El-Rufai Vs NUT: The Battle For Educational Reforms

By Segun Ojo

From the beginning of civilisation until now education has been the major propellant behind man’s voyage in all spheres of life. We all can testify to the spectacular jump in human knowledge and its applications particularly in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Though, our mediocre education has taken us this far, if we can call where we are far. But how much farther can it take us in an ever competitive world. It is sickening to see that we are bent on making education totally irrelevant to our quest to be counted among the biggest economies of the world.

Looking at the trending educational crisis in Kaduna state between Governor Nasir El-Rufai and the Nigeria Union of Teachers, relating to the competency test organized by the state government for 33,000 primary school teachers out of which 21,780 teachers woefully failed the primary four pupils examination organized for them. One begin to wondering ,even asking a rhetorical question that who really is a teacher and who could a pupil be when teachers who were supposed to be a role model for the pupils in primary school, to give basic and qualitative education they deserve, could act so disrespectful to the profession that gave birth to them. …who really is a teacher?

The teacher stands at the most important point in the educational process and must be well versed in the act of teaching. This means that a person called teacher must have acquired the skills required to perform his/her role. A teacher should be someone who had undergone a long period of socialized training and is regarded as a moral instructor, moral educator and a moral model for his/her students. Teaching as a profession has to do with impacting skills, knowledge, information, and attitude among others to the learner. The quality of teachers found in our primary schools goes a long way in determining the quality of pupils from this level of education.

Therefore, teaching cannot be done by just anybody because it involves a body of knowledge being impacted to a less experienced or immature person through conscious and deliberate approach, that teaching as a process requires some knowledgeable personalities, who offer the necessary knowledge and skills to another person. No education can rise above the quality of its teachers.

Developing a functional pool of trained intelligence that will drive the building of a virile nation is a daunting and time consuming exercise which unfortunately never ends. And no country can depend on the human capital of other countries to provide solutions to its development challenges. The critical importance of a locally available highly trained workforce in nation building is undeniable.

And as being posited that a unionist is always believe to be someone who sees reasons to every situation and believes in truth and plight of members in a reasonable manner. Therefore, there is need for the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Kaduna state chapter to see reasons why the 21,780 teachers who failed the primary four pupils examination have not done well to motivate a true spirit of unionism to fight for them but to rather leave the system for the competent and fresh brain to come in, because the hands that build do not destroy and teachers are known as small god who preach knowledge in any society. A house built on faulty foundation cannot stand.

Many things may go wrong between the state government and the teachers but the fact  still remains that education reform is a necessity that all need to embrace, as government, teachers, unionists, stakeholders, parents and other members of the society, qualitative and basic education is as important as the daily meal to any human.

Disappointing, when the NUT Chairman, Kaduna state chapter, Audu Amba was claimed to have said those failed teachers are his members and they have duty to protect them, the question that may come to mind is that, is Kaduna NUT happy with how their members failed an exam that was meant for primary four pupils in the state, or do they enjoy the song of failure people are singing for their members?

NUT should look beyond protecting members’ course but rather think of the children whose lives will be affected in the system. Unionists and teachers are also parents to some children; they should imagine what their notion will be if their wards are being thought by some set of teachers who could not only speak good English but also failed a primary four pupil examination in a larger number. Lord Lugard said if a tree is cut in the forest imagine what your reaction will be if such an act is done to you. A blind does not lead a blind.

Every state of the nation need to go back to the drawing board of education reform because we cannot continue politicizing the process of educational sector and want a better result. Making a reference to some states of the nation who take the lead in the education reform particularly at primary school level, Osun is one of those states who is in forefront for education reform per excellence.

Considering the quality of primary school teachers in Osun state one will have to commend the efforts of the government and the state Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for his kind hearted in making qualitative basic education a necessity for children in the state. Construction of ultra model schools with modern facilities for the pupil across the state in order to ensure a conducive learning environment.

What a comparison! There is a need for Kaduna NUT and umbrella body of workers – NLC to give a full support to Governor El-Rufai in his fresh campaign to revive the primary school education from unqualified teachers who could not pass the basic assessment of their pupil. If the teachers and the NUT failed to see any good in what the Governor is doing then they should realize that a blind does not lead a blind.

