The Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola says his administration is very desirous of getting its education policies right and employ them as the driver of sustainable governance.
To this end, Mr Oyetola said it is the intention of his government to review some extant policies towards improving the education sector in Osun.
Governor Oyetola stated this on Thursday while declaring open a two day Policy Review Roundtable Summit on some extant policies in the education sector held at Regina suite, Osogbo, the State Capital
The Governor who was represented by his Deputy, Mr Benedict Alabi said the decision to review the education policies was borne out of the recommendations of stakeholders in the education sector upon the dialogue he had with them
He expressed optimism that members of the consultative forum at the Roundtable summit, who were carefully selected will come out with useful recommendations that will guide his administration in taking a right and well informed decision.
“Shortly after my assumption of office, precisely on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, I held an interactive meeting with the All Nigerian Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) and the Association of Primary School Headteachers of Nigeria (AOPSHON) at their instance.
“At that meeting, they raised ten (10) issues, all of which touched on the extant Education Policies of the State and they suggested solutions.
“Thirteen (13) months later, (January 2020), the Hon. Commissioner for Education and the Special Adviser on Education came up with an extensive Executive Council Memorandum covering 26 subjects/issues on our extant Education Policies in Osun. It is important to let you know that the 26 issues raised in the Executive Council Memorandum also include the earlier ten (10) issues raised by the leadership of ANCOPSS and AOPSHON.
“In the interest of the generality of our people and in the spirit of democracy, I directed that all the 26 issues raised in the Executive Council Memorandum be discussed extensively and dispassionately with a view to arriving at informed decisions on every issue. Members of the Executive Council discussed as directed.
“While some of the issues were unanimously agreed upon, twelve (12) other issues on which there were divided opinions were referred to an established body called Consultative Forum dedicated to addressing and making recommendations on the issues.
“The assignment given to the Consultative Forum culminated in this two-day Policy Review Roundtable Summit on some extant Education Policies”, the Governor stated
The Chairman of the forum is Prof Olu Aina and other members include General Alani Akinrinade (rtd) State Exco Members, Top government functionaries and Erudite Scholars and Educationists.
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