Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has expressed worry over the downward trend of education in the South-West and called for concerted effort to urgently address the situation.
Speaking at a conference in Osogbo, the state capital, Aregbesola said education remains the basic factor that gives the South-West an edge over other regions in Nigeria, adding that the pursuit of education separated the Yoruba nation from any other.
According to him, Yoruba recorded many firsts in Law, Medicine, and Engineering among others. He however lamented that it is regrettable that the enviable legacy is being wiped off.
“After Chief Obafemi Awolowo introduced free primary education in January 1955; that singular act created a 50 year education gap between the West and other parts of the country. For instance, our own Wole Soyinka is the only Nigerian that has won the Nobel Prize in Literature.”
He frowned that the current downward trend in education in the South-West should be worrisome, saying that it sounds stranger than fiction when he became governor in November 2010, less than five percent of secondary school leavers in Osun had the prerequisite five credit score, including English and Mathematics, needed for matriculation into tertiary institutions.
The governor emphasised that since education brings enlightenment to the human mind, provides the platform for leadership recruitment and provides the means for character building and good citizenship, it must not be taken with levity.