Ado-Ekiti — The Ekiti State House of Assembly has advised teachers in the state to obey the government and submit themselves for the compulsory competency test.
The teachers had earlier vowed not to write the test, alleging that the exercise was meant to demote or ridicule them. Chairman, House Committee on Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs. Omowumi Ogunlola, who spoke with newsmen yesterday as part of activities to mark the anniversary of the Assembly, asked the teachers to obey the state government and subject themselves for assessment.
The lawmaker said the Assembly mediated in the matter by meeting with both government and teachers' representatives with a view to reaching an amicable resolution.
She said the examination was meant to determine the teachers' strength and weaknesses with a view to addressing any shortcoming therein.
Ogunlola added that the exercise is not meant to make any teacher lose his/her job.
"I don't believe teachers should run away from writing examination. Teachers teach students, conduct examinations and assess their pupils/students, so why should they say they cannot write examination to enable government know the areas that need serious attention in the education sector. So, in the interest of the people of Ekiti State, they should toe the line of reasoning," she said.
While rating the Assembly in the year under review, the lawmaker said the House, apart from making laws to enhance the living standard of the people, it also passed several bills into law.