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6,203 Ekiti Teachers Get N146m Special Allowances

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No fewer than 6,203 public primary and secondary schools teachers serving in rural areas and teaching core subjects in Ekiti State are to benefit from the N146 million allowances released by the state government.

The payment of the special allowances arrears covers three-month arrears of October, November and December 2018.

The gesture according to the state deputy governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi was a “further demonstration of the present administration’s commitment to the welfare of teachers and ensure meaningful development in education sector.’’

Egbeyemi in a statement yesterday signed by his special assistant on Media, Odunayo Ogunmola, said that the Kayode Fayemi administration places high premium on the welfare of workers and would ensure timely payment of all arrears of workers’ salaries.

A total number of 3,314 teachers serving in rural areas got N77,352,843.75 while 2,889 core subjects teachers got N68,718,214.90.

Core Subjects Allowance is paid to public school teachers teaching Mathematics, English Language, Physics, Chemistry and Biology while Rural Teachers Allowance is paid to teachers who offered to serve in rural communities.

The two allowances, which came on stream during the first tenure of Dr. Fayemi, are outside the normal monthly salaries paid to teachers by the state government.

Egbeyemi urged teachers to reciprocate the gesture and cooperate with the administration of Dr. Fayemi by putting in their best in order to regain the lost glory in education in Ekiti State.

The deputy governor who noted that the education sector has been enjoying a new lease of life since Fayemi administration came on board assured that the administration will never sack teachers as insinuated by the opposition but will employ more teachers as soon as possible.

He listed the reforms in education to include the Executive Order banning collection of illegal levies in public schools and the release of N200 million housing and car loans to teachers.

Others, according to him are the payment of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) fees for 13,000 final year students in public secondary schools; purchase of 3,000 Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) forms for Ekiti youths; and procurement of 552 laptops for selected secondary schools.

 

 

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