By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Chairman of Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Oyo SUBEB, Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran on Friday asked the National Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN) and other stakeholders in the education sector to join Oyo state government in improving teaching and learning at the basic education level in the State.
Receiving members of NAPTAN at the Oyo SUBEB Board’s headquarters in Ibadan.Dr. Nureni Adeniran stressed that the present administration in the state has many plans for its primary schools hence the need for the collaboration of other major stakeholders particularly NAPTAN
Dr Adeniran while describing NAPTAN as an integral part of the transformation process in the basic education sector of Oyo State, pointed out that their influence would amplify government’s policies and programmes in the basic education sector to its members.
” Oyo State Government has many plans for our primary schools. In this State, basic education has been declared free, compulsory and assessible for all pupils within primary school age by Governor Seyi Makinde . Yes, parents and teachers association in schools may decide to contribute to the development of education in our schools, Government does not frown at it. But Government severely frowns at anyone hindering our children from learning, because he or she cannot meet up with any fees”,he said
Dr Adeniran added, ” we also have plans to digitise teaching and learning in our schools and as the number of pupils’ population increases, we solicit supports of interest groups like NAPTAN”.
Speaking further, the Oyo SUBEB Chairman, solicited for collaborative ways of improving basic education in the State, adding that the government ” is set to work hand-in-hand with the Association to ensure an all-inclusive administration in public schools.”
Dr Adeniran also hinted of the Oyo state government’s plans to leave the basic education sector better than it met the system, adding that the ” state government is committed to its zero tuition/fees policy. “
Tasking the Parents and teachers under the aegis of NANTAP to emulate Alumni Associations by contributing to the development of schools in the State, Dr Adeniran reiterated that under no circumstance should a pupil or parent be mandated to contribute any amount.
Speaking, leader of the delegation, Mr. Oyawale Isaac Adebayo asserted that NAPTAN is ready to collaborate with Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, in ensuring maximum security is obtained in primary schools across the State.
Mr Adebayo then sought permission of the Board to have a day seminar for Parents and teachers in Oyp State on their responsibilities towards children, adding that the Association will ensure members do not compromise standards set by Oyo SUBEB under any circumstance.