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Out-of-School Children: Oyo ready to educate over 170,000 almajiris, hawkers

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Oyo state government on Monday expressed its readiness to put into use the BESDA take-off grant towards educating about 170, 536 out-of-school children in 23 Local Government Areas and ensure their retention in schools.

The Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Adeniran disclosed this after a two-day interactive session held in Ibadan, the state capital on implementation of World Bank assisted Better Education Service Delivery For All (BESDA).

He also  reiterated the state government’s resolve to effectively take off the street all out-of-school children and put them in public schools, adding that  the programme would cater for hawkers and Almajiris in Oyo State.

“Despite all the hiccups, I strongly believe that the essence of BESDA, which is to effectively take all the out-of-school children off the streets and draw them back to schools, will be accomplished in Oyo State”, the SUBEB boss expressed optimism.

Expressing displeasure on the outrageous number of out-of-school children in the state, Dr. Adeniran further assured  that the state government would ensure that a total of 62, 733 hawkers were taken back to school, while 107, 803 Almajiris would be taken off the streets in the Oke-Ogun region of the state.

He revealed that the Board had embarked on strategies that would ensure all out-of-school-children are returned to schools before year-2022.

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“Oyo state as one of the participating states, would ensure that all out-of-school-children are brought back to schools within the years of the programme implementation in the country as a whole”.

The Chairman also promised that the Seyi Makinde  led government would pay undivided attention to reduction in the number of out-of-school children, improve their literacy level and strengthen the education system.

Earlier his remarks, the Head, Coordination Support Team, BESDA, Mallam Iro Umar , alsonexpressed optimism that Oyo State has a good team to implement BESDA project.

He  noted that the state, through Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, has met necessary parameters and has what it takes to drive the programme to a fruitful end.

Oyo State Government would receive an initial BESDA grant of $3Million, to kick off the programme in Ona-ara, Kajola, Surulere, Saki West, Akinyele, Olorunsogo, Iseyin, Saki East, Oyo West, Ogbomosho South, Ogbomosho North & Iwajowa.

Other Local Government Areas are, Ogo-Oluwa, Ibadan South East, Oriire, Oluyole, Afijio, Oyo West, Ibadan South East, Egbeda, Oreloope, Ibarapa Central and Ibadan North East.

 

 

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Oyo govt.  issues stop work order on two public schools

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Executive Chairman, OyoSUBEB addressing community leaders at Ayepe Community Primary School, Egbeda LGA

Oyo State Government has ordered an immediate stop of work by some unknown contractors found on the premises of Community Primary School, Ayepe, Egbeda Local Government Area and Methodist Primary School, Gangansi, Ona-Ara Local Government Area.

The order was made today, following an inspection by the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Adeniran to schools in Egbeda and Ona-Ara Local Government Universal Basic Education Authorities.

Dr. Adeniran asserted that the state Government was not averse to any philanthropist contributing his quota to the development of education in the state.

He however, warned that the Governor Seyi Makinde led government would not condone any act of illegality and lawlessness or shunning laid down procedures in the State, no matter how highly placed,.

He frowned at the destruction of Government’s properties located in each school, situated within Egbeda and Ona-Ara LGUBEAs, without the knowledge of Oyo State Government.

The Chairman, who was accompanied by a team of management staff from the board therefore enjoined the contractors to pursue the right channel by making their intentions known to Government.

“We are not happy with what we observed here today. There is a government in Oyo State and it is expected that anyone who would pull down Government’s properties or build on Government’s land, should first inform Government”.

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Thereafter, the Chairman revealed that the affected projects, could be rehabilitated, noting that, the essence of the projects are to serve the public.

“Therefore, we have ordered the contractors handling the two projects to stop work immediately. The order is to enable them to follow the right procedure, then after that, they may continue”, he said.

Adeniran continued, “Oyo state Government is not averse to anybody supporting government but due process must be followed. Oyo state is not a lawless society”.

He therefore appealed to politicians and philanthropists not to politicize Education service delivery in Oyo state.

“I appeal to all and sundry not play politics with the education of our children. Let us take every right and genuine step in the development of our children’s lives and education”, he said.

