Edo has not recruited teachers in 10 years says Commissioner
The Edo State Commissioner for Education, Mr. Jimoh Ijegbai has said the state had not recruited teachers for its public schools in the last 10 years.
Speaking with newsmen in Benin, Ijegbai said though the anomaly didn’t start with the administration of Governor Godwin Obaseki, the government has however initiated and implemented the best education policy in the state.
The commissioner said that the Obaseki-led administration was doing everything possible to change the narrative with the EdoBest initiative which was dedicated to laying a solid foundation for children up to primary school level, while vocational and technical schools would provide employment opportunities for young school leavers.
The commissioner also said that no fewer than 250 public schools had either been constructed or reconstructed across the state in the last one year stressing that the government was making efforts in two other crucial areas in the state, being agriculture and boosting the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
“In this state, for over 10 years, teachers were not recruited into our schools. It did not start with this administration (Gov. Godwin Obaseki’s); we have taken the statistics of the gap and I know we will fill the gap in 2020. Our reform will not be complete without having teachers in critical areas. We are aware that there is dearth of teachers but we are going to recruit teachers,’’ he said.