Edo Teachers Sue Oshiomhole Over Competency Test:
The lingering crisis between teachers in Edo State and the state government has taken a new turn following a legal action instituted by secondary school teachers at the National Industrial Court challenging the Edo State government’s competence in conducting tests for them.
The teachers maintained that “Only the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) can determine the standard of knowledge and skill to be attained by teachers in the country.
Meanwhile, the state government said on Tuesday that the planned assessment of teachers in public primary and secondary schools has been fixed for Saturday, March 22.
Chairman of the Assessment Committee, Professor Dennis Agbonlahor, in a statement said: “Pursuant to the desire by the government and people of the state to urgently halt the unacceptable state of decay in our education sector, the seven-man committee has commenced its assignment by adopting a special approach that would be beneficial to all concerned.
Plaintiffs in the suit now before the Akure Division of the court are Messrs Okoekpen Emmanuel, Ebare Sunday, Bola Sunday and Osayande Samuel for themselves and on behalf of all secondary school tutors in Edo State.
Apart from the Edo State government, other defendants in the suit are the state attorney-general and commissioner for justice, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, Prof Dennis Agbonlahor, Mrs Yemi Keri, head of Information Technology Agency, head of service, Edo State, Ministry of Basic Education and Ministry of High Education.
In the suit filed by their counsel, Olayiwola Afolabi, the secondary school tutors are praying the court for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the defendants excluding the TRCN, whether by themselves, their agents or privy from conducting the purported competency test or any test in any guise for them, pending the determination of the substantive suit.
They also prayed the court for an order restraining the defendants from taking any step or doing any thing inconsistent with their employment by withholding their salaries or any of their entitlements, terminating their appointments as a result of the said competency test pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit. (Leadership)