Lagos State House of Assembly is set to enhance the teaching profession, through the establishment of teaching Service Commission in the State…….
A bill for the re-establishment of Lagos State Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) was considered at the House of Assembly, this was made known during the plenary yesterday. The members made the move after the second reading of a bill for a law to establish the (TESCOM) 2016 and for connected purposes.
Briefing the House about the Bill, the Chairman of the House Committee on Education, Olanrewaju Ogunyemi explained that the bill if passed into law would seek for the management of the career of teachers in the civil service and would ensure that teachers have appellate bodies to address their discomfort and grievances. He said further said that some lacuna were observed in the state educational system after the creation of the six education districts and cancellation of the then TESCOM.
Hon. Ogunyemi also added that the bill proposes to empower the Commission to promote uniform guideline for discipline, promotion and also to ensure teachers’ effectiveness in the State.
Contributing, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade commended the governor for giving more attention to the profession as the proposed bill will enhance the capacity and welfare of teachers in the civil service.
Hon. Desmond Elliot took an exception to a section (7) of the bill where the Governor has the power to dissolve the board and to also appoint a caretaker. He urges the House of Assembly to consider the time frame when the governor should be able to do so.
The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa in his remarks wondered why TESCOM was to be brought back, after the House had approved the creation of the districts, which he said had operated for many years he therefore advised on the need to confirm provisions of existing related laws in relation to the proposed law as regards its purpose and intention instead of proposing an entirely new law.
According to him, if the basic intention of the proposed law is centered on discipline, then the existing law can be re-examined and amended.
He however commits the bill to the Committee of Education and Committee on Establishment to report back to the House in two weeks.