Principals of secondary schools in Kwara State said on Wednesday that Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s achievements in transforming the learning environment and improving teachers’ welfare are unprecedented in recent history. of State.
The teachers also welcomed the introduction of KwaraLEARN, which they say is really having an impact, adding that the administration’s interventions have also been spread across all parts of the state in a way never seen before.
Headteachers praised Ilorin, the state capital, during an open engagement the governor hosted to take the pulse of the government’s emphasis on basic education and their well-being at all levels.
At least 300 head teachers attended the meeting, along with some key education sector stakeholders in Kwara State.
The teachers, who acknowledged the improvements in their salaries and teaching environment, also called on the governor to consider restoring the boarding schools, which died out a few years ago, to end the salary disparities between teachers foundation grades and their upper secondary counterparts, which he inherited, commit more funds to school labs and do more to make up for the salary arrears he encountered in 2019.
Ilorin High School Principal, Hajia Abdullahi Muslimat Iyabo, said the school was one of the schools that benefited from comprehensive school renovations under Governor AbdulRazaq’s administration.
“Our school has benefited from not just a few renovations, but a total renovation of the school. On behalf of the management of Ilorin Grammar School, we would like to thank you. I would also like to express our gratitude to you for the meaning humility and commitment to the well-being of teachers and students. I also sincerely appreciate your efforts to ensure the promotion of teachers, and we want you to continue in this way,” he said. she stated.
Irepodun Local Government Ipetu-Igbomina Community Secondary School Principal Mr. Babatunde Josuah Adegboyega said that the administration has given a dignified facelift to the schools while doing its best to promote welfare. be.
“I would like to appreciate your good gesture for the promotion put in place, the social packages on salaries, as well as the change in the face of the schools through the renovation. God will continue to be your guide,” Adegboyega said.
The Principal of Queen Elizabeth Senior Secondary School in Ilorin, Sidikat Taye Lawal, praised AbdulRazaq for his prompt interventions on issues affecting the school.
“On behalf of the former students of Queen Elizabeth School, including myself, thank you for transforming Queen Elizabeth School into a modern secondary school through the road network. We want to thank you again for your attention and love for exchange students as I remember last year I was in Minna, Niger State for the Directors Conference of exchange schools and Kwara State was rated the best in the program.
“We were able to interact with principals from other states and learned how some had to borrow money to feed their students. But in the case of Kwara, we get money to feed these students as you go and you transport them at the right time, without leaving them to their parents to send the transport costs. Thank you very much sir,” Lawal said.
Ms. Jimoh CS of Awonga Junior Secondary School, Shao in Moro Local Government said the condition of the school was in a deplorable state before 2019.
“I would like to thank Your Excellency, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for the changes you have brought to the education sector. In my old school, Government Junior Secondary School, Bode Saadu, the school used to be in poor condition, I don’t even know how to describe the school, all the structures there were destroyed.
“I used to go to SUBEB almost every day to beg for the renovation of the school but nothing was done. There was a time when the man told me that the school was one of the schools to be renovated but nothing happened. But when our Excellency arrived, new construction and renovations were done at the school,” Jimoh said.
Umar Abubakar, Principal of Kanko Upper Secondary School, Shonga District in Edu Local Government, said the trajectory of basic education has changed for good since the governor’s arrival.
Balla Sa’ad, another principal of Islamiyah College Patigi, described AbdulRazaq as a workaholic governor who has committed so many resources to improving basic education.
“He is a popular governor and a friendly governor. In fact, in my local government, the slogan is now wherever you go, the good works of AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq are there,” he said.
Principals advocated recruiting more science and language teachers, as well as non-teaching staff, providing more textbooks in core subjects, in-service teacher training and improving the network school safety.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Ms. Mary Adeosun, said the Governor has been exemplary in his commitment to education which she says reflects his passion for the future of the State.
SUBEB Chairman, Prof. Shehu Raheem Adaramaja called the interactive session historic in the state.
Adaramaja blamed the longstanding pay disparity between SUBEB and TESCOM teachers on four factors, two of which have now been resolved.
He listed the over-deduction factors for NUT and National Housing Scheme (NHS) contributions – both of which have been resolved and reflected in teachers’ salaries – the halting of upgrades for SUBEB teachers since 2016 and the non-payment of allowances due to teachers with TRCN, adding that these challenges will also be resolved, but called for teachers’ patience and understanding.
Adaramaja also said that the pending promotion backlog would soon be implemented, recalling that the administration had also fixed some of the promotion backlog it had inherited without any political coloring.
The SUBEB boss said training and retraining teachers has been paramount to the administration, especially with the renewed cordial relationship between UBEC and SUBEB.
AbdulRazaq, for his part, acknowledged all the issues raised by the teachers and said that the administration remained committed to totally restructuring the education sector so that Kwara can regain its place in the north and Nigeria as a whole.
According to him, “We have introduced the KwaraLEARN program and I thank you all for embracing the program. This is one of the ways to bring Kwara back to the top of Northern Nigeria and the rest of the country. The investment that the government and you are doing today may not be seen immediately but it is something that will speak for all of us later in the future What you are doing is producing responsible citizens for Nigeria and the world, and we appreciate that.
“I have listened carefully to all issues of promotions, holiday bonuses, uniforms in schools, employment of non-academic staff, textbooks, harmonization between TESCOM and SUBEB salaries, continuing education , seminars, safety in schools, unit schools and exchange students within the State, equipment of laboratories in our schools, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities in schools, salary arrears, girls’ education, encroachment on school property and building stores in schools before These were some of the issues raised today and we will dissect them and take them one by one.