Oyo Govt Adjusts School Calendar

…Appreciates Stakeholders on Adherence To Covid-19 Regulations

In order to conform with the agreement reached by the Federal Government and the West African Examination (more…)

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Oyo State School-On-Air: Airtel To Give 500MB Data To Each Participating Student

The Oyo State Task Force has disclosed that the School-on-Air programme is designed to fill the gap for Students in SS3.

The acting Chairman of the State COVID-19 Task Force, Prof. Temitope Alonge, disclosed this in a statement released on Saturday, April 4, 2020, shortly after the regular review meeting of the Task Force.

Prof. Alonge noted that the School-On-Air Programme is supported by Airtel with a donation of 500mb of data to each participating student.

The Task Force acting Chairman said in the statement that: “The Commissioner for Education, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye, who briefed the Task Force, said the programme being run on the Radio and Television Channels of the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS), was already reaching between 60 and 70 percent of the student population.

The Task Force was further alerted to the decision of Governor Seyi Makinde to roll out palliatives to residents of the State within a short while.

The statement noted that the Ministry of Special Duties and Women Affairs and Social Inclusion are working out the modalities for the distribution of the palliatives in a way that would ensure the people who are really in need are directly reached.

 

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Oyo State Ministry of Education Press Release

Oyo State Ministry of Education is aware of the protest at the Government College Ibadan. We are currently engaging with all the stakeholders involved, and the position of this administration is that no child will be sent out of school.

The population of students continue to increase in public schools due to the inclusive policy of His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde and many of out of school children are now back into their various classrooms.

His Excellency has already made the provision to increase the capacity of classrooms, more school’s infrastructure, more teachers and materials. All these are going through the implementation process and will soon be visible to the members of the public.

In the meantime, we are appealing to the parents and teachers to take precautions during this talk among the stakeholders and the joint press will be released shortly.

Finally, the mandate of our administration on education remains the same, prioritizing free qualitative and economic driven education to address the key challenges so much that no child is left behind in the acquisition of holistic knowledge.

 

 

Prof D K Shangodoyin

Honourable Commissioner for Education, Oyo State.

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Oyo To Promote, Honour Teachers According To Students’ Performance

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.

“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.

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.

 

 

 

Hon. Wasiu Olatunbosun, PhD.,

Hon. Commissioner, 

Min. of Information, Culture & Tourism,

Oyo State Government.

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Oyo Govt Charges Enrollment Drive Committee on Basic Education

Oyo State Government has charged members of the newly inaugurated committee on enrollment drive to facilitate enrollment, retention and completion of Basic Education in the State.

The Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran said this on Wednesday during the inauguration of an Eleven-man committee on Enrollment Drive Campaign, held at Ibadan.

The Chairman said this would ease the achievement of effective implementation of Better Education Service Delivery for All in Oyo State, saying Government through the committee would embark on an intensive mobilization drive of policy makers, Parents, Community leaders and other stakeholders.

Dr. Adeniran revealed that inauguration of the committee is in tandem with the directives of Federal Government, Universal Basic Education Commission and UNICEF on the implementation on free basic education in the country.

Speaking on the importance of the enrolment drive to the World Bank supported Better Education Service Delivery for All project, Dr. Adeniran noted that the drive would serve as a foundation on which BESDA’s success would be built.

“The Enrolment drive is geared towards addressing the out-of-school-children phenomenon in the State. This will create needed awareness on the need to address out-of-school-children in the State, this drive would adopt different strategies targeted at communities in the State, so as to increase enrolment in Public schools”.

He expressed optimism that the committee would key into Government’s intensive efforts to initiate fundamental reforms in the basic education sector of the State, adding that every out-of-school child must return to school.

Dr. Adeniran further urged the committee to deploy their expertise in various fields to execute the task ahead, by putting in necessary resources for concerted actions towards achieving desired results in the State.

