Ogun Assembly to enforce certification of teachers in private schools
The Ogun State House of Assembly yesterday affirmed its readiness to partner with the relevant government agencies to ensure the enforcement of certification of teachers in private schools in the State in a bid to promote quality teaching and enhancing educational standards.
The Chairman of the House Committee on Education, Science and Technology, Hon Oludotun Fasanya gave the assurance while leading other members of the committee on a budget performance monitoring visit to the State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Oke- Mosan, Abeokuta.
Fasanya who lamented the academic quality of some teachers being recruited by some private schools, describing it as worrisome and far cry from standard, he explained that some of these teachers were even being paid peanut due to the fact that they had no requisite teaching qualification, which contributed to the fall in the standard of education at primary and secondary school levels.
According to him, the situation in some of the private schools according was detrimental to the policy of free and qualitative education programme of the Senator Ibikunle Amosun – led administration.
He emphasised the need for the private school proprietors in the State to emulate government in employing professional teachers with appropriate remuneration rather than engaging quacks in the industry, he reminded them that minimum teaching qualification in the country is National Certificate in Education (NCE).
Responding, the State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Modupe Mujota assured that the Ministry was committed to the promotion of quality standard in public schools and replicating the same for private Schools.
Mujota promised that the Ministry would ensure effective supervision, monitoring and enforcement so as to report infractions and sanctions where necessary.
“Standard of education is not all about ambience environment. It has to do with quality teachers, availability of teaching aids. We will ensure that private schools operate within the acceptable standard”, she noted.
Mujota emphasised that machineries were being set in motion to consolidate on the success of Free and Qualitative Education Programme of government in the State, disclosing that firms and industries operating in the State would also contribute to educational development through their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
She said some of the model schools would soon commence operation, while more structures would be rehabilitated to cater for the growing student population in public schools across the State.
During a similar visit to the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Abeokuta, the Rector, Prof. Oludele Itiola told the committee members that the institution has generated over N2, 259 billion within eight months as Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) as against its target of N2.478 billion which represents over 91percent.