Regular commissioning of ultra-modern schools defines the premium placed on education by the Osun State government.
The Governor, Rauf Aregbesola said this while commissioning the 1,100 capacity of A.U.D Government Elementary School, Osogbo, just a day after he commissioned the over 3500 capacity Adventist Government High School, Ede on Monday.
Governor Aregbesola says “no venture can be more profitable than investment in children education.’’
Dressed in a similar uniform of the pupils, he said the commissioning of the schools and other infrastructure were in fulfilment of his government’s promise to provide functional basic education for the pupils.
The A.U.D Government Elementary School in Sabo Osogbo has 22 classrooms with 50 pupils, a multipurpose function hall, sick bay, computer room, principal’s office and the secretary’s office. These are in addition to a recreation centre and small playing field. The conveniences include six blocks of toilets for pupils and staff, each having three squat pans and WC, making a total of 24. The seventh block is designated for staff with four cubicles of WC. The principal’s office also has a private toilet.
Out of the 100 elementary schools being built, A.U.D school is the 20th already completed. 22 out of 50 middle schools commissioned and 12 out of 20 High School accomplished.
Governor Aregbesola said his administration has also carried out renovations on 40 other schools, giving a total of 1,694 standard classrooms and providing accommodation for nearly 90,000 pupils.
“We have provided more than 100,000 desks and chairs for them, toilets and boreholes and made schools decent places to be. We have provided 50,000 eLearning tablets for grade 12 final year high school pupils in the state.
“This has benefited three sets already while the fourth set, the current final year set are receiving the tablet now. We have also recruited more than 12,000 teachers to boost manpower in the school system and are also motivating the teachers…We have put in place a policy that makes teachers in elementary and middle schools to rise to grade level 16. In addition, we have appointed three Tutors General, equivalent to Permanent Secretary, in the three senatorial districts in the state,” the Governor explained.
Investment for future
According to him, the investment being made in education is for the future, to ensure that the present crop of students are squarely positioned in an increasingly competitive and digitised world, with a view to function maximally in the new world.
In a speech titled “Sound and Unshakeable Legacy,” Governor Aregbesola stated that the mega schools would be the legacies of his government in education and that it would be the imposing monuments of a vision for mass literacy in Osun, at a specific time in history.
He recalled that prior to his coming to the office, schools were caricature of what educational facilities should be.
“They were dirty, decrepit and falling apart. Basic amenities were missing. The school environment was not conducive for learning. In developed countries, animal rights activists would not allow goats to be kept in them so why should we keep our children there? I vowed that it would not happen under my watch and I thank Almighty God that we have realised our vision of providing a conducive learning environment for our pupils,” the Governor stressed.
According to him, “the facilities available in the school now are more than enough to stimulate learning and his government is focused on preparing children for the future.”
The Chairman of State Universal Basic Education, SUBEB, Prince Felix Awofisayo commended Governor Aregbesola for prudently managing the scarce resources of the state, especially on schools restructuring.
He commended civil servants in Osun for being patient with the state government in the face of the current economic realities.