While he opined that the current situation of out-of-school children in Oyo State was not encouraging with a percentage of 18.2 in the South West, the Chairman expressed confidence that the Enrolment Drive Committee would mobilize all stakeholders in returning these children back to school.

The Committee comprises of the UBEC South West Co-ordinator, UBEC State Co-ordinator, a representative of Ministry of Education Science and Technology, three members of management team of Oyo SUBEB, a representative of Christian faith, a representative of Islamic faith and a representative of School Based Management Committee.

 

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Out-of-School Children: Oyo Returns 43% Back to Class

….Reintroduces Boarding System For Public Schools

Oyo State Government has disclosed that the State has returned 43% of its out-of-school children population back to class and working towards mopping the rest of the population outside classroom back before the end of the year.

The disclosure was made at the weekend by the State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Kehinde Sangodoyin at the launching and dedication of projects embarked upon by Old Students of Ibadan City Academy, Ibadan.

Sangodoyin hinted that the State would leave no stone unturned in its move to provide qualitative education without financial burden on parents and guardians and has perfected all preparations towards reintroducing boarding system to public schools while 64,000 units of furniture would soon be distributed to all public schools in the State.

He added that teachers on level sixteen to seventeen would assume the title of ‘Tutor Generals’ while Government would start paying running cost for the upkeep of public schools from Monday September 30th 2019.

“Parts of the State education policy is to improve access and participation of our students in academic activities at all levels, be it primary or secondary and since the Governor has removed levies hitherto paid by our students and has just approved the payment of running cost to our primary and secondary schools. Also we are equally working on providing furniture to schools. 64,000 units will soon be distributed to all schools across the State.

“On the out-of-school children, I can assure you that we have 43% of the students back in the classrooms now and we are working to get them all back. We have a plan towards sensitizing the parents and facilitate procedures of mopping the rest of the number back to school from the street and to achieve this, we are going to work with SUBEB and UBEC to actualize this goal.

“We are engaging all stakeholders, volunteers, traditional council, leaders of thought and the media to counsel the children wherever they may be found so that they will see the beauty of being back to school for the good of their own future.

“Plans are underway to provide them with uniform, we have free textbooks and notebooks and we are supplying them with feeding to retain their interest after getting them back totally. We all know that poverty contributed to the cause of their being outside the school and these items are the major needs that will make them come to school and stay.

“Engr. Seyi Makinde has proved himself and his administration that he does not bluff. He talks and back his talk with actions and this has been exhibited in his stride in education, security, health and workers welfare among other things.”

The Commissioner enjoined school administrators to cooperate with Government in the area of policy actualization, warning them not to collect money from students for the free textbooks and notebooks provided by Government.

The President-General of Ibadan City Academy Old Students’ Association (ICAOSA), Chief Richard Titiloye commended the State Government for the attention given to quality education, adding that corporate bodies and school alumni should do more to support Government.

Titiloye listed the achievements of the school alumni to include renovation of Physics, Chemistry, Biology laboratories, the school library and staff rooms.

He said the body earlier renovated fifteen classrooms in the school, dug a borehole, employed six teachers, five security staffers and organized training for teachers in the school and gave scholarship to brilliant but indigent students.

“Today we are marching on with our vision to bring back the lost glory of Ibadan City Academy. I know it is not an easy task, inevitably, we will require the full cooperation of the State Government to achieve our goals. Our efforts so far as Old Students are visible and quantifiable. Despite the challenging economic times, we believe our continued investment in the development of students and teachers of the school will move our school to greater academic height in no distant future,” he opined.

Ibadan City Academy was established by a late Ibadan philantropist, Chief Timothy Lajide Oyesina on the 6th February !946 and named Ibadan Commercial Academy and was renamed Ibadan City Academy in 1960.

 

 

Hon. Wasiu Olatunbosun, PhD.,

Hon. Commissioner, 

Min. of Information, Culture & Tourism,

Oyo State Government.

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