Ogun State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu has mandated principals of all the 42 flagship schools in the State to ensure the implementation of 60 students per class policy of the State government for better productivity.
Prof. Arigbabu noted that flagship secondary schools were the selected ones by Prince Dapo Abiodun-led administration to serve as beacons or models for others with manageable size of not more than 60 learners to a teacher, saying the aim was to further promote quality and ensure standard.
Arigbabu made this known in Abeokuta during the Strategic Meeting with the Zonal Education Officers (ZEOs), Principals and School Portals Administrators (SPAs) of the 42 flagship schools, warning that actions against the policy would attract severe punishment.
“If our flagship schools are going to be in the standard that we want them to be, we must control population, if I had my way, we even wanted 40 per class not 60”, Arigbabu said.
He enjoined principals to develop themselves technologically, in order to be relevant with 21st century teaching and administrative techniques, adding that they have mandate to supervise and be cautious of performance in their schools.
Speaking on behalf of the principals, the State President, All Nigerian Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), Dr. Olubunmi Womiloju commended the government for taking good care of it’s work force, pledging the Support of the principals in helping government to continue achieve its policy.