The Kayode Fayemi administration has been described as the most teacher-centric in the history of Ekiti State through its lasting and robust welfare package aimed at motivating teachers in the discharge of their duties and to put smiles on their faces as very important partners of the Fayemi administration.
These welfare packages, which form part of the education policy of the Fayemi administration, are part of the factors responsible for the uplift of the state’s education sector from the doldrums it used to be to a place of pride and gradual turn-around.
According to the Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation, which bared these facts in a statement in Ado-Ekiti at the weekend, the present administration in the state was able to turn around the education sector due to fool-proof and flexible policies seeped in deep thinking and careful planning done by Ekiti eggheads brought together at the behest of the Fayemi administration in an education stakeholders’ summit.
The organisation in the statement signed by its spokesperson, Dimeji Daniels, said the Fayemi administration in 2011 reversed the scrapping of the office of Tutor-General carried out by a previous Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration in the state by appointing three tutors-general to superintend over the three senatorial districts in the state.
The three were later promoted to the position of permanent secretaries in 2013.
Daniels said contrary to claims by the candidate of the PDP, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, that the Fayemi administration had not been fair to teachers, the present administration had done more for teachers than in all the years from 1996 when the state was created till 2010 when Dr. Kayode Fayemi took over the mantle of leadership.
He added that the salary package of teachers in the state has tripled as against the Fayose era when there was no increase in salaries for almost four years.
Other packages mentioned by the Daniels include the 20 percent teachers rural allowance to incentivize teachers deployed to rural areas, 20 percent core subjects allowance, teachers housing scheme, first-ever loan scheme for primary school teachers, distribution of laptops to teachers, 27.5 percent Teachers Salary Structure (TSS) and capacity building training which has produced the best teacher in Nigeria consecutively in 2012 and 2013, a feat never achieved during the Fayose era.
The deliberate and first-of-their-kind education programmes of the Fayemi administration are responsible for the increase in the success rate of the state in the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) from 22 percent in 2010 to 70 percent in 2013, winner of the 2013 edition of the national essay-writing competition of the All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), first in the annual National Mathematics competition organized by the National Mathematics Association of Nigeria, amongst many.
Daniels said the Fayose administration did not record such feats because of its cosmetic and razzmatazz approach to a serious sector such as the education sector which the Fayemi administration had conscientiously through careful planning and deliberate result-oriented policies turned around the sector.
This seriousness exhibited by the Fayemi administration in the sector was why it was able to attract the attention of the international community through a grant of 50 million dollars from the World Bank to restore education to its enviable heights in the state.
Daniels, who cautioned the PDP to stop spreading falsehood in a bid to attract sympathy, said the alleged 34th position of the state in SSCE being bandied by the party is a product of its warped imagination as the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) released no such ranking.
Reacting to the claim by Labour Party (LP) that the Fayemi administration is owing pensioners, the spokesperson of the Fayemi administration described it as a blatant lie, adding that the Fayemi administration is not owing anyone pension.
He said it was true that gratuities are being owed, but that they were incurred by previous administrations and that the present administration has offset a significant portion of the backlog.
He said the Fayemi administration is the first government to honour the nationally agreed pension increase hitherto ignored by previous administrations, adding that pensioners can be sure that with a kind-hearted man like Dr. Fayemi in office, more goodies await them in the coming dispensation.