By Gbenga Ariyibi
Ado Ekitiâ€” In a bid to instill discipline among the school teachers in the state, Ekiti State government has given a sweeping power to theÂ principals to sack, employ or transfer any erring teacher.
Speaking during a meetingÂ with the principals under the aegis of All Nigerians Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS),Â Governor Segun Oni stated that the state government would no longer accept poor results from public schools in the state.
He added that promotion of teachers in the state would henceforth be based on performance of their students.
His words: â€œTeaching is not a job but a professional calling. Therefore, any teacher that is not ready to midwife our children to better life should quit now.â€,
While noting that his administration has made huge investment in the education sector in the last two and half years, Governor Oni said; â€œwe are changing the school system to a result-oriented one. This is why we have pumped in so much money into education in the last two and half years.
â€œIn 2007 alone, we distributed 37,770 copies of English and Mathematics textbooks free in 175 senior secondary schools while a total of 5,350 free textbooks were provided in other subjects.
In 2008, we provided 207,353 free textbooks.