The Chairman, Ogun State Teaching Service Commission, Ms. Olubukunola Onabanjo, has warned principals of public secondary schools in the state against collection of illegal fee from pupils.
Any principal that hides under any guise to collect illegal fees from pupils, particularly those in SSS 3, she said, would be sanctioned.
This warning was contained in a statement issued by the commission after Onabanjo embarked on a monitoring tour of the on-going Senior Secondary Certificate Examination to Sango Ota High School, Sango.
She noted that all hands must be on deck to ensure that the affordable and qualitative education programme of the state government achieved the desired result.
Onabanjo said that aside the huge investments made on both human capital and infrastructural development, government had also paid the year 2013 West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination fees of all public school pupils in the state.
“I will be very sad if I hear that any pupil is being prevented from writing the on-going SSCE because of any levy whatsoever as our Governor has paid for the exam fees of all pupils in the state and any principal who does so will be sanctioned,” she stated.
Also, the Principal–General, Yewa Division, Alhaja Hafsat Ayinde, maintained that the commission could not afford to allow any principal or teacher to bring the name of the commission into disrepute, stressing that anyone caught violating government’s directives on its education policy would be brought to book.
Meanwhile, the TESCOM boss has also charged members of the Nigerian Union of Teachers in the state to work harder at moving secondary education forward in the state.
Onabanjo said this while playing host to the newly elected executives of the union at the commission’s office in Abeokuta on Thursday.
She noted that as teachers, the union’s role was to ensure that members teach effectively and instil moral etiquette in pupils, stressing that the future of the state and the nation at large rested solely on them.
“Your major role is to ensure that our students learn both educationally and morally and your primary duty is to provide qualitative teaching and be a good role model to these children.
Therefore, it is your responsibility that you move this state forward by properly grooming these students to become good future leaders,” she said.
The chairman noted that the state government was doing everything to ensure that teachers enjoy the dividends of democracy.
She stressed that government would not relent in its efforts to train and re-train teachers for improved performance.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Ayodele Koleade, had congratulated the new executive members and advised them not to see themselves as solidarity fighters but as partners in progress with the government to rebuild the state education sector.
Also, the NUT Chairman, Comrade Solomon Ilekoya said they were in TESCOM to show their support for the good work of the commission towards the development and welfare of teachers in the state.
Ilekoya said as teachers, they were ready to work with the state government in achieving their objectives of the present administration on education. He used the opportunity to request for better welfare packages for members of his union.