Lagos State House of Assembly is set to enhance the teaching profession , through the establishment of Teaching Service Commission in the state.
Members of the House made the move after the second reading of a bill for a law to establish the Lagos State Teaching Service Commission 2016 and for connected purposes.
Speaking on the bill, the Chairman of the House Committee on Education, Hon. Lanre Ogunyemi explained that the bill if passed into law would seek for the management of the career of teachers in the civil service and would ensure that teachers have appellate bodies to address their discomfort or grievances.
Hon. Ogunyemi also added that the bill proposes to empower the Commission to promote uniform guideline for discipline, promotion and also to ensure teachers’ effectiveness in the state.
Contributing, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade commended the governor for giving more attention to the profession as the proposed bill will enhance the capacity and welfare of teachers in the civil service.
Hon. Desmond Elliot took an exception to Section 7 of the bill where the Governor has the power to dissolve the board and to also appoint a caretaker body to manage it. He urged the House of Assembly to consider the time frame when the governor should be able to do so.
The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa in his remarks, advised on the need to confirm provisions of existing related laws in relation to the proposed law as regards its purpose and intention instead of proposing an entirely new law.
According to him, if the basic intention of the proposed law is centred on discipline, then the existing law can be re-examined and amended. In his words, “We need to establish reasons why we should create a centralized body and we should be convinced that the law that is existing has failed the test of time”.
He however committed the bill to the Committee on Education and Committee on Establishment to report back to the House in two weeks.