In its quest to ensure delivery of quality teaching to pupils and students in public Elementary, Middle and High Schools in the State of Osun, the present administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola has recruited nothing less than 10,470 teachers translating to 54.8% increase in the number of teachers inherited upon assumption of office in November 2010.
The state Deputy Governor and Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Grace Titilayo Laoye-Tomori, stated this in her welcome address titled: The Beauty of a Nurtured Vision read at the official commissioning of the Baptist Central Elementary School, Ilare, Ile-Ife built by the present administration in the state.
According to Mrs. Laoye-Tomori, this laudable step to transform public education in the state has brought the total number of teachers in the state’s public Elementary Schools to 12,715 while 7,848 teachers are presently working at both the Middle and High Schools which is an indication that change is inevitable and possible in life only if conceived by visionary leaders.
The Deputy Governor said promotion, training and retraining of teachers into the state public schools is at the forefront of activities of the present administration in the state with a view to delivering effective teaching and learning to pupils and students in the state’s public schools saying this giant stride has led to total transformation of publc education in the State.
Relaying how Governor Rauf Aregbesola has wholly justified confidence reposed in him by the people of the state by electing him into power in 2007, Mrs. Laoye-Tomori said the present administration has removed all financial burden from parents and introduced school feeding programme, O-Meal, to bring a level playing ground to education sector in the State.
Appealing to pupils and students to pay adequate attention to their education, the state Deputy Governor advised them that any child who desires education will be better by it but those who reject education will be disgraced in life saying education is the key to moulding a total man socially, academically and intellectually for the future.
Decribing state government’s unacceptability of unruly behaviour of pupils and students in public schools in the state, Mrs. Laoye-Tomori urged parents to join hands with teachers so as to jointly bring up their wards positively with a view to giving the state a better future adding that works have reached completion stages at thirteen Elementary, twenty Middle and thirteen High Schools across the state.
Applauding the giant stride of the state government, the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, said the edifice is an evidence of good work as executed by Governor Rauf Aregbesola and urged people of the state to continually pray for success of the administration.
In the words of some pioneer pupils of Baptist Central Elementary School in 1945, Adebisi Koyejo and Ladun Adaralegbe, commended efforts taken by the state government to transform education in the State of Osun which hey compared to that of the Late Sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo during his time as Premier of the Old Western Region.
Meanwhile, the state Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, in his speech titled: We Are Unstoppable said the desire of his administration to give better future to children of the State influenced the decision to massively invest in the education sector of the state.
Describing education as the key to human development and advancement, Governor Aregbesola said woe betide any state or nation that fails to prepare for her future through the provision of adequate and standard education for her children saying the state government has concluded plans to ensure that every High School student in the state collects his or her Opon Imo before this year runs out.
Facilities available at the newly commissioned Baptist Central Elementary School, Ilare, Ile-Ife include twenty-five classrooms, one Head Mistress office, one Assistant Head Mistress office, two staff rooms, one examination hall, standard toilets, one dining hall, one food court, two libraries, an astro turf football pitch, an expansive playing ground, recreational facilities and security post while a qualified facility manager was engaged by the state government to ensure effective management of facilities provided in the school.