Against the backdrop of a strike action being threatened by Edo State chapter of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT, the Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Joan Oviawe, on Thursday contended that there was no basis for the strike. According to her, the governor, Godwin Obaseki “has done much for teachers”.
Asserting that primary school teachers in the state were among the best treated teachers in the country, Oviawe stated that in terms of remuneration, the take-home pay of teachers was more than that of average civil servants in the state.
Speaking at an interactive meeting with journalists in Benin, she insisted that “Edo State Government does not have any issue with anybody; government has been very pro-teachers”. According to her, Governor Obaseki’s administration was the most teacher-friendly government in the country.
The SUBEB Chairman however stated that only three Local Government Councils in the state owed primary school teachers allowances.
She stated that the Board had trained 11,400 teachers in the last two years, adding that Edo was the only state that had trained such high number of teachers in the country. She further disclosed that community-based teachers would be recruited and trained this year.
The SUBEB boss took advantage of the forum to clear the air on the allegation that it costs the Board N1.5 million to train a teacher, pointing out that the cost of training a teacher was less than N10,000 daily per teacher.
Oviawe disclosed that phase two of the Edo Basic Education Transformation Sector (EDOBEST) which will focus on quality of education and building a system that works, would be launched this year.
She said the Board would also launch five campaigns this year, adding that “skills acquisition is a strong part of our curriculum going forward”.