By : Babatunde Tiamiyu
The Oyo State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Salihu Adelabu has charged Primary School teachers in the State to be innovative and creative in their teachings.
The commissioner gave the charge at a cluster meeting of Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Management team with Head Teachers of 21 BESDA Public Primary Schools across the state, held at Lagelu Grammar School, Ibadan.
He explained that teachers need to come up with innovations that would improve learning outcomes in public Schools, adding that the world is moving from paper to paperless in the education sector.
The commissioner maintained that the government would continue to invest in teachers’ and build their capacity through training and retraining.
He hinted that the state governor has promised to recruit more primary school teachers by the first quarter of next year.
He thanked the teachers in the state for supporting Governor Seyi Makinde’s second term ambition, urging them to sustain the momentum through dedication to duties.
He noted that all the challenges being faced by them have been gradually attended to by the government.
The commissioner said further that the government will not rest on its oars in taking the education sector of the state to greater heights.
He said: “I want to appreciate all the support you gave to the governor during the electioneering period.
“I can assure you that your vote will not be in vain. because of the existing symbiotic relationship between the teachers and the governor of the state. We will make sure all your requests are tabled before him and push them for approval.
“Education is everybody’s business and without it, nobody can achieve anything. I was full of joy immediately I entered this hall because 75 percent of the teachers are females and we all know that females are mothers. So, our children are in safe hands.
“I appreciate you because you seek knowledge and always make an impact with the knowledge.”
“We need to move with the world because everything is going paperless. All the learning contents are going paperless too. So, we need to start moving along with the global best practices.
“Since the advent of COVID-19 nobody is willing to interact so much again and nobody is doing too much pencil and paper work and you will bear with me witness that is what informed the establishment of the SMART School in Songunro.
“I will support an idea where there will be gradual reduction in the use of textbooks and encourage more the use of electronics since there is an alternative to that and this is part of what we are working on with our development partners in Abuja because we must definitely bring Creativity and innovations into the concept of teaching and learning in Oyo State.”
Earlier, the Executive Secretary, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Mr. Jacob Dairo, admonished teachers to redouble their efforts and take academic activities in basic schools seriously.
He equally appealed to parents to join hands with teachers in training their children academically.