The teachers were initially sacked for falsifying their credentials.
The Oyo State Government has recalled over 1,000 secondary school teachers that were earlier fired for falsifying their ages and having irregular credentials.
The state government announced the sacked teachers’ reinstatement through a release from the office of the Special Adviser to Governor Abiola Ajimobi on media, Festus Adedayo, on Monday.
According to the statement, the governor decided to pardon the erring staff of the state Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), after “persistent interventions by the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) and stakeholders in the education sector.”
While announcing their sack some months back, the state government said it was acting on an audit conducted by its predecessor which found the affected teachers culpable.
The action fueled protest among the victims which spurred the government to raise a committee to review some of the cases. Some of the teachers were later reabsorbed following the review panel’s recommendation. But the governor who had pledged zero tolerance to corruption in the state civil service, vowed not to recall the remaining teachers, saying their cases were too bad.
However, while addressing the teachers at the House of Chiefs, Secretariat, Ibadan, he said that his administration decided to review their cases to temper justice with mercy. He stated that he was raising a fresh committee to, again, review the cases of the affected teachers, adding that his government would ensure that the ages of those who falsified their ages would be regularized and then, they would be finally reinstated. For those already due for retirement, the governor said that they would be allowed to retire and paid their entitlements.
Mr. Ajimobi noted that he was trying to ensure that the legal maxim which says that it is better to set 99 guilty persons free than to allow a single innocent to suffer injustice, was fulfilled.
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