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Special Education Teachers Commend Obaseki for Progressive Reforms

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has garnered praise for his education sector reforms, particularly for prioritizing children with special needs.

Dr. Auwalu Danlami, National Secretary of the Special Education Teachers, commended Obaseki for his dedication to these children and for ensuring they receive better support.

Danlami spoke to journalists after a courtesy visit to the governor at the Government House in Benin City. He highlighted the positive impact of Obaseki’s reforms on education quality and efforts to address learning poverty in the state. He specifically praised the 30 percent special allowance for special education teachers in Edo State.

“We are here to express our gratitude to the governor for his support of special education teachers, including the 30 percent special allowance. His provision of special teaching kits and learning materials has greatly benefited students with special needs,” Danlami said.

He also called for more technological resources for special needs students and invited the governor to their 35th annual national conference, themed “Professionalising Special Needs Education Services: The Need for Technology-Based Skills,” scheduled for June 3-7, 2024.

Ngbede Ochoche Anyebe, the association’s Public Relations Officer, also praised Obaseki’s developmental achievements, particularly in education. He announced that the National Association would award the governor a fellowship for his contributions.

“Governor Obaseki’s tangible achievements stand out. Unlike some governors who only perform on paper, Obaseki’s work is evident on the ground. We are here to support him and recognize his efforts, which will be remembered long after his tenure,” Anyebe said.

In response, Obaseki, represented by his Special Adviser on Media Projects, Crusoe Osagie, thanked the association for choosing Benin City for their conference and for recognizing Edo State’s progress in supporting special needs education.

“We appreciate your acknowledgment of the governor’s efforts, especially in education. Governor Obaseki is passionate about education and has introduced the EdoBEST Programme, which uses technology to enhance teaching and learning. About 60 percent of teachers now use tablets in our schools, reflecting the governor’s commitment to technology in education,” Osagie said.

He added, “We thank you for your dedication. Caring for special needs children requires immense patience and commitment.”

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