“Aregbesola’s Education Policy Has Eradicated Cultists, Hooligans In Public Schools”

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.

Osun Govt Calls For Effective Record Keeping In Public Schools

Record keeping is an important management tool which guarantees accuracy, reliability, credibility and widely acceptable data which can be used for proper monitoring of the progress of school activities.

The Commissioner for Education, Mr. Kola Omotunde-Young made this statement while declaring open a two-day training workshop on record keeping in schools organized by UNICEF in collaboration with the state of Osun at SUBEB Hall in Osogbo.

Mr. Omotunde-Young reiterated that, the administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola since its assumption of office seven years ago, has taken a giant stride to reconstruct and restructure the education sector as well as promoting functional education at all levels in the State.

He therefore implored all participants at the training workshop to pay serious attention in order to grasp the important notes that will help them to effect positive attitudes to record keeping so as to pass the knowledge acquired to other teachers at their various schools.

In a welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. Festus Olajide thanked the UNICEF and state Government of Osun for bringing up such a laudable training workshop for proper record keeping, noting that planning without accurate data is like planning without facts.

He explained further that the articulation of relevant policy, plan and implementation of same at Elementary/ Middle School levels can be well captured through accurate data and record keeping.

Mr. Olajide added that, the training is part of the education reform in Osun on capacity building while asking the participants to make judicious use of the knowledge acquired in the training workshop for educational development of the state.

In their separate remarks, the Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, Ministry of Education, Mrs Titilayo Amaoo and Head of the UNICEF team Officers, Mr. Saka Ibraheem thanked the state Government of Osun for creating an enabling environment for the workshop.

They commended the educational infrastructure put in place on human and material resources while promising that, the synergy between the state and UNICEF Organization will continue to yield positive results on educational development in the state.

Highlight of the event was the declaration of the training workshop open by the Commissioner for Education which was witnessed by Directors, Education Officers and teachers.

Osun Schools To Start First Term Vacation On Monday

Elementary, Middle and High Schools across the state will start their vacation from Monday (18th December, 2017) after a rewarding first term of the 2017/2018 academic session.

This is contained in a statement issued out by the Commissioner for Education, Mr. Kola Omotunde-Young.

In the statement, the Commissioner advised parents and guardians to take good care of their children/wards during the holidays and avoid sending them on errands that will endanger the lives of the children.

He stressed further that parents should encourage their children to have fun and engage in games, plays and activities that are intellectually stimulating and improve their psycho motor skills since these help in their growth and development as future leaders.

According to the statement, schools will resume classes on Monday (8thJanuary, 2018) without delays, hence parents should prepare their wards to be psychologically and emotionally ready for effective learning.

The Commissioner for Education wishes the students, parents, teachers and all stakeholders in education, compliments of the season and the very best for the new year 2018.

Osun Students Protest Alleged “Hike” In Tuition Fees

Students from different state-owned tertiary institutions in the State of Osun today protested hike in their tuition fees.

The students who in their numbers were involved in the protest marched through the popular Olaiya Junction before heading to the Bola Ige House of the State Secretariat, Abere where they met with government officials.

However, two of the students sustained injuries while battling with security agents who used teargas when it was discovered that the students were going violent.

The students comprising those of the State Colleges of Education in Ila Orangun and Ilesa alongside those of the Osun State College of Technology, Esa Oke, The State Polytechnic, Iree and the Osun State University bemoaned the recent hike in their school fees by authorities.

One of the leaders of the protesting students, Muftau Saheed told journalists that “We are protesting because the state government increased our school fees and imposed several levies on us. This includes resource fee, computer fee, registration fee and examination fee. We will not agree with that payment structure, our fees has risen from N25,000 to N75,000 as a result of this exorbitant fee.”

He decried the situation calling on government to reverse the fees to status quo.

The State Commissioner For Education, Mr Kola Young and the Special Adviser to Governor Rauf Aregbesola on Tertiary Education and Bursary,  Prof Grace Akinola addressed the protesters.

Prof Akinola told the aggrieved students that the school fees was not hiked and that other fees brought up are optional and students could choose not to pay.

