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EDUCATION : Re – Oyo’s N3,000 School fees debacle | By Mutalubi Ojo Adebayo

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I have painstakingly read Dr. Festus Adedayo’s piece under reference and my learned colleague, Aare Isiaka Abiola Olagunju’s rejoinder to same.

On this, I stand and align with Dr. Adedayo.
A careful and thorough reading of Dr. Adedayo’s article in question would reveal that it was a very balanced one and had seriously considered and dealt with fairly all the fears and issues raised by Aare Olagunju, that one would even be worried whether there is any need for that rejoinder as it seems to be unwarranted and merely whipping up mere sentiments and emotions.

I am a product of the free education programme introduced by the UPN led government in Oyo State.

May the good Lord continue to grant our Mentor, Benefactor and Role Model, Uncle Bola Ige eternal rest. He and the other UPN Governors meant well for the children of the poor ( including my humble self) , but the policy was poorly executed and I will use my own school, Urban Day Grammar School, Elekuro, Ibadan, Oyo State of Nigeria as a case study.

The school, UDGS, Elekuro, Ibadan was founded in 1980 and we were the pioneer students. That year we were all offered automatic admission into the school like all other schools as the UPN government cancelled the common entrance examinations into secondary schools across the state. Admission was thus an all,-comers affairs which was the basis of the weak foundational structure of that policy. Promotion exams were also almost automatic until General Oladayo Popoola who became the Military Governor in 1984 reversed that ugly trend. May the good Lord continue to bless that fine officer and a Gentleman who is still alive.

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Biola, in UDGS Elekuro, beside our School Principal, Mr. Israel O. Fagbemi (now of blessed memory) who was a university graduate, all other teachers in our school are Grade II and Associate Teachers.

In actual fact, we did not have any graduate in UDGS until we got to Form 4 when we had Mr. Oni and Miss Akintide (of blessed memory) as our Chemistry and Economic teachers respectively .

Until we passed out in 1985, we didn’t have any graduate teacher to teach us English Language and Literature in English.

In years 1, 2 and 3 , Yorubas were being used to teach us almost all the subjects as our teachers too were not good in English Language. They were good teachers no doubt as they always struggled to cram and just poured out the subjects on is without themselves to unable to understand what they were teaching us. We used to call them “agberu-gbeso”.

We didn’t have science laboratory until the third term of Form 4.

You will agree with me that the dismal and woeful results of the WASCE May/June 1985 was due to the poor foundation of that free education policy.

In my school, only 2 students had P7 and P8 in English Language as all others made F9. It was that woeful.

Aare, you will agree with me that we were used as guinea pigs by the government as no member of that government sent any of their children or wards to the types of our several urban days or community schools they established in 1980.

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It was by the providential grace of God coupled with our determination to succeed that negligible numbers among us made it to higher institutions as the greatest proportion of that educational policy have been consigned to uncertificated school certificate drop-out for life.

You will also agree with me also that even till date, that weak foundational structure in our secondary schools are still obvious in the oral English of most if not all the products of those Urban Days and Community Schools.

Dr. Adedayo was right when he quoted that Yoruba proverb that ” A charm obtained ex-gratis would be handled and treated with levity and as trivially unimportant by the beneficiary.” That is also the case with free education.

Engineer Seyi Makinde, the Governor of Oyo State should please, in the overall interest of the state and for good governance , stop playing to the gallery.

Even in 1979, our parents were asked to pay Development Levy as distinct from the compulsory poll tax before their children could benefit from the said free education. This clearly shows that there is nothing that is free, even in Freetown.

Engineer Makinde should embrace and restore the N3,000 levy or may even reduce it to N1,000, but its outright cancellation was done in bad faith and for other primordial considerations that are not in the interest of the pupils, parents, teachers and the educational system in Oyo State.

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The Immediate Past Governor and the father of the modern Oyo State put in place some laudable policies for the state educational system which must be sustained if we want to transform Oyo State educational system and such include the School Governing Board System and the re-introduction of the Inspectorate system in Schools.

