…..As Oyo ANCOPPS Says Over Six Thousand Students Have Returned To Classes
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu will be in Ibadan by September, to witness the investiture of Governor Seyi Makinde as the Grand Patron of the All Nigerian Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) in Oyo State.
Also expected at the event are the National Presidents of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Dr. Nasir Idris and that of ANCOPPS, Mr. Anselm Izuagie, among other stakeholders in the education sector in the Country.
While speaking with newsmen after a meeting with the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun on Tuesday, the State President of ANCOPPS, Pastor Mojisola Ojetunde and his Secretary, Mr Akin Akinade, said the body is not only proud, but also extremely delighted with the leadership style of the State Governor, especially in the area of education development.
The duo said the present administration in Oyo State has returned the old glory of yesteryears in education by instituting genuine people’s policy like free and qualitative education policy that encompasses better teaching conditions for teachers and students alike, which he noted has reflected in the performance of students in external examinations.
Ojetunde said “How can one forget in a hurry how the present administration at its inception organized a 3 day capacity training in a conducive atmosphere for instructional leaders (principals and vice principals) for efficient and effective management of our secondary schools. In my over 30 years as a teacher, this never happened.
“It shows a Governor who clearly understands what it means to train and retrain the commanders on the field.
“Again, one can see the recruitment of over 5 thousand teachers, and conversion of over one thousand non teaching to teaching staff. In one fell swoop, over six thousand teachers were added to our classrooms. This is certainly unprecedented and I know what I am talking about. This is not even talking about distribution of chairs and desks, laboratory equipment, exercise and text books and to crown it all, prompt payment of salaries which is more than a morale booster.
“The results of all these interventions are beginning to manifest in the achievement scores of our students in the State.
“The honour ANCOPPS is giving to Governor Seyi Makinde as our Grand Patron is to further celebrate the activities, policies and programmes of the Government in the area of education, which today has reflected in the major improvements we are witnessing in the sector.”
The ANCOPPS’ Secretary said figures have indicated over 6000 students that have dropped out of school before the advent of the present administration have returned to classrooms across the State, as a result of the free education policy of the Oyo State Government.
“Today, Oyo State is one of the leading lights among other States in the federation in education development, remember it was among some other States mentioned at the outset of the present administration to be among those with high number of Out-of-school children, today, the story has changed, we now have over 6000 students that are back in school because of these laudable steps of the State Government.
“This Government has returned the school grant, free textbooks and notebooks to students, employed many teachers, elevated many senior teachers and our salaries and emoluments are constantly paid at the 25th of every month, it is worthy of commendation.
“We are all in Nigeria, some States earning more than Oyo State are sacking teachers and other workers, some are rescinding their promise to pay minimum wage while others are owing months in salaries of workers, our own Governor has left nothing untouched in returning normalcy to education system and I can tell without any fear of contradiction that some States have been coming to emulate the good programmes and policies of Oyo State Government on education.”
“We are therefore planning to make the Governor of Oyo State our Grand Patron, he is worthy of that honour and we are sure he is going to do more to drive the growth of education and other sectors of the State,” he maintained.