Using Education To Eradicate Poverty In Osun

By Inwalomhe Donald

The United Nations’ Global Multi-dimensional Poverty Index which ranked Osun State second richest state has three measurements and 10 indicators in evaluating Overall Poverty. Every measurement is similarly weighed; every indicator within a measurement is additionally weighed, and included. It uses 10 indicators to measure poverty in three dimensions: education, health and living standards. The UN Global Multi-dimensional poverty index published a report based on the poverty rate of Nigerian states and ranked Osun second richest state.

According to the Federal Bureau of Statistics, “quality and functional educations are panacea to poverty eradication”, hence Osun’s commitment to education through building of many elementary schools, middle schools and 11 high schools to equip children with skills to eradicate poverty.

Osun education under Governor Rauf Aregbesola has developed human capabilities in areas such as health, education, agriculture, finance, transportation, commerce and governance which are the indicators needed to eradicate poverty. Osun elementary, middle and high schools education empowered people to improve their social, cultural and economic status. Huge investment in education and skills acquired increased opportunities for economic growth and are therefore a key prerequisite for poverty eradication.

The priority that Aregbesola’s administration gives to the development of education in Osun has inspired many initiatives that have brought marked differences to the grooming of minds. The blueprint that emerged from the Education Summit the administration organised in the first year of its assumption of office had provided useful direction for its drive to reposition education in the state. From huge investments in instructional materials and teaching aids, crucial changes in curriculum, corrective restructuring of schools into Elementary, Middle, and High in conformity with international best practices in school management, to the construction of mega schools, the administration moves on to ensure that public schools in the state become virile emporium of sustainable capacity-building to eradicate poverty. In the last six years, remarkable successes have been recorded and rich lessons distilled from low points.

What exists in Osun in terms of educational infrastructure development is not symbolism, but substance in developing IT and other careers to eradicate poverty.

Educational system in Osun under the leadership of Aregbesola has introduced several innovations that are needed to eradicate poverty which have received accolades home and abroad. The massive construction of new schools, Osun School Feeding Programmes (OMEAL), introduction of Opon Imo amongst other innovations have not only placed Osun on the world map of educational development, it has prepared ground for a brighter future for the students of public schools in the state by eradicating poverty.  Governor Aregbesola had said that the education revolution was part of his administration’s resolve to build a new man in every child in the state, a decision which he said would help to sustain the future of the state and to a very large extent eradicate poverty.

Osun elementary, middle and high schools have made advances in science and technology that are changing Osun in the foreseeable future. Aregbesola has identified that you cannot fight poverty without education, and he is talking about public education because more than 90 per cent of the schooling population are in public schools. When you address the issues of public schools, you are addressing poverty. In the 300 wards in the state, many schools from each ward had benefitted from Osun intervention programme.

When Osun improved the standard of public schools, by implication, it will save not less than 50 per cent of what they spend in private schools and they will get better services. Osun needs good education anchored by good leadership. Without education you cannot have water engineers, electrical engineers, you cannot have profitable agricultural sector. Even without education, you cannot have good security system. It is when there is good education system that a well-secured environment can be guaranteed. The problem in the education sector is something that has been systemic. It is not something that started in the last eight years or so.

The role of education in poverty eradication, in close co-operation with other social sectors, is crucial. No country has succeeded if it has not educated the people therein. Not only is education important in reducing poverty, it is also a key to wealth creation. Within this context, one of the pledges of the Dakar Framework for Action – Education for All: Meeting our Collective Commitments – was “To promote EFA policies within a sustainable and well-integrated sector frame/work clearly linked to poverty elimination and development strategies”.

The role of education in this process is particularly one of the ways of achieving universal primary education and adult literacy. The report made by the Secretary-General of the United Nations within the context of the Decade for the Eradication of Poverty confirms that universal primary education is central to the fight against poverty. Understandably so, because this is the level of education through which most poor children pass and within which their achievements should assist them to break the cycle of poverty. In fact, education is the social institution that reaches the largest segment of the population with the goal of guiding it through a systematic learning process.

The state-of-the-art schools which were and currently being built are of the world standard with all the facilities required in the 21stcentury standard educational institute anywhere in the world all driven forwards poverty eradication. With the quality of the schools, no one would ever believe that such could be built in Nigeria.

