The recipients are Mr. Ayeni Emmanuel of Ipoti Junior High school, Ipoti-Ekiti, and Mrs. Rachael Olusola of St. John’s Anglican Primary School, Erinmope. Emmanuel (43), who was the best secondary school teacher, received a Toyota Yaris, while Mrs. Olusola (53), the best primary school teacher, got a Kia Picanto.
Fifty other teachers got prizes for their outstanding performances. Governor Kayode Fayemi, represented by his deputy, Mrs. Funmilayo Olayinka, said the entitlements of teachers would be paid soon. Fayemi urged teachers to continue to support his government’s efforts at ensuring gender equality in schools. He said: “Gone are the days when women were restricted to certain careers and professions, groomed only for marriage and their roles limited to the kitchen.
“I urge you to give all pupils equal attention in advising and monitoring. Revise the curricular, if necessary, to include women.”
Also yesterday, Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko urged teachers to shun strike and always press home their demands through dialogue. He said negotiation should be the best option for conflict resolution.
Mimiko spoke during the World Teachers’ Day celebration in Akure, the state capital.
He restated his administration’s commitment to the provision of quality education, saying a lot had been invested in the sector. Mimiko said: “We have already put in place teachers’ empowerment; wage review; conducive teaching and learning environment; promotion of private school participation; equipment for school libraries, laboratories and workshops; as well as overseas training of head teacher for better school management.”
The governor, who was represented by Commissioner for Education Remi Olatubora, reiterated the importance of gender equality in schools. He said the government would continue to improve the quality of teaching and learning with adequate incentives.
Mimiko said his administration has been paying grants to schools, abolished tuition fees in primary and secondary schools, trained and re-trained teachers and provided infrastructure in schools.