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Edo Govt promises to pay salaries of recalled teachers

The Edo Government in Benin said it would pay four out of six months salaries to its sacked teachers recently recalled by the government.

Gov. Adams Oshiomhole announced the decision when the teachers, principals and Chief Inspectors of Education paid him a thank you visit.

Oshiomhole said the decision was to complete the healing process which the government began on May 1 by recalling them to service.

He also said that their initial dismissal and subsequent reinstatement would not be used against them in future as it would not affect their promotion or service records.

He, however, explained to the teachers that government decision to dismiss them for various act of indiscipline in 2012 was borne out of its passion to ensure that children in the state had a qualitative education.

He noted that children were entitled to sound education, as a faulty foundation for them would hinder their progress in life.

The governor further said that the state was committed to providing services that would benefit and affect the people of the state positively.

He added that this prompted the government into ensuring that both primary and secondary schools across the state were reconstructed and given face lifts to be conducive for pupils, students and teachers.

Oshiomhole further urged the teachers to give their best and ensure that the state was returned to its past era of being in the first position in various external examinations.

Earlier, representatives of the teachers, led by Mr Felix Igie and Mr Sunny Okaka, in their separate remarks, thanked the governor for recalling them.

They said that the six months period of absence from work had instilled discipline in them, adding that they were now ready to give their best in their chosen field.

They assured the government that they would not repeat any act of indiscipline as that would amount to wasting their second chances.

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