By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Government is to close down all mushroom private schools endangering quality in the education sector in the state.
The Chairman Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran, during an inspection of schools in Ibadan to monitor the schools resumption for the new academic session .
Dr Adeniran disclosed that in ensuring this, a taskforce would be set up in earnest to address the menace and that the task force, would be spearheaded by the Oyo State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, in collaboration with Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board.
“Looking at the influx of new intakes in public schools today, being the first day of resumption, it is apparent that Governor Seyi Makinde’s free-education policy is yielding good fruits in the State.It is highly important that those private primary and secondary schools be put under searchlight to know those operating without government approval and monitoring. We will henceforth close such schools found within the State,” he said.
According to the SUBEB Chairman , the ” Task-force would close down all mushroom private schools endangering quality in the education sector in the State.”
Dr. Adeniran then charged parents and Guardians to enrol their children and wards in Public schools, noting that the free education policy by Governor Seyi Makinde was already yielding positive results in schools in the 2019 academic session.
Expressing Oyo state Government’s readiness to place public schools as favourable competitors with Private schools, Dr Adeniran said the Government was working assiduously on provision of basic amenities needed by both teachers and students across the State, urging that the Governor-Seyi-Makinde- led administration demands maximum cooperation from all stakeholders in the sector, while the Government would commit every necessary resource in achieving quality education in the State.
The SUBEB Chairman and his team visited include, People’s Primary School, Adeoyo, St. Williams School, Oke-Ado, AUD School, Foko, Islamic Primary School, Bode; St. David Primary School, Kudeti, I.M.G Primary Schools, Orita-Aperin and Ode-Aje, Ikolaba Community Primary School;,Methodist Primary School, Bodija, and Methodist Primary School, Mokola..