Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo has approved appointment letters, stipends and salaries for all categories of teachers recently recruited in the state.
Ozavize Salami, Executive Chairman, Edo State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, announced this on Friday in her address at the graduation ceremony of pedagogically trained teachers and head teachers in the state.
According to her, 232 junior secondary school principals, 744 junior secondary school teachers, 148 head teachers and 1,358 EdoSTAR fellows are graduated after the training, to teach in progressive schools and junior secondary schools in the state.
EdoSTAR stands for Edo Supporting Teachers to Achieve Result under the state’s EdoBest education reform programme.
Progressive schools are schools in riverine, rural and hard-to-reach communities.
Mrs Salami noted that the state had designed and implementing a robust school supervisory system that would facilitate on the spot teachers support and routine teachers professional development.
Teachers, she said must be held accountable for translating the investment of the state in education into learning outcome.
The SUBEB boss said that the era of teachers not being trained or upskilled for 15 years was definitely over in the state because children would have to perform better.
In his address, Mr Obaseki said the recruitment of the young, vibrant, professional and aspiring teaching personnel was a response to the teachers gap in classrooms.
The governor described teachers as the most valuable resource in delivery of public service basic education, hence the reason his government prioritised their recruitment, replacement and upskilling.
Mr Obaseki commended teachers in the state, saying their efforts had changed the culture in all classes in the state to meet international best practice.
This, he said was achieved through the use of technology as SUBEB now managed attendance, teaching content, and supporting pupils learning process.
He, however, charged the EdoSTAR fellows to work hard during their three years of fellowship, assuring the committed one of their absorption into the public service.