by Oge Okonkwo
The Edo State Government has invited 1,300 primary school teachers with irregularities in their education certificates and age records to come before a verification committee to defend themselves.
This information was made known by the state governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, saying the exercise was not to witch-hunt anybody, during a meeting held with the leaders of the state ‘s Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Emmanuel Ademokun, and the state’s Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Comrade Patrick Ikosimi.
However, he said it would not be business as usual emphasizing that those who have become too old to teach would have to give way for the younger teachers.
Oshiomhole said “it is not my wish to preside over dismissals. First it is not cheap. Secondly, I have a responsibility to keep Edo going and ensure that our children are in good hands of teachers who are senile and also still strong and competent to teach.
“If the facts reveal that there are teachers in the classroom who do not have the requisite qualification, you cannot insist that they remain in the system. The good news is that those who are not too old, who are capable of training, if we find that they are deficient and it is possible for them to benefit from training, we will give them training, what is not acceptable is to say it is business as usual”, he noted.
The governor argued “we can mismanage everything in our country, if you mismanage education, you are killing our tomorrow, our collective future. The roads we are building, we won’t have the brains to look over them. In the absence of brains, we won’t have growth and development.