The vision of this present administration under Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola before coming to government was to radically increase access to Universal Basic Education in our society. This is in furtherance of the vision of the former Western Region Government under the late sage Chief Obafemi Awolowo. This is also in line with Millennium Development Goal Two (MDG 2) of achieving Universal Primary Education, which goes in consonance with Aregbesola’s programme of promoting functional education.
(From L-R) The Deputy Governor, The First Lady, The Governor and Professor Wole Soyinka
The government of Aregbesola in February 2011, two months after assumption of office, organized a world-class education summit to chart a new way forward in the educational sector of the State of Osun in conformity with the evolving trends in the field. The summit which was chaired by Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka had in attendance other experienced stakeholders who proffered solutions to the perennial problems being experienced in the country and Osun in particular.
Stakeholders agreed on having three classification of schools under basic education , these are elementary, middle and high rather than the existing primary, junior and secondary levels. A comprehensive overhaul of physical and human component of the education system was also recommended.
As observed, the physical infrastructure component of these reclassification is being carried out systematically with the building of elementary, middle and high schools. The human and social component such as recruitment of teachers, provision of instructional materials, psychological and social support through value re-orientation, revival of ideals of hard work, honesty, discipline, determination, revival of Boys and Girls Clubs, calisthenics activities are simultaneously being introduced.
For a concise report on government efforts so far on education reforms, please visit www.osun.gov.ng