School Governing Boards Will Reinforce Our Achievements In Education Sector – Gov Makinde


*inaugurates boards for 643 Oyo schools

By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

Governor ‘Seyi Makinde on Monday hinted that the inauguration of School Governing Boards, (SGBs)  for the 643 secondary schools in Oyo state will help reinforce his administration’s achievements in the education sector.
Speaking at the inauguration of Chairmen and members of the SGBs for the 643 state-owned secondary schools, the governor said all the policies introduced by his government in the education sector have been yielding positive results.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun, the governor  disclosed that the policies of his administration have also brought about the qualitative and sound education system currently being witnessed in the state.
Governor Makinde maintained that such policies have led to improved access to quality education as evident in the drastic reduction in the number of out of school children and enrolment explosion in public schools as well as improvement in learning outcomes, among others.
According to the governor, ” the government is embarking on the inauguration of the SGB as a broad-based participatory management structure in the schools, said that the SGB structure is a means of attracting alternative funding sources for education in the state.
” It is a great honour to stand here before you today as we inaugurate the distinguished members of the Oyo State Schools Governing Boards for all the 643 secondary schools in our dear Pacesetter State.You will recall that at the inception of this administration in 2019, we expressed our desire not only to improve the quality of education available in the state, but also to make it easily accessible to all, irrespective of social background”, he said 
Governor Makinde added, “we also made it known that we shall require and encourage greater involvement of willing and interested public and private sector stakeholders in the joint management of our schools”. 
The governor stated further that the SGBs would also be a means of ensuring prudence and transparency in the utilisation of available resources for maximum impact, saying, ” I am happy to inform you that all policies we have instituted to improve access to quality education have been yielding great dividends”. 
“How else shall we interpret enrolment explosion in our public schools and improved learning outcomes than that confidence is gradually being restored in public education.To reinforce the benefits of our reform policies, there is the need to ensure that the management of our public schools is sufficiently conditioned to administer the delivery of even more accessible quality education for the development of the state. This is why today we are here inaugurating a broad-based participatory management structure.”

According to Makinde, the administration has been presiding over a focused, prudent and responsible management of resources for the benefits of Oyo State people, hence the institution of the SGB is another quest to further reinforce  the achievements already recorded by the administration in the education sector.
Stressing that all sectors in the state, including infrastructure, health, security and sport developments have benefited immensely from his administration’s prudent management of resources, he tasked members of the School Governing Boards to see their appointments as a call to service, urging them to see the assignment as a way of giving back to the community that made them and an avenue to contribute their quota to the development of Oyo State.
Oyo State  Commissioner for Education, Barrister Abdulrahman Abdulraheem, listed some of the achievements of the administration in the education sector, including the procurement of furniture for students, appointment of 5,000 teachers and 700 education officers, purchase of science equipment.


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