BENINâ€”TEACHERS in Edo state are to be paid based on the Teachers Salary Structure (TSS) with effect from January 2010.
â€œI have approved the TSS. It will be fully implemented in Edo state with effect from January 2010,” said Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
The Governor also disclosed that Teachers posted to the rural areas in Edo stateÂ are to earnÂ more allowancesÂ in accordance withÂ the Teachers Salary Structure forÂ which the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) went on strikeÂ for overÂ two months last year.
Governor Adams Oshiomhole made this known at a press briefing to mark his first anniversary as Governor of Edo state.
He explained thatÂ teachers posted to the rural areas will be paid their due allowances for such posting.
The Governor whoÂ disclosed thatÂ â€œup toÂ 60% of our personnel costs go to teachers salariesâ€ said it is the policy of his government to ensure qualitative education in the rural areas, hence the posting of qualified teachers to those areas.
Governor Oshiomhole said his government would put up a supervisory mechanism to ensure that teachers posted to the rural areas report punctually for duty.
He said his government has employed 1, 150Â new teachers within his first year in office.
The Governor said his government would not longer tolerate a situation where one secondary school has two principals and six vice principals who do not engage in teaching .
Governor Oshiomhole said â€œ Under no circumstance should any school have more than one principalâ€.
He said on assumption of offce he found that 98% of the schools in the rural areas do not have more than â€˜â€œ two or three teachersâ€nd there is no way pupils in such schools can benefit from qualitative education.
He said the over concentration of teachers in Local Government headquarters and Benin city was so much thatÂ â€œ for example,Â in Oredo , we had a situation where the entire earnings of theÂ local government could not pay teachers salary aloneâ€.
Governor Oshiomhole who said he appreciated the inconvenience that the teachers may have as a result of the rural posting policy ofÂ his administration however promised that the posting would only be for three years after which teachers who have been in the cities would also be posted to the rural areas.