Edo has not recruited teachers in 10 years says Commissioner

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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.

“To those in and outside the state, they can see that Gov. Obaseki has done excellently well. He (Governor) said we must devise technology to use in collecting revenue so that we can plug all the loopholes. The entire 18 Local Government Areas of the state could only raise N33 million monthly but when technology was introduced, their IGR shot up to about N300 million in December 2019. If you compare N30 million and N300 million you should decide whether we should go back to the old ways or continue with what we already started. The populace will be the greatest beneficiary of good governance,’’ he said.