Resign now, Ekiti govt tells teachers who refuses posting to rural areas

The Ekiti State Government on Monday February 22, 2021, said it would henceforth ask public primary school teachers who refuse postings to rural areas to tender their resignation.

The government, which lamented the lopsidedness of teachers in urban areas following the rejection of postings to rural areas, said that it would undertake a redistribution policy to correct the imbalance.

The Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Chairman, Prof. Femi Akinwumi, said this while flagging off a five-day training programme for primary schools’ Quality Assurance Officers held at the Ikogosi Warm Spring Resort Centre, Ikogosi in Ekiti West Local Council of the state.

Akinwumi said that the standard of education had improved considerably under Governor Kayode Fayemi since 2018, compared to what was obtainable during the immediate past government.

“We don’t have teachers in rural areas while they are in surplus in our cities, particularly Ado-Ekiti. This lopsidedness is a major problem and we have to embark on teachers’ redistribution. If we don’t use a radical approach, we won’t go far.

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“We have teachers that are sufficient in primary schools, but the question to ask is, have those teachers in the villages committed crime?

“The new policy now is either they honour the postings we are going to do or they tender their resignation. Some believe they can influence, but in this exercise, we are going to transfer those who thought they are untouchable.”

The SUBEB Chairman said productivity and efficiency were necessary ingredients for schools to perform, adding that quality assurance is required to enhance quality teaching for good performances by pupils in external examinations.

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