By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Olasumkanmi Olaleye on Friday tasked private school proprietors in the state to join government in raising the standard of education in the state.
The Commissioner said this while speaking during a courtesy visit to his office by the Oyo state chapter of Association of Private School Owners of Nigeria (APSON) and League of Muslim School Owners.
Barrister Olaleye stated that this will go a long way in ensuring that the state’s ranking of achievement and external examinations performance becomes the best adding that open standard rating of each school will soon be carried out by the state government.
“I want to appeal to you to join us raise the standard of education in Oyo state and to ensure that our ranking of achievement and external examinations performance becomes the best,”he said.
The Commissioner pointed out that there is the need for schools in the state to endeavor to partner with the government in its commitment to qualitative education by achieving the 5 point standard rate with structural, academic and welfare of students and staffers in their schools.
“You have to struggle to be the standard we want you to be because there will be criteria for you to attain a particular standard, I am sure all of you aspire to get to the 5 points.This one will come very soon and not only that we will just do it, it will be there on our website and it will be there in front of your school, we will put it there that this school is rated 3, this school is rated 2, this school is rated 5”.
Barrister Olaleye added, “and the rating can come down as well, the fact that you are 5 today does not mean next year if you fall in standard and you fall in quality and other criteria you won’t come down so, this one is coming very soon.”
Oyo state Chairman of Association of Private School Owners of Nigeria (APSON) Otunba Bayo Ojo, in his remarks commended the state government for its giant strides and huge commitment to the development of education.
Expressing the association readiness to partner the Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration in promoting its education agenda, Otunba Ojo lauded the state for being the first State in Nigeria to have successfully participated in writing the Better Education Service Delivery (BESDA) examination in Nigeria.
Otunba Ojo stressed that the association recognised the rapid growth and development in the education sector in the state despite the huge set back occasioned by the novel COVID-19 pandemic.
While acknowledging the bravery of the state government for taking further step in the midst of the pandemic to specially train teachers in preparation for school reopening which he described as ‘training the trainers’, Otunba Ojo expressed gratitude to the state government for bringing private schools into limelight through its policies and programs.
“We recognize the rapid growth and development in education sector in Oyo state despite the fact that the COVID-19 issue has brought a lot of problem even at the national level.But sir, in the midst of COVID-19 you proceeded being a brave man, to put us through the proper training of retraining the trainers regardless of COVID-19, we appreciate your efforts and the efforts of the Oyo State government for helping us and to bringing private schools into limelight because when you distributed the compendium we were well remembered and this is a classic recognition for us”.
He stressed, “within a period of reasonable short time you have contributed to education history not only in Oyo State but in Nigeria that the coming generation will start to regard imperishable. We know that you are putting in all your efforts to make sure that you make things right in Oyo state, this may not be completed if I fail to appreciate the team you have put together, these are the people with the right competence, ability and skills to run the education sector in Oyo state.”
He however expressed his association’s expectation to also benefit full dividend of democracy stressing that government should extend similar motivation given to pupils to teachers and school owners.