Osun to review education policy
From Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
In a bid to strengthen its education sector, the Osun state government has restated its commitment to review some extant policies on education ni the state.
The State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola disclosed this during a two-day Roundtable Education Summit in Osogbo.
Oyetola, who was represented by his Deputy, Mr. Benedict Alabi disclosed that the roundtable is in furtherance of his administration’s promise to run an all-inclusive government that is based on the people’s yearnings and needs.
It will be recalled that right after he was sworn in, the governor embarked on a thank-you tour to appreciate the citizens of the state’s support for him at the 2018 polls.
The UK-DFID backed Citizens’ Needs Assessment also revealed that the people were dissatisfied with certain aspects of the state’s education policy.
According to the governor, “ I believe good governance is about listening to the people who elected you and running a participatory system. That was what informed the Thank-you tour I embarked on after the election in 2018; to feel the pulse of the citizens and assess their needs.
“We found out that there were aspects of the state education policy that they want removed, adjusted or improved upon.
“The DFID Citizens Needs Assessment also revealed that there are areas in our education policies that need to the strengthened.
“This is why we have lined up the tested and proven hands in education in Nigeria here today to take a critical look at what we have and advise us on how to meet the needs of the people of Osun.
“As Aristotle said, ‘the roots of education are bitter but the fruit is sweet.”
He stressed that his administration is prepared to do what will improve the lots of the people and protect the future of children.
The governor also revealed that the two-day summit was also in response to the 26 issues raised in the Executive Council Memorandum presented by the Commissioner for Education and Special Adviser to the Governor on Education