“The other fees are not compulsory and you can decide not to pay, your school fees still remain the same and has not been increased. The ICT, Resource fees, Registration fee could be jettisoned, but you may not graduate without paying them.”

The protesters however left for the State Hospital, Asubiaro, Osogbo to treat their injured colleagues threatening to return next Monday if their grievances were not addressed.

The State Government has however denied putting up any hike in the tuition fees of its Higher Institutions.

A release by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Adelani Baderinwa stated that “As at today, the tuition fees of Osun State Polytechnic, Iree and the College of Technology, Esa-Oke remain N25, 000 while that of Osun state College of Education, Ilesa and Ila-Orangun is still N20, 000.”

“It is pertinent to remind the people that the Aregbesola government, at its inception and without being persuaded in 2011 reduced the tuition fees of all the state-owned tertiary institutions from N45, 000 to N25, 000. Since the reduction in 2011, the government has not put a penny on the tuition fees.”


Osun Commissioner Make Case for Yoruba Language As Teaching Tool In Schools

The Osun State Commissioner for Education, Mr. Kola Omotunde-Young has called for the use of mother tongue (Yoruba language) for teaching in schools across the state.

Mr. Kola Omotunde-Young urged the teachers to use the Yoruba language to teach and use locally available examples and concepts for illustration in order to achieve effective understanding of the subjects by the pupils and students.

He stated this while inspecting some schools across the State, maintaining that Yoruba should be used as the first language and English as second language in teaching.

The Commissioner called on teachers and parents in the State to support the functional education drive of Governor Rauf Aregbesola by showing commitment to teaching and giving the children adequate
parental care.

According to Mr. Omotunde-Young, for the efforts of Aregbesola’s administration at improving education in the state to yield positive results, parents and teachers need to see themselves as major
stakeholders in the drive.

Mr. Omotunde-Young urged parents, guardians and society to pay more attention to the educational development of the children.

The Commissioner maintained that, parents must specifically ensure that every child enjoys good parenting as a right and not a privilege and given the children moral education to complement what they are
being taught in schools.

He urged the teachers to ensure effective teaching and mentoring, appealing to them to make classrooms friendly and learner-centred so that, the standard of education in the state can improve.

The Commissioner urged teachers and school authorities to always maintain clean environment, noting that it will reflect in the overall behaviour of the students.

Mr. Omotunde-Young appealed to parents and guardians to provide for the academic needs of their children, lamenting that many parents sent their children to schools to resume the new term in tattered dresses.

Osun Govt To Develop More Initiatives For Osun Education Development

By Gbenga Adeniyi

Managements of the State of Osun Ministry of Education and the State Universal Education Board (SUBEB) have reiterated the commitment of Governor Rauf Aregbesola administration to continue to develop strategies, including the review of curriculum, towards improving on the education system in the state.

Commissioner for Education, Mr Kola Omotunde-Young and the Chairman, Osun SUBEB, Prince Felix Awofisayo gave the commitment at a joint meeting with officials of SUBEB in Osogbo on Tuesday.

The duo said that though, the government had invested huge resources on the education sector, but it would continue to come up with new ideas to offer the best and build students that are empowered to compete with their peers anywhere in the world.

He said, though it has become difficult for critics to fairly fault the investment of the government on the education system, this has placed a huge challenge on the government on how to improve on the existing standard.

According to him, the government is working seriously toward taking education beyond knowledge transfer, to character-building, critical and creative thinking, productivity and problem-solving.

“What this government is working on is to take it from teaching the child what to know, to helping the child to know how to think”, he said.

Omotunde-Young insisted that that government would look into everything that needed to be look into including curriculum for the development of the education sector.

Awofisayo on his own said the administration of Aregbesola has shown commitment to the development of education, particularly at the basic level.

According to him, the commitment of the government towards prompt payment of its counterpart fund towards FGN/UBEC/SUBEB projects has assisted the board to record huge success in the education sector.

Also speaking, the SUBEB Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Fatai Kolawole said the Ministry of Education should look at the direction of putting in place curriculum that would consolidate the investment of the government in the education system.