The Executive Chairman of Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, LASUBEB, Hon. Wahab Alawiye-King has advised the 2,000 newly recruited primary school teachers to familiarize themselves with all necessary public service documents that would aid them in the discharge of their duties effectively to the state government.
Speaking at an induction ceremony organised for the newly recruited teachers at LASUBEB office in Maryland, Hon. Alawiye-King underscored the indispensability of the Public Service Rules, Financial Regulations and some other service documents to the new employees, insisting that the materials are important to the teachers to guide their conduct, utterances and interaction as government officials.
He appealed, “Get yourself acquainted with the system, get a copy of the Public Service Rules, know your rights, limitations and responsibilities. Develop yourself from time to time and be certified by relevant professional bodies, so that you can be globally competitive.”
The induction programme, which was held simultaneously at five different centers, according to Alawiye-King, was important, considering the different background of the new employees, who are very fresh in the system and to avoid situations where they would ignorantly run afoul of some laid down procedures in service.
He said, “This induction programme is customary for every new employee. It is meant to give you a smooth entry into the teaching service at the basic education level.”
Congratulating the newly employed for scaling through the very rigorous selection processes and for being employed among many other qualified applicants who also applied for the job, the LASUBEB boss expressed his delight to see very passionate individuals as applicants for the teaching job, stressing that the professional level which teaching has now assumed shows that qualified individuals could now be employed as teachers as against the practice in the past when people are usually persuaded to join the teaching service.
Alawiye-King also counseled the newly employed teachers on financial intelligence and management of their resources to meet their needs, especially now that they have fixed sources of regular income.
In a presentation to the new employees, the Director-General of Lagos State Public Service Staff Development Centre, PSSDC, Dr. Senukon Ajose-Harrison, challenged the teachers to think “outside the box,” broaden their horizon and be abreast of what happens in other places across the world, especially as far as teaching is concerned.
He said, “Hone your skills to be at par with the demands of 21st century teaching skills and let your goals be S.M.A.R.T. which is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.”