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Nigeria: Fayemi Employs 600 Teachers, Warns Against Mediocrity

Nigeria: Fayemi Employs 600 Teachers, Warns Against Mediocrity

The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has employed 600 secondary school teachers, saying all employments into the teaching service would be based on merit to prevent the recruitment of mediocre teachers.

Fayemi charged teachers in the state to always display commitment to diligence, excellence and integrity in molding a ‘total child’ both in academic and moral excellence.

The governor gave the charge yesterday while flagging off a three-day induction programme for newly recruited secondary school teachers in the state.

About 600 newly recruited teachers participated in the exercise which took place at St Louis Grammar School in Ikere Ekiti. They were part of the successful candidates in the recruitment exercise by the state Teaching Service Commission earlier in the year as well as those who did conversion and transfer of service from other areas to the teaching profession.

Fayemi said the process of selecting applicants was transparent, competitive and merit-based regardless of background, gender, religion, political colouration, and in some cases, state of origin.

“The employment is merit-based. We won’t tolerate mediocrity in teachers because of the future of our dear state, and to also ensure we preserve the education sector-the only thriving industry we have,” he stated.

The governor told the new teachers that “our children are our future; they are our tomorrow and they are now in your hands. Whatever you make out of them is what tomorrow will be for our country. The input will determine the output, hence the need for you to make positive impact on the lives of the children.