BY DAYO JOHNSON
AKURE—FOR some alleged discrepancies, the Ondo State Government has put on hold the redistribution of over 2000 Principals and Vice Principals as teachers in secondary schools under the implementation of its re-articulation policy.
Speaking with newsmen in Akure, Wednesday, the chairman of the State Teaching Service Commission, TESCOM, Mr. Fola Amure, said the decision was to enable government to review the process in view of some complaints.
He said: “We have identified some errors in the exercise and we are going to correct the identified anomalies.
“The re-articulation policy is still on course and will be implemented to the letter, what is put on hold now is the posting of principals and vice principals.”
Amure said the redeployment of the Principals and Vice Principals was sequel to the merging of the Junior Secondary Schools and Senior Secondary Schools under the re-articulation policy.
However, he noted that the “events in the recent past have put government in bad posture and bitterness against some teachers that were aggrieved in the handling of the posting. As a caring heart government, teachers and government have been friendly and will continue to be friendly.”
“The posting of all Principals and Vice Principals is now put on hold and will be reviewed as appropriate in due course. The re-articulation policy is on course and will be vigorously pursued in the best interest of teachers and stakeholders.”
According to him, the state had taken the lead on the implementation of re-articulation of public schools in compliance with the directive of the Federal Ministry of Education.
“The re-articulation policy is to restore the lost glory of education and for optional utilization of teachers as well as eliminate bickering between principals and with the same school environment.
“ In the process of deployment of teachers as principals and Vice principals, the commission screened and produced seniority of teachers to ensure fairness in the posting of the principals and vice principals”.
The chairman however said government had decided that all principals of former Senior Secondary Schools should take over as principals of both sections and would be assisted by the principals of Junior Secondary Schools.
“In the process of deployment of teachers as Principals and Vice Principals, the commission screened and produced the seniority list of teachers to ensure fairness in the postings. He added that all teachers already posted as Principals and Vice Principals should return to their former schools and await further directive.
Amure pointed out that” the re-engineering of the secondary school education for better performance in public examinations had been prioritized by government and would be vigorously pursued by the Commission.