Worried by the spate of ‘out of school children’, Ogun State Government has inaugurated a stakeholders’ Committee on School Enrollment Drive, to get more children into schools.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Committee at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the Special Adviser to the Ogun State Governor on Primary and Secondary Education, Mrs. Ronke Soyombo, said government was determined to ensure that children roaming the streets have access to quality education, as it had expended huge funds on rehabilitation and renovation of schools across the State.
Mrs. Soyombo hinted that State government, in conjunction with the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Abuja, was planning an advocacy to the nooks and crannies of the State towards driving more enrollment in public primary schools, as all stakeholders, including; School-Based Management Committees, Parents Teachers’ Associations, Civil Societies and the media would be mobilised to elicit parental consents of out of school children.
She reiterated the State Government’s commitment to ensuring an inclusive and quality education for all and was working in line with the United Nations’ goal of ending poverty through education, saying Ogun was among the first to launch virtual learning both on television and radio in the country in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic and achieved 95 percent compliance in its safety guidelines for effective learning in schools.
The Special Adviser said over-crowding in schools had been addressed through construction of new structures, in partnership with UBEC, while 20 e-learning Libraries were underway across the 20 Local Government Areas of the State.
On her part, the Universal Basic Education Commission representative, Mrs. Osas Kingsley-Odia, who commended the State for its commitment to the enrollment drive initiative, highlighted some challenges in enrollment of school age children to include; economic, unapproved charges, inadequate teachers, among others, calling on all stakeholders to support government in ensuring qualitative primary education for all school age children.