A member of Osun State House of Assembly, Hon. Tunde Olatunji, has called for adequate motivation for teachers, saying it would improve quality and standard of education in the country.
Olatunji (APC-Ife North) made the remarks while unveiling his education awards and mentorship series for teachers and students in Ipetumodu, in Ife North area of the state.
The lawmaker said when teachers were motivated, it would bring out teachers’ enthusiasm to control and discipline students which would encourage students to improve their attitude towards their study.
According to him, the schools, through commitment and motivation of teachers, make both unique and profound impact in the lives of students by preparing them for a successful future and equipping them to build a greater society.
Olatunji said that his award and mentorship programmes was aimed at acknowledging hardworking and outstanding teachers alongside students and celebrate them.
The lawmaker said that with Regular payment of salary and other remuneration, provision of adequate teaching facilities and equipment with good welfare scheme, teachers would always be willing to give their best.
“Teachers will evaluate students more objectively and will display greater in-depth and details in teaching subject if properly motivated” Olatunji said.
Also speaking , Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, the Chief of Staff to Gov. Rauf Aregbesola, commended the lawmaker for his passion for education advancement in his constituency and state at large.
Oyetola said state government would continue to recognise hardworking teachers and brilliant students in public schools across the state.
In his remarks, Oba Adedotun Abolarin, the Orangun of Oke-Ila, Osun, encouraged the students to always aimed for the best in their academic pursuit.
Oba Abolarin, who decried the high rate of corruption and poverty in the country, said youths, who he described as future leaders, must be ready to correct the situation.
The state Commissioner for Education, Mr Kolawole Omotunde-Young, commended the lawmaker for the initiative, saying government will always give the best to teachers.
Three best teachers and students from elementary, middle and high school were awarded.
Miss Adeola Akanbi , a high school student, who emerged the best students was also given full schorlaship to university level by the lawmaker.
The occasion was also used by the students and the lawmaker to pray and celebrate the birthday of the remaining Dapchi Schoolgirl with Boko Haram, Leah Sharibu, who clocked 15 years on Monday.
Olatunji, whose birthday coincided with that of Leah, urged Federal Government to intensify efforts in rescuing the girl