By Bushrah Yusuf-Badmus
The Kwara chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS) has called for the autonomy of the state Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM).
Mr Jimoh Daudu, the state Chairman of ASUSS who made the appeal in a statement on Sunday in Ilorin, said this would enable TESCOM achieve its core mandates.
He said the vision, mission and core mandates of TESCOM are to be carried out independently of other state educational agencies and departments as stipulated in the law that established the commission.
”The Kwara TESCOM needs not be operated and managed by staff and heads of other government establishments such as Head of Service as it is currently applicable in Kwara TESCOM.
”Most of the administrative heads of Kwara TESCOM are from Head of Service contrary to the law that established the commission.
”For instance, the C. F. O. of teaching service commission is from Civil Service Commission, Director PFS is from Civil Service Commission, Secretary of the commission is also from Civil Service Commission.
”No Permanent Secretary was appointed from Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) either from office or field, even the one presently at commission is from Civil Service Commission.
”The state government should look into this and make necessary corrections. Kwara TESCOM should enjoy the autonomy given to it by law,” Daudu said.
He added that promotion of members of staff should also be looked into as no worker had been promoted since 2013.
”The last time the commission effected the staff promotion was 2013, while other promotions since that time were not effected with cash backing, meanwhile the other staff in the ministries and departments have had their promotions effected up to date.
”We, therefore, urge the state government to weight in on the issues surrounding the TESCOM staff promotions and make necessary corrections,” the chairman said.
Daudu also said that training and retraining of teachers was needed to restore lost glory of the teaching profession
”Kwara TESCOM needs to bring back the lost glory to the profession by training and retraining teachers through seminars, symposium and workshops.
”This will help to maximise the outputs of the classroom masters and its reflection on the state education standard,” the chairman said.
He also appealed that the issue of identity card that the staff members paid for twice and did not get was resolved.
Dauda also asked for consideration to be given to teachers especially teachers who have served meritoriously in various capacities in their career in the appointment of Permanent Secretaries into TESCOM.
The union, however, commended Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq in his efforts to retaining and recruiting competent teachers in TESCOM.
”We implore him to engage competent hands in the selection of teachers in the ongoing recruitment, they should be considered based on merit,” he urged.