The Executive Chairman of Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, LASUBEB, Hon. Wahab Alawiye-King has advised the 2000 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.
At an induction ceremony organised for the newly recruited teachers at LASUBEB office in Maryland today, the Chairman underscored the indispensability of the Public Service Rules, Financial Regulations and some other service documents to the new employees, saying that the materials are important to the teachers to guide their conduct, utterances and interaction as government officials.
“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 the relevant professional body so that you can be globally competitive,” the LASUBEB Chairman pleaded.
The induction programme which was held simultaneously at five different centres, 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 foul 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.”
He congratulated the newly employed for scaling through the very rigorous selection processes and for being able to be employed among many other qualified applicants who also applied for the job.
He said he was happy 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 counselled 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.
While making 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 teaching is concerned.
“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,” the DG stated.