The Kogi State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Hon. Wemi Jones, FCIB, has urged the Board of Science Technical Education and Teaching Service Commission (STETSCOM) to hasten the process of merger of Science Technology and Technical Education Board (STTEB) and Teaching Service Commission (TSC) for effective service delivery.
The Commissioner gave the advice when the newly constituted board members of STETSCOM, paid him a courtesy visit in his office on Tuesday in Lokoja.
The commissioner explained that the merger was to promptly address the issue of shortage of teachers in some schools across the state.
He stressed that the merger of TSC and STTEB would among other things addressed the imbalance of teachers among various schools in the state.
While congratulating the Chairperson of STETSCOM, Mrs Cecilia Cook, and other board members on their well deserved appointments, the Commissioner tasked them to work as a team in addressing the challenges facing the secondary school sub-sector in the state.
He reemphasized that the imbalance of teachers in TSC and STTEB remained an issue that should be addressed before schools reopen.
He further tasked them on the issue of capacity building for teachers to enhance their performance for effective service delivery, saying, ”if we get it right with the teachers, we will equally get it right with the children”.
The commissioner reminded all appointees in the education sector on the need to revamp the system, saying posterity would not forgive them if the present challenges facing the sector were not addressed.
Earlier, in her remarks, Mrs Cook, pledged her support and that of her members to ensure a quick turnaround in the secondary school sub-sector.
She stressed that the issues of punctuality of STETSCOM’s staff and the merger were already receiving adequate attention.
In his vote of thanks, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Pastor Emmanuel Idenyi, enjoined the board members to work hand-in-hand with the Ministry in addressing the challenges facing the sector.