 

 

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Oyo govt to promote, honour teachers according to students’ performance

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Oyo State government has declared that public school teachers would henceforth be promoted and honoured according to their diligence and efficiency , as reflected in the overall performance of their students in external examinations.

 

 

The declaration was on Wednesday made by the Chairman, Oyo State Post-primary Schools Teaching Service Commission {TESCOM} at an Interactive session he had with School Managers, Saki zone, Oke Ogun, that was held at main hall of Ansaru Deen High School, Saki, as he hinted that a committee has been set up by the Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde to have data and measurement of individual teacher across the State after which he would personally award the most efficient among them.

 

 

He said promotion of teachers would no more be ‘business as usual’ as the State administration has concluded plans to award excellency, based on measures of efficient and productive input by teachers to make their students excel in external examinations, adding that workers’ remuneration that have always been a major cause of worry before the Seyi Makinde administration came to office has been overcome.

 

 

”You can see that our government is a listening one, we are here today to have some feedback, tell us which area we need to improve as government and I can assure you that era of unpaid salary has gone forever as this administration will continue to make prompt payment of salary its priority.
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“In the last promotion that we did where over eight hundred (800) teachers got promoted, there were no report on the beneficiaries, everybody was just moved together at the same time, though we believe our teachers are noble, good and hard-working but we may have some bad eggs, who are lazy and might have might have scaled through without been qualified and the hard-working ones will be feeling cheated.
“This is why we are contemplating that at the end of every year, there must be reports on our teachers’ conducts and activities, teachers that are sanctified to be good and efficient need not wait for general promotion, they will be promoted and honoured as at when due.”

According to the Chairman, the interactive session which had started with Saki Zone is to be held across the Six Zones in the State and was meant to maintain a good rapport between the Commission and its teachers.

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Earlier in her welcome address, Saki zonal head,  Deaconess Aderonke Oladoyinbo appreciated the giant stride taken by the present government under the leadership of Engr. Seyi Makinde towards improvement of the educational sector.

 

“This government is playing a great role to ameliorate the plights of teachers and even students by regular payment of monthly salaries, 13 month even paid, issuance of car loan to teachers, mass promotion of teachers that have stagnated on GL 15, provision of almost 23% of State Budget on Education, free distribution of note and textbooks, intervention classes and many more.”

 

Oladoyinbo then called on teachers to reciprocate the good gesture of the present administration and cooperate with the government by being efficient at their duty posts.

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Ibadan Poly Rector Charges SUG Executives To Eschew Political Vendetta , Internal Wrangling

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The Rector of The Polytechnic,Ibadan, Professor Kazeem Adekunle ADEBIYI on Friday charged the newly elected Students’ Union Executives in the institution to eschew political vendetta , internal wrangling and destructive youthful exuberance, which can tarnish the image of the institution.

Professor Adebiyi gave the charge while speaking during the swearing in ceremony of the Students’ Union Executives and Students’ Representative Council held at the North Campus Assembly Hall.

“It is imperative to note that Students’Union is not a vehicle for intimidating members of the public and fellow students.

“Under no circumstances must student leaders take laws Into their hands in the guise of “ALUTA”

“Note that every member of the Student’s Union Executive and the Senate had signed a matriculation oath which must be abided with.

“You are therefore subject to the authority of the Management and Board of Studies,”Professor Adebiyi further charged, urging them to also ensure that their academic programme does not suffer at the expense of engaging in Union activities.

He assured the Students Union Executives that the management would always welcome constructive contributions to growth and development of the institution as partners in progress,but will not condone any act of lawlessness,gangsterism or dictation on the part of the students’ leaders.

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Professor Adebiyi also used the occasion to thank the State Government under Governor (Engr) Seyi Makinde for his tremendous assistance to the institution and promised the loyalty of members of staff as well as their devotion to duty.

Earlier,the newly elected president of the Students’ Union, Mr Blessing Fiyinfoluwa FADARE had promised to mobilize the students to support the management efforts towards uplifting the institution.

He equally promised a peaceful administration based on constructive approach to issues.

 

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