The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State has requested that Governor Dapo Abiodun expedite the resumption of newly hired temporary teachers in the state’s public primary and secondary institutions.
This, according to the PDP, would preserve Ogun’s education system from impending collapse.
In a statement released on Tuesday, PDP State Chairman Sikirulahi Ogundele raised concern about the ongoing delay in the resumption of the newly recruited 5,000 instructors under the Ogun Teaching Experience Acquisition Scheme, often known as OgunTEACh.
The Abiodun government announced the hiring of 5,000 temporary teachers in March 2021, according to Metro Times.
The hired teachers would work as interns for the state government for two years, receiving stipends.
The administration had cancelled the initial recruitment of 1,500 permanent teachers as a result of the casual teacher recruitment, citing a lack of cash as the reason.
The casual instructors, on the other hand, have yet to be assigned to schools since the recruitment process was completed.
The failure of the state administration to enable new teachers to resume work in public primary and secondary schools in the state three weeks after the start of the 2021/2022 academic sessions, under the cover of redistribution of teachers in the state, was termed by the party as concerning.
“The PDP is deeply concerned that the Prince Dapo Abiodun administration, which claimed to have hired 5,000 new teachers to fill vacancies in public primary and secondary schools, is still delaying their return more than three months after the final recruitment process ended on June 10, 2021,” Ogundele said.
The PDP chairman tasked Abiodun with ensuring that the aforementioned teachers are deployed to minimize teacher workload in government schools across Ogun.
“As a result, the PDP is requesting that the governor take immediate action by ensuring that instructors are fully engaged in classrooms to minimize the stress of existing teachers in the system who are overworked as a result of the increased workload,” it was stated.