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Lawyers urge Lagos to rectify anomalies in teachers’ promotion exercise

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Bothered by allegations of irregularities trailing the 2015 Lagos State promotion and assessment exercise, conducted for public school teachers, a group of lawyers in solidarity with the affected teachers, are appealing to the state government to quickly address the issue.

A statement made available to The Guardian, jointly signed by Gbenga Paseda and Adeniji Adediji, both legal practitioners, on behalf of concerned lawyers, faulted aspects of the promotion exercise.
“There was deep unease among teachers in the six education districts of the state, when news filtered in that some of their colleagues have been allegedly secretly selected for promotion even when the results of the examinations have not fully been released and made public,” the statement stated adding, “It appeared that the Lagos government was working against the teachers’ career progression, where hard work, commitment and performance would not be recognised and rewarded.”

The discovery, the statement added, spontaneously sparked disappointment and anger among the affected dedicated teachers, who described the development as a total violation of the new Performance-Based Promotion Policy of the state government introduced by the last administration.

The new promotion parameter, as gathered, pegged written examination between 20-30 per cent while the actual job performance was increased to between 45 and 50 per cent according to the officers’ grade level.

Having participated in both the 2015 written and oral examinations, and performed relatively well. The teachers anxiously awaited the final results of their promotion exercise. But, shortly, many of them said they were shocked and confused when only the results of the written part of the examination were released and pasted across the six education districts.

Those that scored up to 10/20 or 12/25 or 15/30, accordingly, were still rejoicing when information got to them that only the written part would be used for their promotion.

Touched by the teachers’ plight, the concerned lawyers denounced the policy as unjust and unfriendly to the affected workers’ career.

They challenged the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), All Nigerian Confederation of Principal of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) and the Tutors-General of the six education districts not to leave the affected teachers to their current travails.

They urged Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, to quickly rectify the anomalies in the interest of public education and quality teaching.
“Ambode should order immediate release of the full results of this year’s teachers promotion exercise and be pasted across all the education districts, for justice, fair-play and transparency..


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