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Edo appoints team to assess teachers

03 March 2014, 22:05

Edo -  Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has inaugurated a team of six Professors of Education to conduct the teachers’ assessment project in the region.

Dennis Agbonlahor chairs the team.

The government said the teachers’ assessment became necessary because primary education is the foundation for upward mobility in life.

“In Edo State, we have chosen to deal with it squarely. We have made huge investment by building physical infrastructures, pay salaries as at when due, provided free but compulsory basic education. All that will amount to nothing if the human resource capital is not developed, hence the need to carry out this new assignment to differentiate the knowledgeable teachers from the quacks and we are going to take the necessary steps to enhance the good ones through training and retraining to reposition and sustain basic education in the state,” Oshiomhole said.

According to him, “You will observe that basic education is the key to our future. Everybody refers to what we call the natural endowment of Nigeria. We are proud that one of every four Africans and one of every two West African is a Nigerian. We talk about a country of 170million people and we often describe ourselves as a result of this number, a country that is richly endowed with human capital in addition to other natural endowment such as liquid and solid mineral resources.

What we probably never talk about is the quality of our human capital. We refer to the quantity as if size is all that matters of a nation or even in business enterprise. What differentiates a growing nation from a stagnant nation is the level of human capital development.”

He assured teachers that the assessment test was not a witch-hunting exercise but a process to clean up the school system.

Agbonlahor commended the state government investment in the educational sector and thanked the governor for the confidence reposed on the team.

He promised that the team would be objective and transparent in the discharge of their assignment.

The Primary School Teachers Assessment Test has been scheduled in the next 14 days.

– CAJ News

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