By Dupson Collins, October 2022
Ondo State Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS) has advocated Integration of technology into classes across the secondary schools in the state, saying technology is the way to go in the 21st century.
The State Chairman of ASUSS, Comrade Tajudeen Balogun while addressing secondary schools’ teachers from the 18 local governments during the 2022 World Teachers Day held at the Union’s Permanent Secretariat, Imafon said the old teaching skills and methodologies are outdated.
He noted that, with the rapid changes in technology and the way students learn, educators must be able to embrace change and adapt to new trend of teaching.
“New teaching methodologies are changing the educational environment around the world; in most of our schools today, pedagogical practices are still largely traditional outlook”, he stated.
He blamed the Nigerian system that trained the teachers which did not make provision for improvement in school curricular.” The Circular being run in the teachers training institutions, be it Faculty of Education in Universities or College of Education, are basically the same handed from generations with virtually no amendments”.
The Chairman bemoaned situations where classrooms in the secondary schools are devoid of pedagogical gadgets require of 21st century teaching and learning.
He noted that, for teachers in Ondo State to be relevant in the 21st century education, they must unlearn, learn and relearn the old methods.
“We should rather learn the new ways by consciously making efforts towards acquiring 21st century pedagogical skills. A lot of training courses are available online, both free and paid”.
He charged the government to build classes in the state with state of art teaching gadgets and technological conducive teaching aids befitting of the 21st century.
While appreciating Governor Akeredolu for his efforts on education development in the state, the chairman said more needs to be done to further boost teaching in the Sunshine State.
His words: ” We appreciate the government in the areas of supply of books and laboratory equipment to schools, regular promotion of Tutors, continuous payment of WASSCE fees, timely appointment of Tutor-Generals to replace any of the retired ones in the three Senatorial Districts, rewarding best performing Tutors and principals of schools, capturing of Tutors in the National Housing Fund among others”.
He requested for the domestication and implementation of the newly approved service elongation for teachers by the federal government, approval of the career progression of Tutors to get to grade level 17, recruitment of more teachers, training and retraining of teachers, review of the current regime of allowances being paid to tutors and principals.
He also asked the government to increase the number of Tutor Generals from three to nine and posting of Amotekun personnel to schools.
The Guest Lecturer, Dr. (Mrs.) Ayodele Omowunmi, Departments of Agricultural Extension and Communication Technology, School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology, Akure, speaks on the theme, “Transformation of Education and Communication”.
Speaking the Chairman of the occasion who double as the former State Chairman of ASUSS, Comrade Hanney Dayo Adebiyi lamented the downward movement of the country’s education system since independent, saying the sector is just gyrating like the barber’s chair.
He commended the theme chosen for the 2022 World Teachers Day, saying it is timely. “Our education needs transformation. It is equally a common knowledge that the centre of every policy is the teachers; this year’s theme could, therefore, not have come at a better time”.
He said the desire recognition needed by the teachers must be transformative in terms of good pay, quality refresher courses, training, conducive teaching environment, modern teaching aids and the teachers should not shy away from self-development.
In his goodwill message, the State Chairman of Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade Fatuase thanked ASUSS for their cooperation, saying the union is one of the pillars of TUC in Ondo State.
He commended Akeredolu giant strides in the welfare of teachers, while charging the governor to translate paper promotion into action.
Fatuase said Teachers need more information on Pension Scheme, asking them not to criticize government on Health Insurance Scheme but ensure proper monitoring for effective service delivery.
He charged teachers to brace up and demand for their right most especially as 2023 election is fast approaching, saying there’s no better time to table their demands than now because of the voting power that reside with them.
He frowned at the string attached to the promotion of Secondary Schools teachers to level 16, saying if Primary School teachers can enjoy the gesture, teachers in the secondary schools should not be mandated to have Master’s before attaining the peaks of their career.
He condemned the lackadaisical attitudes of the federal government on ASUU demands, saying the present government at the Centre has failed Nigerians and are not doing anything to develop education sector.
He charged all affiliated member of TUC to contribute between N50-100 to the building of Secretariat for the Union, while promising to give award to 20 outstanding teachers in the next year editions.
In the same vein, the state President of ANCOPSS, Comrade Mebawondun Johnbull commended the leadership of ASUSS for the new innovation and success so far achieve within the period in office.
He promised to work together with the leadership of the Union at both the state and national levels.