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Friday, October 16, 2020

ASUSS Hails TESCOM Over Induction Of 50 Principals, 64 Others

... Urges Governor Abiodun To Recruit  1,655  Additional Teachers To Lessen Quatum Of Work Load 

From Heritage Odih, Abeokuta

The Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS), Ogun State Chapter, on Friday lauded the state's Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) for the induction of 50 Principals and 64 Vice Principals into the teaching service.

ASUSS identified the step as part of the continuous efforts of the management of the Commission to strengthen the school administrative system through induction of the Principals and Vice Principals.

Ogun ASUSS Chairman, Comrade Akeem Lasisi, who made this known in a release, sighted by The Daily Crucible, also commended the Commission for its resolve to depart from the old practice of appointment through the 'windows' to the present practice via the 'seniority list' by taking into consideration the Grade Level of Officers, Effective Date of Last Promotion, Date of First Appointment and Date of Certification. 

According to Lasisi, the method has since restored hope, confidence and industrial harmony in the state.

He also congratulated the inductees on having successfully sailed through the screening process and their subsequent elevation, urging them to see the career elevation as a call to serve and move the teaching profession forward as well as make it unique among the comity of professions despite daunting odds. 

The ASUSS chairman urged the Principals to carry the Vice Principals along on the trends of administration in schools while the School Administrators should always be role models to Vice Principals and classroom teachers.

He also counselled the Vice Principals to support the Principals in the smooth running of administration in the schools by complementing their efforts, taking  cognizance of the fact that they are the bridge between the Principals and Staff.

Lasisi, however, appealed to Governor Dapo Abiodun to commence in earnest, the recruitment of 1,655 additional teaching personnel announced by the government earlier to fill the existing vacancies in the state's public schools as a result of retirement, withdrawal from teaching service, transfer of service to other agencies and elevation to position of higher authority and the disengagement
N-power teachers.

He noted that the recruitmrnt if carried out will reduce the quantum of work load on teachers who are doing the job of two or three teachers in  various schools across the state. 

He said: "We appreciate His Excellency, Governor Dapo Abiodun, on the appointment of four of our senior principals and headmasters as Principals-General and Headmasters-General across the four geo-political zone in the state. His Excellency told us never to suffer heartache because the office of the Principals-General and Headmasters-General would bounce back to life. And true to his words, it became a reality on Wednesday, 30th September, 2020.

"A Governor gave birth to Principals-General and Headmasters-General, another Governor made the offices non-existence while another Governor brought the offices back to life. What an irony of life?

"The current administration may not notice the sense of fulfillment teachers felt over the re-creation of the office. We as teachers do not forget good deeds as well as bad ones.

"Let me also use this forum to congratulate the three award winning teachers in the state - Messrs Ayodele Odeogbola, the best Junior Secondary School teacher from Abeokuta Grammar School; Kayode Adewale, the best Senior Secondary School teacher from Oodua Comprehensive High School, Imoru and Mrs Mary Adeyemi, the best Primary School teacher from St. Paul's School 11, Sagamu who were awarded various prizes in commemoration of this year 2020 World Teachers' Day celebration.

"We thank the Government for rewarding the teachers who have distinguished themselves in the course of discharging their duties. Ogun State teachers will soon become the envy of our colleagues from other states of the federation."

He equally advised the Governor to plant seeds that will germinate, grow and produce fruits to feed upon in 2023 by making real in no distance time his promises to workers in the MoU signed with the Organised Labour recently by commencing the payment of the negotiated minimum wage at the end of this October  month.


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