Osun Govt. Warns Parents Against Child Labour

The Commissioner for Education (State of Osun), Mr. Kola Omotunde-Young has called on parents and guardians especially in rural areas to desist from the habit of sending their children to markets and farms during school
hours.

He said parents who refuse to comply with the advice will be made to face the full wrath of the law which includes imprisonment, as it is
an offence punishable under the law to deny students education.

The Commissioner stated this during a recent inspection visit to some schools across the state in a bid to boost teaching and learning
activities.

He said absentee students will definitely not be aware of what is taught in schools thereby leading to their poor academic performance.

The Education Commissioner also enjoined parents and guardians to provide textbooks, notebooks and required learning materials to their children in support of government’s efforts and as part of their responsibilities to their wards.

He reminded parents and guardians of the need to see the education of their children as onerous task which must be done in collaboration
with the government, stressing that their future can be guaranteed through proper education of their children.

He noted that the quality of teaching and learning is judged by the ability of pupils to read, write legibly and understand. He encouraged
teachers to do more and ensure that the children put under their care can read, write well and understand. He said it is because of the
pupils that all who work in the Ministry of Education and schools are engaged and that henceforth teachers and Education Administrators
shall be appraised based on the performance of their pupils and students

The Commissioner also charged Principals and teachers of schools in the state to ensure that teaching and learning take place in decent
and clean environments and stressed that the government of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola is determined to lay a solid foundation for functional education in Osun.

Some of the schools visited are St. Richards Elementary/Middle School, Gbongan Olufi Government Middle School, Baptist Day Elementary and Middle School, Mojapa, Gbongan.

Others are St. James Elementary and Middle School, Lagbaka, Gbongan and Gbongan-Odeomu Unity High School.