Just as the government has invested hugely on the infrastructural development, it has also taken further steps through its investment in human capacity to gain competitive advantage with developed countries. Besides the frequent training and retraining of teachers, particularly at the elementary, middle and high schools, one other major project that has been seen to be beneficial to teaching and learning was the introduction of the popular Opon Imo (Computer Tablet of Knowledge) to equip Osun students with ICT skills to eradicate poverty.

The Aregbesola’s administration championed the inspiring innovations through the ground breaking project which is meant to make the optimum utilization of ICT and concisely tackle learning problems to eradicate poverty. The state, through its Opón Ìmò Technology Enhanced Learning System (OTELS), has developed a learning tool that could revolutionise learning in developing states around the world.

Achieving universal primary education is a key prerequisite for the successful eradication of poverty and hunger worldwide. Only guaranteed access to a full course of primary schooling ensures that individuals are able to fulfill their development potentials and participate in the globalisation process on an equal footing. Primary education also provides the knowledge that is required for the individual to benefit from further education in the secondary and tertiary sectors and vocational training.

The purpose of basic education is to encourage learning, facilitate the ongoing learning process, promote independent thought and be problem-solving. Besides literacy and numeracy, people must also acquire life skills, for example self-help skills to eradicate poverty. Studies by the World Bank show that just four years of education help people to increase the productivity of their agricultural small holdings. Basic education is the major prerequisite for developing a population’s creative and productive capacities. A well-trained workforce enhances the quality and quantity of a country’s labour productivity.

Ayedaade ES Warns Pupils To Protect Public Property

The Executive Secretary, Ayedaade Local Government Council area of the State of Osun, Mr. Bashir Oduwole has warned teachers as well as pupils to take proper care of government’s properties in their various schools.

He gave the warning during his visit to some public elementary schools in the Council Area recently.

The schools visited included Olufi Government Middle School, Gbongan; St. David’s Mega High School, Ode-Omu, and Baptist Middle School, Ode Omu; St. Michael’s Government Elementary School, Ode-Omu, and Muslim Middle School, Ode-Omu.

In a statement by the Information Officer of the Local Government, Mrs. Khadija Amusan, the monitoring exercise also afforded the ES the opportunity to call on parents to make good use of the Open Day to visit and assess their children performance in the school.

The council boss stressed that the Open Day is designated worldwide to afford parents the opportunity to ask questions about the attitude of their children or wards, behaviour and general comportment in school.

Oduwole commended Governor Rauf Aregbesola for the initiative and promises to ensure that the standard of education is elevated across all the local governments of the state.

The ES then appreciated the government of the state for the computer systems introduced into schools to aid pupils’ knowledge about Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

The Open Day adopted into the state’s curriculum by the government through the Ministry of Education is a window which allows all parents and guardians to visit schools during session to ascertain the level of performance and attendance of their children/wards in school.

The council boss was accompanied on the tour by his cabinet members which include, the Council Manager, Alhaji Yinus Akande; Head of Administration Department, Mr. Odebode Adesayo; Head of Finance Department, Mr. Afolabi Kehinde; Auditor, Alhaji Mustafa Mutair among others.

Nasir -Rufai And The Question Of Mediocrity, By Sonola Olumhense

I wholeheartedly applaud the decision of Kaduna State governor Nasir el-Rufai to fire nearly 22,000 of his teachers and replace them with tested ones.

The decision followed a process in which two of every three teachers could not pass a Primary Four competency test. On Twitter last Thursday, the governor published some of the atrocities produced by some of the teachers in the test.

Read some of those papers, Senator Shehu Sani (APC-Kaduna Central Constituency), and you should be ashamed. The senator rushed to the press, describing the firing plan as the “height of lunacy,” and as “a plot to employ political loyalists of the governor.”

According to the Senator, “(Governor El-Rufai) promised the people of the state that he will enroll his children in public school when he becomes governor, he has not only failed to do that but he is destroying the educational future of those who chose to send their wards to public school. Incompetence is not a reason but an excuse to sack thousands of teachers owed salaries for months.”

I subscribe fully to holding political office holders to account, and the senator has questions he should be asking the governor. But blackmail is not a question, it is a crime. And it is a particularly bad strategy for eliciting transparency.

The truth is that what El-Rufai is combating is not simply bad or unqualified teachers. It is the scourge of mediocrity in Nigeria, beginning with the public services. The scandalous examples of those teachers published by the governor last week to illustrate his determination to fire them underscore the scale of the problem.

