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Edo State Government Engages 3000 Primary School Teachers

By John Efosa

Edo State Government has engaged 3000 Primary School Teachers across the State.

The State Commissioner for Education, Dr. Joan Osa-Oviawe, who disclosed this to Newsmen in Benin, said the Government would engage another 1000 Teachers into its Secondary Schools.

She explained that the decision is to “enhance the gains from the EdoBest (Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation) programme which has also been introduced into its post primary school cadre, identified as EdoBEST 2.0.”

According to her, the “Edo Best 2.0 Approach was designed to improve on quality of academics in the post primary cadre, create frameworks to coordinate co-curricular activities and also improve on school administration.

“We have reexamined academic activities to rework the following and to ensure that 60 percent of the activities are for teaching, learning, and instructional time; 24 percent are for co – curricular activities; and 16 percent are for brain stimulating activities for students,” she added.

She noted that the State Government was aware of the falling education standard in the state as a result of examination malpractice and was working hard to provide both manpower and infrastructure needed in the state school system.

“The quality of education that students receive in school has come under scrutiny recently in Edo State due to the high rate of malpractice and misconduct reported during major examination exercise in the state, as well as a lack of personnel  (teachers)  to effectively deliver training across 307 schools across the 18 Local Government Areas of the State.

“Since 2008, the state has not employed any teacher across the state, but we are happy to say that we have engaged 3000 teachers for the primary and are working to engage 1000 teachers for the post primary.

“In order to build on the achievements already seen in the Basic Education Sector Transformation (Edo BEST) Programme, the State Government through the Ministry of Education has been compelled to take decisive action under the EdoBEST 2.0 reform agenda in order to address concerns with secondary education.

“The EdoBEST 2.0 Secondary School reform is intended to have an impact on students ‘ learning, school administration in three key areas,” she noted.


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