Oyo State government says it would work with Education Secretaries, and Heads of Sections in all local governments towards shutting down substandard primary schools.
The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Soliu Abdulwaheed Adelabu, in a meeting with basic education stakeholders on Wednesday said “mushroom” schools would not be allowed to operate in Oyo State.
Speaking in Ibadan, he said the Ministry and OYOSUBEB will work closely with relevant stakeholders to tighten the noose on operators of mushroom Primary schools.
He charged the Education Secretaries, and Heads of Sections in the 33 Local Government areas of the state to get set, as the meeting was part of steps and institutional preparations towards the crackdown.
Prof. Soliu Abdulwaheed, who expressed dissatisfaction with the report he gathered on the field, during a recent inspection, identified ways to forestall some basic errors in the basic education sub-sector.
He called for unwavering commitment by all stakeholders, charging them to be part of the moving train, to better the lots of children in the basic education sub-sector.
The Commissioner also admonished relevant stakeholders, to step up their game in the proper supervision of schools under their watch.
“Let us commit ourselves to the betterment of our public schools, as this will ultimately impact the lives and future of the students under our care”, he admonished.
The Commissioner also said that the Oyo State government under the supervision of Governor Seyi Makinde is making moves to address infrastructural decay in primary schools.
He noted that the Governor had given the Ministry a matching order to identify schools with urgent need of infrastructural overhaul.
“The Oyo State government is doing everything possible to bring every child of school age on board. However, we must not compromise our commitment to quality and standard education in the state”.
Speaking on the lingering issue of recruitment of primary school teachers, the Education commissioner said, “We are aware that teachers are retiring, and the staff strength in our primary schools is reducing. I assure you that, by God’s grace, we will recruit more teachers in the basic education sector by February 2024,” he said.
The Commissioner stressed that standards in education must not dwindle, and appealed to education Secretaries and private school owners to take the issue of standards in schools seriously.
Speaking earlier, the Coordinating Director, OYOSUBEB, Mrs Olaide Ladipo said the board is committed to the betterment of public primary schools.
She noted that the recent inspection of the Commissioner for Education, along with the management team of OYOSUBEB brought forth the areas where schools fall short, and where urgent attention is needed.
Represented by the Director, of Administration and Supply, Mr. David Isola, the Coordinating Director, said the meeting serves as a pivotal platform to address the challenges.
In his response, on behalf of his colleagues, the Education Secretary, of Ido Local government, Mr. Bukola Adigun, assured the State government of their dedication to improve education in the state.
The meeting was attended by Education Secretaries from 33 local government areas.
It also had in attendance Heads of Sections in the 33 local governments from Standard and Quality Assurance; Schools Services; Planning Research and Statistics among others.