The Oyo State government has said it would work with Education Secretaries, and Heads of Sections in all local government areas towards shutting down substandard primary schools in the state.
The Commissioner for Education, Science and technology, Professor Soliu Abdulwaheed Adelabu, at a meeting with basic education stakeholders on Wednesday, said “mushroom” schools would not be allowed to operate in Oyo.
He said the Ministry and OYOSUBEB will work closely with relevant stakeholders to tighten the noose on operators of mushroom primary schools.
He charged the Education Secretaries and Heads of Sections in the 33 local government areas of the state to get set, as the meeting was part of steps and institutional preparations towards the crackdown.
Adelabu, who expressed dissatisfaction with the report he gathered on the field during a recent inspection, identified ways to forestall some basic errors in the basic education sub-sector.
He also admonished relevant stakeholders to step up their game in the proper supervision of schools under their watch.
“Let us commit ourselves to the betterment of our public schools, as this will ultimately impact the lives and future of the students under our care,” he admonished.
Adelabu also said that the Oyo State government under the supervision of Governor Seyi Makinde is making moves to address infrastructural decay in primary schools.
He noted that the governor had given the Ministry a marching order to identify schools with urgent need of infrastructural overhaul.
Adelabu said, “The Oyo State government is doing everything possible to bring every child of school age on board. However, we must not compromise our commitment for quality and standard education in the state.”