The outstanding counterpart funds for 2015 and 2016 UBEC/SUBEB projects, which was not paid by the immediate past government in Ekiti State, has been paid by the state government.
The state Governor, Kayode Fayemi, while speaking at the 2016 Teachers Professional Development (TPD) Training Programme jointly organised by the Ekiti State Universal Basic Education Board(SUBEB) and the Universal Basic Education Board (UBEC), said his administration would relaunch and refocus the basic education sector in the state.
Fayemi, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Biodun Oyebanji, said that his administration has prioritised education, being one of its cardinal programmes.
The Governor promised that his administration would embark on far-reaching reforms intended to boost teaching and learning in schools and ultimately improve service delivery in the sector.
He restated the commitment of his administration to the welfare of teachers, harping on the need for them to reciprocate government’s gesture by working conscientiously towards achieving the desired goals.
Earlier in her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary of the State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr (Mrs ) Eunice Oladimeji, who described training and retraining as catalysts for improving productivity among teachers, said the present training programme was designed to improve the practical experiences of participants on the job.
Oladimeji urged participants to pay rapt attention at the forum in order to achieve a positive multiplier effect.
The Zonal Coordinator of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) in the state, Mr Joshua Arema, while speaking commended the Fayemi administration for abolishing the payment of school fees and levies in all public primary schools in the state.
He said UBEC would continue to collaborate with the Ekiti SUBEB in improving service delivery and making basic education accessible to children of school age in the state.
Over 300 mathematics and science teachers drawn public primary schools across the state are taking part in the three-day training programme holding in three designated centres.