Kwara SUBEB Teachers were all elated today as the Kwara State Government through the SUBEB chairman Prof Shehu Raheem Adaramaja announced the approval of the implementation of promotion arrears for tens of thousands of teachers and staff of the State Universal Basic Education Board (KWSUBEB).
According to a Press release by the Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor Mrs Modupe Joel, the announcement was made at the commissioning of operational vehicles, motorcycles, electronic gadgets, and instructional materials for basic schools.
During the commissioning, Adaramaja noted that Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahaman AbdulRazaq has given approval for the conduct of 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 promotion examination and oral interview.
In his words, “Outstanding salary arrears of staff is also not left out as the process is at its peak. We say a big thank you to His Excellency for considering the plight of our staff and finding a solution to the agitation of our staff.”
The Governor, who was represented by Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi, said the administration has unlocked the goldmine of opportunities to revitalise basic education in the state with the renewed relationship with the Universal Basic Education Commission – after seven years of official blacklist of Kwara.
“Except for the 12-seater bus which has been donated to us by Unity Bank Plc all these facilities are some of the gains of our renewed relationship with the Universal Basic Education Commission,” he said.
He further acknowledged the judicious management of scarce resources by the leadership of KWSUBEB, leading to procurement of 1,500 cartoons of white chalks from Kwara State College of Education ( Technical), Lafiagi.
“The interesting thing is that these facilities are what Kwara should have been enjoying if the last administration had played its own roles. It is a confirmation of our position that the last administration opted to kill basic education in the state. Our efforts have been to restore quality, dignity, and citizens’ confidence to public basic education in the state,” the Governor said.
“These tools will not only improve the standard of basic education in the state, they will also provide an enabling environment for adequate monitoring and supervision of teaching and learning activities across our schools. These new infrastructures will complement the ongoing renovation and remodelling of classrooms across over 600 schools in the state.
“When you add that to the recent recruitment of 4,701 teachers through a process that was the best of its kind in the recent history of Kwara State, you will see that our vision is comprehensive and clear. On August 5, we will bring stakeholders together to a summit to evolve a holistic strategy for the future of our education sector.”
AbdulRazaq applauded Unity Bank PLC for the donation of 12-seater Hyundai bus and the UBEC management for their support to the State Government and Kwara SUBEB in providing the materials/equipments needed in the schools.
While commending the Governor, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry ofEducation Mrs Adeoshun Mary Kemi noted in her words that “You cannot appreciate the magnitude of the contributions of this administration without being reminded of the pathetic situation of the education sector before the advent of the Otoge mantra. The previous administrations left educational system to a near collapse. The infrastructures were dilapidated and abandoned, there were acute shortages of facilities in the schools, irregularity in the remuneration of teachers and lack of adequate office equipment to monitor schools’ activities,”.
The state chairman NUT in Kwara State Comrade Olu Adewara also commended Governor AbdulRazaq for his interest in promoting the welfare of teachers and development of education sector in the state.
He further added that the administration of AbdulRahaman from inception brought permanent end to salaries being paid on percentages.
Olu Adewara however pleaded with the Governor to further look into the issues of outstanding salary arrears and clear the arrears of about three months and 43%.