Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) has employed the services of a volunteer group known as 'SUBEB Marshals' to monitor teachers' performance and to enforce strict discipline in primary schools.
Chairman of the Board, Prof. Soji Adejumo disclosed this during the donation of six desktop computer sets and a power generating set to CAC Primary School, Olugbode, Ibadan by an alumnus of the school, High Chief Kola Daisi.
He said the recruitment of the marshals became imperative because the board needed educationally inspired people to assist in monitoring the teachers and students and to report their findings to the board.
“We want other people to watch them and report to us. We will appoint 5,000 SUBEB marshals that will be our ears and eyes. We will have at least two of them in every school community. If we monitor them ourselves, we may not monitor well. That is why we want volunteers.”
Adejumo said the state government was determined to ensure that all its teachers were computer literates so as to impart the knowledge to the students.
While decorating Daisi as a grand patron of the marshals, he said the marshals were free to visit schools for observation and to make corrections where necessary. He also thanked Daisi for his support and urged others to emulate him.
The SUBEB boss also decried the attitude of some wealthy individuals in the state, whom he accused of neglecting government's public private partnership initiative to bail out schools from rot and decay.
According to him, the donation was in support of the state government's 'Adopt a school' project, which he said was aimed at introducing and sustaining technological education at the primary level, as well as to enhance the learning process and inculcate self-confidence in products of the school.
Daisi, who enrolled in the school in 1938, said the gesture would encourage pupils of the school to proudly hold their own among their counterparts elsewhere.
He had in 2009, constructed a three-storied block of 15 classrooms each, a borehole with water tanks and pumps, as well as a modern toilet facility for both pupils and teachers of the school.