I have chosen the word, scandalous, carefully. It is scandalous that anyone would have hired such “teachers” in the first place. Queried the governor, “Would you allow someone like this teach your child?”

It did not seem to matter to the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), which authorised the Nigeria Union of Teachers in Kaduna to organise a protest rally.

It is not surprising that there are some people and institutions, exemplified by Senator Sani and the NLC, who seem to believe that a teacher is a teacher. The extension of that argument is that it does not matter what quality of education a child gets.

It is a stupid argument, but not one that is difficult to understand: we have become a nation of poor values. But you simply cannot suggest that a child is entitled to unqualified teachers and claim to have faith in the future at the same time.

Governor El-Rufai has explained that the debris in teaching in Kaduna State was emptied into the system because teacher-recruitment became a victim of politics, with politicians, bureaucrats and local government officials finding it to be a dumping ground for a variety of unqualified persons. It is a story that other state governors should learn from.

“Teachers were employed at the local government level without adherence to standards,” he said last week. “In many instances, no examinations or interviews were conducted to assess the quality of recruits. Political patronage, nepotism and corruption became the yardstick, thus giving unqualified persons a way in. Teaching jobs were given as patronage to those connected to politicians and bureaucrats.”

It is the truth. The same explanation applies in the civil service, but it is in teaching that the greatest danger exists because the damage is replicated and multiplied with each damaged child.

Which leaves Governor El-Rufai’s basic question: “Would you allow someone (who does not know how to teach or what to teach ruin) your child?”

Now, would you? In effect, anyone who says the fired teachers should be allowed to keep their jobs answers that question in the affirmative. We summon cheap arguments and blackmail to disguise the point that you need a leader to make the difficult decisions.

Anyone can make the politically-convenient ones, but if the future is to be any better than the present, the difficult decisions, including eliminating thugs and semi-illiterates masquerading as trained and competent teachers, must be made.

But the challenge is far bigger: the situation in Kaduna over unqualified teachers is really the question of standards in Nigeria, and the prevalence of mediocrity in public service.

When presidents and governors, rather than seek the most qualified and motivated, choose party hacks, relatives and mistresses for critical appointments, ministers and commissioners and permanent secretaries and managing directors—as well as those hacks and relatives—do the same.

In turn, when ministers and commissioners and permanent secretaries and managing directors choose party hacks, relatives and mistresses over the most qualified and motivated, they use the same template to poison their offices. The job is either an award or a reward, and competence and accountability are not suggested, let alone demanded.

Everyone knows that this: the practice and persistence of poor and wrong appointments, is largely why Nigerian public institutions fail. Only last week, for instance, following a newspaper story that 81 of President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointments are from three northern states, the presidency responded with a 159-person submission it described as a ‘full list’ of all his appointments.

“To claim, suggest or attempt to insinuate that the President’s appointments are tilted in favour of a section of the country is simply untrue and certainly uncharitable,” said spokesman Femi Adesina.

But the presidency was wrong, a close examination of the list showing it to be littered with sundry errors and misrepresentation.

Questioned, Mr. Adesina said his “full list” was not “completely exhaustive,” there being appointments he had not reflected. “It’s just to show that the paper that published 100 and said 81 was from the North is not right. It was a mischievous story.”

Perhaps. But that would make the 159-person claim of a “full list” a fabrication. Nothing prevented the presidency from telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth in one intervention.

And official fabrications, including appointing unqualified teachers, have made Nigeria a joke for nearly 60 years and crumbled our institutions. Eighty-one or 200 persons of the most demonstrably qualified and committed, even if they are from the same local council area, will lead a nation to great heights.

In Nigeria, the international capital of hypocrisy, the job of such appointees is persistently to explain not how great things were accomplished, but why failure was the only option. For a living, they construct excuses rather than structures and institutions which elevate the people.

Think about it: preceding the presidency’s 159-person howler was its fugitive Abdulrasheed Maina reinstatement-with-promotion-and-four-year-back-pay scandal. That was preceded by the mess in the Ministry of Petroleum.

Think about it: only last week, the World Internal Security and Police Index, an initiative of the International Police Science Association and the Institute for Economics and Peace, announced its rankings of 127 of the world’s police forces. The Nigeria Police ranked the worst, at 127th.

