To educate is to develop mentally and morally, and to provide with information. Education system has been divided into primary, secondary and tertiary all over the world, as milestones and to separate the grains from the shafts. Though education is necessary as a veritable tool of combating poverty and hunger, it is of no use to turn-out “half-baked” graduates to the society. That is the essence of the revolution in the education sector in the State of Osun where it has been resolved that it cannot be business as usual. There is no gain without pains.
The Senate Committee on Education, led by Senator Uche Chukwumerije, came to the State of Osun and was full of praises for the government of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for the revolution going on in the education sector in the state. The government sees education as one of the tools of banishing hunger and poverty. It has developed structures and systems for the training of youths so that they can be useful and contribute to the development of the economy. The Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES) normally start with educating and training of the cadets. OREAP Youths Academy trains students in agricultural practices. The proposed Life Centres will train students in vocations that will aid them in self-employment.
The state is interested in functional and quality basic education and has collaborated with tertiary institutions for training youths in Entrepreneurial Studies. The need for sound basic education informed the government decision to restructure the primary, secondary and tertiary structures of education. The primary schools or Neighbourhood Schools, will be located in all the neighborhoods in the state. The modern buildings that are being constructed to house the primary and secondary schools by O’Schools, will be furnished with modern amenities in a fenced space.
The government of the State of Osun is mostly pained by state of education in the state and is poised to provide the best education for its students. It has been paying the examination fees of students since its inauguration in 2010.
It started its revolution in the education sector through an educational summit that played host to experts in primary, secondary and tertiary education from within and outside the country.
It is selfish to observe an issue, especially public issue, through one’s perspective only and without consideration for others’ views. Nobody will bear the brunt of education collapse in the state more than the state government which promised to banish hunger and poverty among the six point action plan in a constrained economy. Any utterance about the suspension of medical education in the State of Osun ought not to be a grunt or should not be gruesome, especially from a person that supposed to be informed as a past Vice Chancellor of the university.
The idea of suspending the medical programme was informed by two factors. It is not total cancellation. One, it is not reasonable to train medical students without a well-equipped teaching hospital. The administration of Ogbeni Aregbesola has a genuine and lavish plans to revive the tertiary education in the state including medical education that will be done in a standard teaching hospital.
Two, the resources that will be used to train “half-baked” medical students can be directed to the other six schools that formed Osun State University which have the same challenges like six universities. For example, they all require their own library, clinic, canteen and heads.
It is quite unfortunate that situation in the country has degenerated to a state that people now view projects from personal benefits only.
People now see personal accruals as overriding factor to cost and benefit analysis. The perceived agitation for projects to be done during one’s tenure should be genuine, matched with costs and not be for its personal benefits. The grumblers of medical programme suspension in the State of Osun are only infuriated because of the missed opportunity to act as the developers of the medical school which would have consumed a lot of money.
What is the essence of training if quality cannot be infused in the trainees? The students who are supposed to be angered by the development are all satisfied that the magnanimous government of Ogbeni deemed it fit to transfer them to a reputable medical school in Ukraine. The President of the Medical Students Association, Samuel Owoeye, was full of praises for the government on behalf of other members. The Ukrainian medical school has trained renowned physicians world over. The government has spent millions of Naira for the training of the students whose destiny was hanging in an unaccredited programme by the National University Commission (NUC) and this makes economic sense than embarking on the development of a medical school now.
Oshogbo, State of Osun.