Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has ordered refund of N2000 and N1500 examination charges the Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) collected from teachers, who applied to become head teachers and deputy head teachers.
He said there is no basis for such charges since the Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the government now get their running cost.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye,
said the over 100 applicants for the positions who sat for the evaluation examination last Wednesday had been asked to pay the fee as was the practice before, but the AbdulRazaq administration objected to it on the grounds that the government had already paid for running cost that covered such exercise.
The statement said TESCOM has complied with the governor’s directive, as over 90 per cent of the applicants have been refunded.
It quoted the TESCOM’s supervisory Permanent Secretary, Bayo Onimago.
“The directive has been complied with. Almost all the affected head teachers and deputy head teachers have been refunded,” the statement quoted Onimago as saying.
A key development in Kwara’s civil service since AbdulRazaq’s ascension was the restoration of running cost to the ministries — a step that has energised the civil service to perform its roles as the government’s engine room.