Similarly, the World Health Organisation has ranked Nigerian roads among the world’s most dangerous for driving. And yes, unlike 2016 when we had only one airport listed among the world’s 10 worst, this year we have two!

A speech is not an achievement.

Osun Govt. Warns Parents Warned Against Child Labour During School Hours

The Commissioner for Education (State of Osun), Mr. Kola Omotunde-Young has called on parents and guardians especially in rural areas to desist from the habit of sending their children to markets and farms during school
hours.

He said parents who refuse to comply with the advice will be made to
face the full wrath of the law which includes imprisonment, as it is
an offence punishable under the law to deny students education.

The Commissioner stated this during a recent inspection visit to some
schools across the state in a bid to boost teaching and learning
activities.

He said absentee students will definitely not be aware of what is
taught in schools thereby leading to their poor academic performance.

The Education Commissioner also enjoined parents and guardians to
provide textbooks, notebooks and required learning materials to their
children in support of government’s efforts and as part of their
responsibilities to their wards.

He reminded parents and guardians of the need to see the education of
their children as onerous task which must be done in collaboration
with the government, stressing that their future can be guaranteed
through proper education of their children.

He noted that the quality of teaching and learning is judged by the
ability of pupils to read, write legibly and understand. He encouraged
teachers to do more and ensure that the children put under their care
can read, write well and understand. He said it is because of the
pupils that all who work in the Ministry of Education and schools are
engaged and that henceforth teachers and Education Administrators
shall be appraised based on the performance of their pupils and
students

The Commissioner also charged Principals and teachers of schools in
the state to ensure that teaching and learning take place in decent
and clean environments and stressed that the government of Ogbeni Rauf
Aregbesola is determined to lay a solid foundation for functional
education in Osun.

Some of the schools visited are St. Richards Elementary/Middle School,
Gbongan Olufi Government Middle School, Baptist Day Elementary and
Middle School, Mojapa, Gbongan.

Others are St. James Elementary and Middle School, Lagbaka, Gbongan
and Gbongan-Odeomu Unity High School.

Osun Govt. Warns Parents Against Child Labour During School Hours

The Commissioner for Education (State of Osun), Mr. Kola Omotunde-Young has called on parents and guardians especially in rural areas to desist from the habit of sending their children to markets and farms during school
hours.

He said parents who refuse to comply with the advice will be made to
face the full wrath of the law which includes imprisonment, as it is
an offence punishable under the law to deny students education.

The Commissioner stated this during a recent inspection visit to some
schools across the state in a bid to boost teaching and learning
activities.

He said absentee students will definitely not be aware of what is
taught in schools thereby leading to their poor academic performance.

The Education Commissioner also enjoined parents and guardians to
provide textbooks, notebooks and required learning materials to their
children in support of government’s efforts and as part of their
responsibilities to their wards.

He reminded parents and guardians of the need to see the education of
their children as onerous task which must be done in collaboration
with the government, stressing that their future can be guaranteed
through proper education of their children.

He noted that the quality of teaching and learning is judged by the
ability of pupils to read, write legibly and understand. He encouraged
teachers to do more and ensure that the children put under their care
can read, write well and understand. He said it is because of the
pupils that all who work in the Ministry of Education and schools are
engaged and that henceforth teachers and Education Administrators
shall be appraised based on the performance of their pupils and
students

The Commissioner also charged Principals and teachers of schools in
the state to ensure that teaching and learning take place in decent
and clean environments and stressed that the government of Ogbeni Rauf
Aregbesola is determined to lay a solid foundation for functional
education in Osun.

Some of the schools visited are St. Richards Elementary/Middle School,
Gbongan Olufi Government Middle School, Baptist Day Elementary and
Middle School, Mojapa, Gbongan.

Others are St. James Elementary and Middle School, Lagbaka, Gbongan
and Gbongan-Odeomu Unity High School.

Council Boss Tasks Pupils To Justify Aregbesola’s Investments In Education

Students have been admonished to work hard and pay adequate attention to their education to justify the huge investment of the present administration on basic education.

 

Executive Secretary Boripe North Local Council Development Area, (LCDA) Prince Bola Adejumo said this while inspecting public schools in the council area to mark the first Open Day Programme in Elementary and Middle Schools in the state of Osun. He commended the state Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for introducing the open day programme explaining that the introduction of open day for parents is to afford them the opportunity of accessing the performance of their children in school.