With the current school enrolment and large number of schools in Oyo State and any other state in the South-Western states, it would be preposterous to introduce free education at any level in this age and time. Any attempt to do so would be providing the children with QUANTITATIVE and not QUALITATIVE EDUCATION.

 

By Asiwaju Mutalubi Ojo Adebayo

Former Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Oyo State

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Oyo: Akande-Sadipe pays second tranche of N25M to indigent students

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Hon. Akande -Sadipe

The Federal lawmaker representing Oluyole Federal Constituency and Chairperson House of Representative Committee on Diaspora, Hon. Tolu Akande-Sadipe has paid the second tranche of her 25-million naira TASK scholarship.

This payment is the second tranche of the year 2019/2020 session for twenty (20) indigent students drawn from communities across the federal Constituency.

Hon. Akande-Sadipe in a bid to fulfil her campaign promises launched the N25 Million Naira scholarship immediately after her election to the 9th Assembly.

According to a statement signed by her Media aide, Olamilekan Olusada, the lawmaker affirmed that the beneficiaries were selected on merit and each student was graded with a cumulative average of their academic standings and entry essay.

Recall that December, 2019, Hon. Akande – Sadipe flagged off the N25 Million Naira scholarship scheme at her constituency office, where the first set of beneficiaries were awarded dummy cheques.

Sadipe disclosed that payments to beneficiaries were deposited to each recipient’s bank account which covers the balance of their tuition fee and incidental expenses for the 2019/2020 academic year.

In addition to this, she has also initiated steps to commence the request for applications for new set of beneficiaries for the 2020/2021 academic year.

“The reason I believe so passionately in providing opportunities such as this, is that education has the potential to transform our nation, thereby creating progress and growth. Every citizen is a pillar of the nation and every nation rests on billions of such pillars. The more educated the pillars are, the stronger the nation’s foundation would be.

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“It’s my desire that few of you someday may become legislators like me or even the Governor of Oyo State. Stay focused and committed, the sky is the limit”, the lawmaker said.

One of the beneficiaries, Mr. Olalere Ololade appreciated the lawmaker through his twitter handle: @granitolamide saying, “Good Afternoon everyone on this platform. My sincere appreciation and gratitude goes to Honourable Tolulope Akande Sadipe K for fulfilling her promise she made when she awarded us scholarship worth #100,000 on Dec 1, 2019, I have received the #100,000 for the first year of the scholarship scheme.”

“I was surprised when I saw the credit alert on the phone because I don’t believe it, I’m short of words but I pray May Almighty Allah in HIS mercy Continue to be with you throughout your days And May He make you Continue in fulfilling all the promises that you made during your campaign. Once again, I really appreciate your efforts Ma. God Bless you and your crew”.

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Makinde constitutes Governing Councils of Tertiary Institutions, Waste Management Agency {See List}

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Oyo State governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has constituted the Governing Councils of tertiary institutions owned by the state.

Also constituted is the board of the Oyo State Waste Management Board, a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa indicated on Tuesday.

The statement named Chairmen and Board members for state-owned institutions including The Polytechnic Ibadan, Oke Ogun Polytechnic, Adeseun Ogundoyin Polytechnic, Eruwa, Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo among others.

It also indicated that Mr. Seun Adelore will continue to chair the Board of the state’s Waste Management Agency, while the members of the agency’s Board include: Mr. Johnson Ojebiyi; Mr. Azeez Adeoti; Apostle Lamunyegun Moses; Mr. Salawudeen Tajudeen Abiola; Ayuba Akinsola; Mr. Lukman Adesina; Mr. Isiaka Aliu; Mrs. Oguntona Janet Bola; Mr. Yusuf Sarafa and Shuaibu Oladayo.

The statement added that the nominees of the different ministries on the Board are: Dr. Olubunmi Ayinde; Mr. Alao Muyiwa Maruf; Mrs. Areo Bukola Oluseun; TPL Seun Raji and Mr. Segun Olakoju.

