.
Also in the course of the week, the same committee promised to partner the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to give solid and quality elementary education to school pupils in the state.
The Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Olusegun Ajimotokin made the promise while leading other members of the committee on familiarisation visit to the Board.
Ajimotokin who congratulated the new Chairman of SUBEB, Princess Oladunni Odu over what he described as a well deserved appointment, also expressed confidence in her ability to deliver and move education forward, especially at the elementary level going by her past record of outstanding achievements.
Other members of the committee on the familiarisation visit are the House Minority Leader, Hon. Sola Ebiwonjumi, Hon. Vincent Obadiah, Hon. Jamiu Maito and Hon. Bimbo Fajolu .
The committee Chairman expressed the readiness of the hallowed chamber to partner and support the Board to ensure solid and quality elementary education in all pry schools across the state.
Earlier, the SUBEB boss, Princess Oladunni Odu, appreciated the committee members for their visit, noting that the Board is ready to cooperate with and partner the lawmakers to collectively move the Board to the next level of greatness. She promised to add value to the system.
Odu explained that the state Governor Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, is irrevocably committed to overall development of the Board, as part of the agenda of the government to provide solid basic education for school children across the 18 local government areas through building of neighbourhood schools to ensure the pupils have access to quality education.