 

He urged the teachers to be more committed to teaching and to give the children adequate parental care by monitoring, caring and be friendly with them in the classroom. He promised to intensify efforts in the renovation of classrooms in some affected public schools in the council area.

 

Speaking during the inspection, Principal, African Church Middle School, Iree, Mrs. Agboola Kikelomo urged the parents to always be the best friend of their children saying “any parent who failed to cater for their children destroy their end time”.

 

Kikelomo who lamented prevalence of wearing tattered school uniform urged the parents to always strive hard to provide the basic needs of their children for better concentration.

 

Encomiums As Aregbesola Commissions Another N94m School In Ipetumodu

The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, on Tuesday added another feat to his administration’s achievements in the education sector with the commissioning of another Elementary school, St. Augustine’s Government Elementary School, Ipetumodu, in Ife North Local Government Area of the state.

The Elementary school at the cost of N94 million is a‎ quadrangular block of 12 rooms, 10 of which are used as classrooms, one is a computer centre while the last one is used as the library.

It also has a Headmaster’s office, a store, a power office and a conference room. It is complete with its own borehole, power transformer and a recreation and sporting centre.

Aregbesola at the commissioning held that the school among others are designed to be able to attract the best brains from their catchment areas, especially draw intake from public middle schools, where excellence is also the watchword.

He added that Osun elementary schools are neighbourhood schools where children out of infancy will have schools at their walking distance; within view of familiar neighbours.

According to the Governor, “Today marks another epoch in New Dawn of Education Infrastructure in the State of Osun. The last time we gathered for this purpose was on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, when we commissioned Ilesa Government High School, Ilesa.

“In the order of our new elementary schools, the most recent was the commissioning of the AUD Government Elementary School, Sabo Osogbo, on November 29, 2016. ‎

“On March 21 this year, our trains moved around simultaneously, to celebrate the official opening and commencement of learning activities at four newly-built government high schools; namely: Ataoja Government High School, Osogbo; Osogbo Government High School, Osogbo; Wole Soyinka Government High School, Ejigbo; and Adventist Government High School, Ede.

“These schools were the first set of completed high school infrastructure embarked upon by our administration and have since been put to use by end-users, the students and their teachers”.

Aregbesola added that beyond new buildings, he has carried out renovations on 40 other schools which gives 1,694 standard classrooms in the existing elementary, middle and high schools, noting that they will accommodate nearly 90,000 pupils.

He also held that his administration has provided more than 100,000 desks and chairs, toilets and boreholes and made schools decent places to be.

Earlier in his remarks, the Apetumodu of Ipetumodu, Oba ‎James Adedokun Adegoke described Governor Rauf Aregbesola as a true democrat whose position as Governor has heralded unprecedented development in the state.

 

Oba Adegoke said the present administration has given due recognition to the development of the state particularly Ipetumodu, stressing that the ancient town has witnessed uncommon transformation.

According to the traditional ruler, the present administration has truly defined what government, governance and leadership are all about as this could be attested to by the developments witnessed so far.

“Since the creation of Osun, no government has kept to its electioneering campaign promises as being done by the present administration.

“We have seen true “Omoluabi”‎ ethos in all Aregbesola has done particularly in his commitment to promises made to the people of the state.‎

“This government has done so much for us and we really appreciate it because no government has ever been conscious of development as this government has demonstrated”, Oba Adegoke emphasised.‎

In his welcome address, the Commissioner for Education, Mr Wasiu Kolawole Omotunde-Young commended Governor Aregbesola for being committed to fight against educational decadence.

He said the present administration has not only given education a deserved attention but always making it the true bedrock of development.‎

The state education commissioner further explained that the school is designed as part of efforts to eradicate decadence in the education sector.

“This state-of-the-art government elementary school is designed and constructed to be a first class school aimed to eradicate decadence in the education sector.

“Our government has commissioned many of this school and we will still commission more as we are committed to the quality and functional education in the state”. He stressed.‎

In his remarks, the Chairman House Committee on Education in the State House of Assembly, Hon. Folorunso bamisayemi lauded Governor Aregbesola for his giant strides in all sectors of the economy particularly in the education sector.

Hon. Bamisayemi said the entire members of the state House of Assembly are proud to have Governor Aregbesola as his administration has brought all round development to the state.

