The Edo State Ministry of Education has mandated top government officials such as Commissioners, Permanent Secretaries, Chairmen of Boards and Directors to take up teaching classes in public schools to assess their level of needs and help supervise their teachers.
The Commissioner in charge of the Ministry, Mr. Ekpenisi Omorotionwan who disclosed this at Idia College, a public secondary school in Benin City where he taught Government in a senior class said the move was for supervision purpose and to ensure that teachers do their jobs well.
“Upon resumption the government introduced the executive teaching scheme which led the commissioner, Permanent Secretary, Directors, Assistant Directors, Chief Inspectors of Education, Chairmen of Boards under the Ministry like the SUBEB, PPEB back to the classroom”.
He also said that the idea which could see the State Governor teaching a class soon was to let public school heads such as Principals and Vice-Principals realise that they were primarily employed as teachers who must teach classes regularly in spite of their managerial positions.
According to Omorotionwan, “No teacher is employed as Principal or Vice Principal. They were all employed first as teachers, and the more you teach the better you become”, adding that “the point has been made that if the Commissioner can go to the classroom no one has the excuse not to teach”.