The Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board has urged the 1,300newly employed primary school teachers in the state to see their employment as a call to duty and service to humanity.
This is contained in a statement by the Public Affairs Officer of the board, Mr Seyi Akitoye, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos.
The board, on April 15, issued appointment letters to the newly employed primary school teachers.
This was in response to the directive of the state Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode to employ 1300 primary school teachers to boost the manpower in the public primary schools.
The statement quoted the Chairman of the board, Dr Ganiyu Sopeyin as urging the teachers to help the state to achieve its set goals in the area of primary education.
Sopeyin, according to the statement, said the new teachers were appointed following an open competitive process by the state government, which was adjudged to be of international standard.
He also reaffirmed that the present administration had invested in education in order to make public primary schools more attractive and competitive.
“The teaching profession is a noble profession which demands high professionalism.
“The new teachers should remember they were given opportunities which many are still seeking.
“This is a golden opportunity for you to contribute your own quota to the development of the state.
“You are going to be teaching our wards who are future leaders; we are entrusting you with our future, therefore, we want the best from you,” the statement quoted Sopeyin as saying.
He warned that public service was guided by rules and regulations, noting that diligence and hard work would be rewarded, while any erring teacher would be sanctioned.