From Lateef Dada, Osogbo

Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, has said that the ongoing screening for the recruitment of teachers into government schools would be completed soon.

He reiterated his commitment towards rejigging the education system for better performance, assuring that the sector will witness more progress during his tenure.

Adeleke stated this in Osogbo during the distribution of exercise to secondary school students in the state, on Wednesday.

He said the Need Assessment survey of schools revealed the urgent need to distribute exercise books, saying that education has been and will remain one of the priorities of his administration.

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“Notable amongst our steps are: Recruitment of teachers into public primary and secondary schools in the state. Screening process is still on-going and would be completed soon;
Implementing to letters the controversial Federal Circular on “New Retirement Age for Teachers,” which has been on course, and the few that applied for post-service re-engagement shall be interviewed soon, just as the circular dictates.

“Vacancies created by the retirement of school heads across the state have been filled with capable hands, leaving no vacuum in school management; Fortifying the school security system by engaging Peace Corps of Nigeria, Osun State Command as school policing and neighbourhood watch to schools. That was in addition to the existing cadets of Edumarshal. These were targeted at ensuring that students and pupils operate in peaceful atmosphere that learning demands.

“Revamping the Federal Home Grown School Feeding Programme (‘O’Meals) in the State to ensure continuity of the programme in spite of all odds occasioned by high cost of food items.

The Commissioner for Education, Hon. Dipo Eluwole, commended Governor Adeleke for the commitment to the development of education system in the state.

He said, “Osun state is the only state in Nigeria that continues feeding pupils now without federal government intervention. This is evident in the visit of the Senior Special Assistant to Mr. President on Home Grown School Feeding, Osun is also one of the pilot states for the establishment of Alternative School for Girls,” Eluwole said.

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