By Ismail Kolapo
The education re-classification policy of Governor Rauf Aregbesola has eradicated cult activities and hooliganism from its Elementary, Middle and High schools in the state of Osun.
In a statement by the Commissioner for Education, Mr Kola Omotunde-Young, the state government said the policy which has since delivered 9 world class high schools each with capacity for 3000 students and another 2 of these are to be delivered in two months.
These schools are state of the art and provide secure environments for learning. In addition 25 world class middle Schools and 22 world class Elementary schools have been delivered.
The education policy according to the commissioner has contributed in a great deal to the moral behaviour of the students in the Osogbo.
It stated that “The Government of the State of Osun has been acknowledged and commended locally and by international agencies for its success at undertaking substantial reform of the school system, with new world class school infrastructure, decentralisation of management through creation of Senatorial Districts headed by Tutor Generals/PSs, and strict quality enforcement and reorientation of students through the newly established Osun Education Quality Assurance and Morality Enforcement Agency.”
Omotunde-Young also said there was no record of any complaint from member of the National Youth Service Corp, NYSC from Osogbo High School in 2017 owing to reports of alleged attack by some cultists who are students.
The ministry restated that there has never been any report of Osun students attacking any Corps Member.
The commissioner stated that “The said school was besieged sometime in 2017 by hoodlums who found accommodation in some abandoned buildings around the premises adjoining the school at the back. This was the old Osogbo High School with porous and broken down fence at its far end at the back.”
“The state government had reported the presence of the thugs and their activities to the State Security Service and the police, both of who responded commendably and restored order through arrests, prosecution and surveillance since 2017.”
“The NYSC Directorate has had a good relationship with the government and enjoyed patronage from Government variously through the Ministry of Empowerment and Youth Engagement and the ministry of Education. There is no record of any official complaint or withdrawal of corps members from any school from the NYSC Directorate before now.”
“It is unfortunate and questionable that disturbance by hoodlums that happened several months ago in 2017 which was appropriately dealt with and for which no information was officially lodged by NYSC ( with the appropriate ministries ) that any corps members was ever endangered could be a subject of complaint and media syndication in March 2018.”
“The school in question has adequate number of full time Teachers for its students and N-Power volunteer teachers who have continued to do their work without hindrance or danger. The school has therefore, not made requests for NYSC Corps member or been turned down.”
He said government will continue to support NYSC as it is doing in its more than 1000 schools and assures the NYSC and all cadets of the government’s commitment to their best interest.