The Osun State House of Assembly Committee on Education, Science and Technology, has challenged all government agencies in the education sector, to consolidate their efforts in addressing the falling standard of education.
According to the lawmakers, despite the huge resources committed to secondary and technical education in the state, the quality of teaching and students’ performances in national examinations is worrisome.
Chairman of the committee chairman, Honourable Oladoyin Bamisayemi lamented on the standard of education in the state, while receiving the Executive Secretary of the Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), Mr. Adeomo Ajao and his counterpart in the State Board for Technical and Vocational Education, Mr. Tunde Oyegbami at a public hearing last Tuesday.
The House’ committee chairman, who described education as the panacea for development in any society, said the House was ready to support government agencies, to improve the standard of education in primary and secondary schools.
Bamisayemi said the committee, with the mandate of the House decided to invite the two agencies, to identify some of the challenges confronting them and get first-hand information on some of the problems, in order to save the future of the state.
Collaborating the chairman, another member of the committee, Honourable Abiodun Awolola appealed to the stakeholders in the sector to rise up to the occasion, saying the committee will not accept any excuse for failure from any of the agencies.
While briefing the House committee, the Executive Secretary, TESCOM, Mr. Adeomo identified inadequate number of teachers in the state secondary schools and dilapidated infrastructure as major problems confronting secondary schools education.
He agreed with the committee that the state government is trying its best in the aspect of funding, but has to do more in the area of human resources and development, to improve the quality of teaching.
Mr. Tunde Oyebamiji of the State Technical Education Board on his part commended the committee members for their concern on the falling standard of education. He said the agency is suffering a similar fate with TESCOM in terms of inadequate teaching staff and modern equipment.
Oyebamiji drew the attention of the committee to an ongoing project under the supervision of the agency, which the contractor handling the project had abandoned.
The committee, however, directed the contractor handling the project to appear before the House next week Tuesday.
Other members of the committee were Honourable Odunola Ajiboye, Honourable Olalekan Rasaq, Honourable Taiwo Adeyemi and Honourable Johnson Ojo.