As part of efforts aimed at addressing the deplorable condition of education, the Ogun State Governernment will Friday hold a stakeholders’ meeting in Abeokuta, the State capital to finding lasting solutions to the problem.
A statement by Kunle Somorin, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Dapo Abiodun said
“The state of education in the State was worrisome and needed urgent attention.
“We have been regaled with stories of unpaid salaries, poor funding, unremitted deductions, moribund projects, controversial campus relocations, hasty appointments, strikes etc. Confidence has been eroded, unless we act quickly, education which is already in serious trouble will get worse. We cannot afford to have our education, which should be the bedrock of all our development activities, our topmost industry- be in such a state”, he said.
Governor Abiodun noted that the State has the largest number of public and private universities, and is what Boston is to the United States of America lamenting
however that his legacy was being gradually eroded with the declining standards of education system in the state and uninspiring performances of the products in national and internationally moderated examinations.
He said restoring the glory of the State education system requires an urgent, comprehensive and perhaps, a disruptive approach. That is why we have declared a State of Emergency.
The Education Stakeholders Summit will bring all experts and relevant stakeholders to discuss and proffer solutions to the deplorable state of education in the State from Early Child Education (ECE), to primary, secondary, tertiary as well as technical and vocational training schools.
The Governor said visitation panels that were set up to select tertiary institutions for fact-finding missions and to proffer practical solutions to the lingering problems experienced in many of these institutions have since submitted their reports and “we are implementing the recommendations”.
During his inauguration as Governor, Abiodun had promised to ” establish Centers of Excellence in our educational institutions that will be driven by our ICT initiatives, which will contribute significantly to research, learning and innovation through review of curriculum, provision of broadband connectivity and strategic alliances with other local and foreign institutions of repute.”
He also vowed to “ensure that our schools are conducive for learning through provision of adequate infrastructure and facilities”, he said.
The Governor said his administration would embark on a massive capacity building programmes for our teachers to enable them upgrade their skills and qualifications in order to prepare them adequately for their unique role of imparting knowledge into the children.
He said further said “a monitoring and performance management systems would be put in place to ensure that all the interventions bear good results.”