By Dare Lawal
The Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi, is fighting hard to win reelection as state governor when Ekiti people go to the polls next month. For a civil service state like Ekiti, it means not being on the wrong side of the powerful teachers’ union.
Consequently, Gov. Fayemi yesterday decided to cancel the controversial Teachers Development Needs Assessment (TDNA) which the teachers have been protesting against for over a year.
Last year, Fayemi organised the TDNA twice without success as teachers boycotted it.
The cancellation of the TDNA was not the only concession which the teachers received as the governor also announced the decision of his administration to commence payment of the 27.5 per cent Teachers’ pecuniary allowance.
The governor, however, said the TDNA would be replaced with “well structured capacity building programmes and administration of questionnaires to students.”
Currently, the government pays 16 per cent of the allowance based on negotiation with the teachers. However, Fayemi announced the readiness of his government to effect full payment while addressing teachers at the sensitization programme on the State Education Programme Investment Project (SEPIP).
The governor directed the deputy governor, Prof. Modupe Adelabu, to immediately liaise with the leadership of the various teachers’ unions on the prompt implementation of the allowance.