ON TUESDAY, teachers all over the globe celebrated World Teachers Day. It is a day set aside to honour teachers for their contributions towards human development.
The theme of World Teachers Day 2021 is “Teachers at the Heart of Education Recovery”. United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), presented this theme for teachers day in respect of their determined and diligent efforts in the crucial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Oyo State Gov. Seyi Makinde, commended teachers across the country on the occasion of 2021 World Teachers’ Day celebration, saying they remain the unsung heroes of global developmental strides.
Makinde expressed happiness that teachers are now recognised globally with the dedication of a day to celebrate them.
“Being the son of a teacher, I practically recognise what teachers go through and the level of appreciation accorded them by the society.
I am, therefore, pleased that the world has come to recognise these usually unsung heroes to the extent that they are being celebrated today,” he stated.
He reiterated that education remains the best weapon to fight poverty and informed that education occupies a pride of place in his administration’s four-point service agenda.
According to him, a key objective of his administration cannot be fulfilled without teachers, which is to provide free and qualitative education to the teeming populace, saying that 5,000 teachers and over 600 education officers have been recruited to upgrade the education standard.
We have also ensured the promotion of teachers, who had their promotions stalled for years, while also ensuring that the entitlements of the retired teachers and other workers are paid promptly,” the governor said.
Makinde further appreciated teachers for their dedication to the service of humanity and assured them that he will continue to prioritise their welfare.
Contributing, the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Adeniran, acknowledged the immense contributions of teachers to the overall growth and development of the education sector of the state, and the growth of the younger generation.
He reiterated the commitment of GovernorvSeyivMakinde led administration to the welfare of teachers, especially in the areas of training and re-training, prompt payment of salaries and conducive environment for teaching and learning in public schools
He said the ongoing UBEC/SUBEB intervention projects in the state are part of government’s commitment to developmental projects the government is putting in place to ensure teachers’ and students’ wellbeing.
“We commend our teachers, who have been performing well in the state. This is being measured by the performance of our students both in the internal and external examinations, national and international competitions.
“We urge them to put in more efforts, take their jobs very seriously and stay committed because they remain the mirror with which students view themselves”.
The chairman also commended Governor Seyi Makinde, who recently recruited 5,000 teachers into the Teaching Service Commission, while the primary sector also awaits his approval for recruitment of teachers.