The statement further announced the appointment of the chairmen of the governing councils of the state-owned tertiary institutions, including Dr. Ogundiran Samuel Ogunwale (The Ibarapa Polytechnic, Eruwa); Prof. Mathew Odedokun (Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo); Dr. Bisi Ojebola (College of Education, Lanlate); Professor Sunday Ajayi Adesola (Oke Ogun Polytechnic, Saki); Prof. Lateef Sanni (Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igbo Ora); Prof. Kunle Akinyemi (The Polytechnic, Ibadan).

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Those appointed as members of The Ibarapa Polytechnic, Eruwa were Alhaji Musiliu Oyedemi; Barr. Segun Adebayo; Mrs. Adedokun Alice; Mr Wazir Adekunle and Alhaji Azeem Badmus.

Hon. Banji Folaranmi; Al-Hassan Sakirat; Alhaji Liadi Busari and Chief Joshua Oyetunde Abioye were appointed as members of the Governing Council of Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo.

Similarly, Alhaji Aliyu Tajudeen; Mrs Lawal Jumoke; Mr Ajayi-Ope Olatunde Phillips and Mrs Mojisola Alenkhe were appointed as members of the College of Education, Lanlate’s Governing Council.

For the Governing Council of the Oke Ogun Polytechnic, Saki, Dr. Omotayo Funmilola Olubunmi; Mr. Isiaka Adegbayi Kareem; Prof. Stephen Adegbite; Mr. Ife Oyelere and Mr. Balogun Nurudeen were appointed as members.

Mr. Abdulrahman Alayande; Dr. Abegunde Ilori Amos; Mrs. Tunrayo Ajeigbe; Princess Adenike Adedoja; Mr. Lukman Balogun; Mr. Olalekan Kazeem Bello; Hon. Taiwo Akano; Mr. Adesope Elijah Adesina and Mr. Olawuwo Samuel Adigun were appointed as members of the Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igbo Ora’s Governing Council.

For The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Prof. Sarafadeen Olateju Kareem; Prof. S.G. Odewumi; Barr. Jide Ojolowo; Mr. Adedapo Adekunle Joshua; Ayaba Moji Adeyemi; Hon. Abiola Ayorinde Taoreed and Hon. Bola Akinyemi were appointed as members of its Governing Council.

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Oyo govt. promises to overhaul security in public schools  

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The Oyo State Government has expressed concerns about porous security in public schools across the State, noting that challenges such as theft of furniture and destruction of facilities in schools would be brought on the front burner by the present administration.

The Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Adeniran said this today, during inspection of some selected Primary schools within Ibadan metropolis.

Adeniran noted that the repositioning and transformation agenda of Governor Seyi Makinde led-administration in the Education sector would also ensure the overhaul of security in the sector, so that teachers and students would learn in a very conducive environment.

Expressing displeasure at the state of facilities met in some public schools after the lock-down, Adeniran promised that Oyo State Government would put into urgent consideration security of public schools, in order to forestall vandalization of properties in schools.

He noted that “we would put the security of these schools on the front burner. This would forestall theft of furniture and other classroom items, which most teachers complained about”.

While he commended teachers for their dedication and commitment to duty, he also appealed to them to ensure adequate preparation of pupils in the State, towards their common entrance examination.

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“The essence of re-opening schools for those in Pry 6 pupils is for teachers to prepare them adequately for their forthcoming exams. I appeal to you teachers to do this without prejudice”, he said.

The SUBEB boss, however said the Seyi Makinde led administration would leave no stone unturned in ensuring that lack of necessary facilities and teaching aids are made available at schools.

Adeniran also expressed happiness about the adherence of teachers and students in schools visited to the strict COVID-19 Protocols, which he observed was a good way to start.

Dr. Adeniran who was accompanied by the Executive Secretary, Mr. Olusanjo Adeniyi and other officials of the Board visited OLGC Primary School, Odo-Okun, IMG Mokola, C&S New Eden Pry. School, Mokola and IMG Oje-Igosun. The team would also visit schools outside the metropolis tomorrow.

 

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