Aregbesola Promises Quality Education In Osun

Opon-Imo-studentsThe Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has assured the people of the state that his administration would provide quality and qualitative education that would make them self-reliant upon graduation. The governor gave the assurance while inaugurating Salvation Army Middle School, Osogbo, recently. He said the journey to provide quality education started with the education summit he convened when he assumed office newly as the governor of the state.

“The summit with eminent Nigerians like the Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka in attendance came up with a reform blueprint to overhaul the public education in the state and the government has since been working assiduously to implement the reform plan. The inauguration of this school is a good evidence that all is going according to plan with our reform. As part of the reform, we decided to re-organise the school system into Elementary, Middle and High school categories.

“The elementary level will comprise pupils from ages 6 to 9 years, which corresponds to primary 1 to 4 pupils under the existing system. The middle level from primary 4 to JSS 3 of ages 10 to 14, now classified as Grades 5-9, and the high school level age range will be between 15 and 17 years, corresponding to Senior Secondary School III, to be known as Grades 10-12.

“The elementary and middle school level’s buildings will each accommodate 900 pupils, while the high school building will have capacity for 3,000 students. There will be 100 of such buildings at the elementary, 50 at the middle, and 20 at the high school levels, making a total of 170 and the high schools are a mega structure of minicity size each having three schools in one with facilities for all subjects in the Sciences, Arts and Social Sciences, including state of the art laboratories, recreation centres and a food court.” “The overall aim of the reforms we are carrying out is to develop the new man intellectually, socially and morally. This new man is placed in the centre of society who views his own development as part of and for the development of society, he said.

Aregbesola appealed to parents to support the government in its efforts by preparing their wards for the new system and especially kit them with the new uniform, saying the gains are already coming up as the state is witnessing progressive improvement in the academic performances of the students.