By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo state Commissioner for Education, Professor Daud Shangodoyin on Tuesday hinted that the state government is to refund the N28million paid by parents for the entrance forms into Secondary schools and Technical colleges in the state early this year under the administration of Ex Governor Abiola Ajimobi.
Speaking with journalists after the Oyo state Executive Council meeting , the Commissioner said the present administration in the state is also set to distribute text books , exercise books and other educational materials to pupils and students in public schools across the state
Professor Sangodoyin pointed out that the refund of the N28million to parents who have paid for entrance forms for secondary schools and Technical colleges in the state, before Governor Makinde cancelled such payments would kick off soon.
The Commissioner while announcing that pupils and students of public schools in the state would resume on Monday, September 16, stressed that ahead of the resumption, the Ministry would ensure the distribution of the textbooks, exercise books and other education materials to all public schools as from Wednesday, 11th September.
Professor Sangodoyin disclosed that the state Ministry of Education would hold the symbolic distribution of textbooks and exercise books on 13 subjects as well as a compendium of past questions and answers to students and that the distribution would commence at the Bishop Philips Academy, Iwo Road, Ibadan and in Igboho for Oke-Ogun zone.
The Commissioner said the compendium would be distributed to students of private and public schools, and that the customised exercise books were started and completed by the Makinde government.
Speaking further, Professor Shangodoyin stated that the government would provide the running cost to schools upon resumption, while it would also begin to return N28 million to parents who have paid for entrance forms for secondary schools and Technical colleges in the state, just before Governor Makinde cancelled such payments.
“We are taking stock of the teachers that we have. We have the mainstream teachers, the seconded teachers, the NPower, NYSC and PTA teachers, so we are in stock-taking to know how many teachers. We also want to know the distribution on the subjects. We also want to start off the extra-mural classes for SS3 students between Tuesday and Thursdays and weekends for them to be able to man the content of the syllabus. These are the plans we have for when school resumes on the 16th of September.” he said
Professor Sangodoyin declared that the State Ministry of Education had made changes on the website of the Ministry, including the introduction help lines that citizens could call to contact the Ministry on developments that need urgent attention, and that there were plans that will allow private schools use the Ministry’s resources through the website.
He pointed out that the Ministry would sensitise principals and school managers on the policies of the Government so that they would key into the education development plans of the Government, while it would also meet with heads of tertiary institutions in the state.