The Chairman House Committee on Education expressed confidence in the present administration saying the House is proud that Governor Aregbesola judiciously utilized the loans which the House approved.

According to him, the administration of Governor Aregbesola has brought so much development to the state in terms of infrastructure, particularly of roads and schools.

“Aregbesola has shown high sense of prudency and transparency in the management of the state’s resources particularly on the money which the state borrowed.

“To us as legislators, we strongly believed that if the state did not borrow at the time it borrowed, many of these projects would have been impossible now, considering the exchange rate.

“As at the time we approved the loan, the exchange rate of naira to dollar was about, 150 dollar to 170 dollar but today exchange rate is about 350 dollar to 400 dollar, telling us that the state might not be able to either borrow at all or do as much as it did. With the benefit of hindsight, the loan has paid for itself”, he added.

Aregbesola Appoints Famoriyo As Tutor-General for Osun Central

The Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has approved
the appointment of Mr. Anthony Okunola Famoriyo as the new Permanent Secretary/ Tutor-General of Osun Central Education District.

Until his appointment, Famoriya was the the Principal, Saint Charles High School, Osogbo.

With this appointment, Aregbesola replaces the incumbent, Mr. Bunmi Obisesan who is due to retire from the public service in less than two weeks- November 14, 2017.

In a press release by the Head of Service, Dr. Festus Olowogboyega Oyebade, the new Tutor-General was selected owing to his experience and dedication to work, in addition to his good performance during the written and oral selection processes earlier carried out.

Ayedire Council Boss Assures Commitment On Education

The Executive Secretary, Ayedire Local Government, Otunba Mukaila Oladejo has assured students and teachers of the Local Government that his administration would continue to improve the standard of education.

He gave the assurance during a one-day seminar organized by CATO Food And Agro Allied Global Concept for female school students, in collaboration with the local government recently, saying, adequate attention to education sector would guarantee a better future.

Stressing the need for students to also be focused and committed to their education, he said this is the only way the commitment of the government both at the local government and state level could have the desired effect.

The council boss noted that the students should see themselves as the foundation on which the development of any county can be built upon.

He specifically charged female students not to see themselves as inferior to their male counterpart, saying, once they are empowered, they have the capacity to contribute meaningfully to the development of the society.

The representative of the CATO Food And Agro Allied Global Concept, Mr Pelumi Aribisala said, “building female children, is building the nation”, saying the capacity building would bridge the gap between male and female children.

Assuring that the organizer was determined to ensuring the follow up after the seminar, he said there is the need for monitoring to ensure that the purpose of the capacity building is served.

In attendance were members of the council Caretaker Management Committee, Ajayi Olusola, Adeleke Kabirat; Council Manager, Alhaji Akinyemi M A, among others.

Osun to Establish Volunteer Teaching Scheme

Dr. Olowogboyega Oyebade, the State Head of Service for Education has disclosed that a volunteer teaching Scheme aimed at galvanizing well-meaning individuals to spare their time in teaching High School students in the State of Osun is in the pipeline.

While addressing principals and teachers of A.D.S High School, Ejigbo and Baptist Middle/ High School, Ara, Dr. Olowogboyega Oyebade explained that the scheme, which would be driven by the Quality Assurance Agency, will need volunteer teachers in English Language, Mathematics, Core Sciences, including Further Mathematics and Agricultural Science.

He therefore charged all principals of schools to identify and seek the assurance of well meaning qualified individuals within their communities to help in lifting the standard of education.

He also advised all examiners of WAEC AND NECO among the teachers to share their marking guides with young teachers to assist them in teaching in line with requisite examiners’ requirements.

The volunteer teachers on the mission to Ejigbo and Ara in Egbedore Local Government area of the State include the State ANCOPPS President, Mr. Dahunsi Osundina who taught Biology, Mr. Leye Aina, the
Human Resources and Capacity Building Permanent Secretary, who took Geography and the Tutor- General for Osun East Education District, Mr. Adelani Aderinola who taught Physics.

Others in the entourage of the Head of Service include the Tutor- General, Osun West Education District, Mrs Grace Ajiboye, who taught English Language, The Coordinating Director, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mrs Femi Webster- Esho, a Director in the Governor’s Office, Mr. Bayo Ojo and the Director, Senior Management Services in the Public Service office, Mr. Akintola were also in the team
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