Aregbesola raises Panel to Probe Mass Failure in Osun Schools
The Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has commissioned a nine-man committee, chaired by the acting Vice-Chancellor of Bola Ige University, Prof. Jelil Oguntola to investigate and find solutions to the consistent mass failure that has enveloped the performances of public schools pupils in national examination.
The Governor, in a statement made available by his spokesman, Semiu Okanlawon, on Sunday, said the committee would also verify the implementation of the reforms initiated by the administration in the four state-owned tertiary institutions.
In his statement “It is the desire of the government to put a stop to secondary school pupils’ yearly poor performances in external examinations. Time is ripe for something to be done urgently to ensure that the performances of pupils reflect the heavy investment in education by the government.
Adding that realizing the poor performance of the pupils which is now over a decade propelled the decision to ask state tertiary institutions to offer remedial courses in order to create more rooms for students to be admitted into higher institutions.
“The committee is therefore to verify the progress on the implementation of all the reforms we have initiated in the four institutions in focus.”
The governor also directed the committee to carry out staff verification in the four institutions to ensure that the available resources to the schools were being judiciously used. He also directed the committee, which has two weeks to complete its work, to review the institutions’ curricula.
He added that his administration wanted to be sure that the institutions were properly set up for the kind of education the Nigerian society needed for growth.
The chairman of the committee, Prof. Oguntola said the committee will do all it takes to ensure government projects are better implemented; urging the students, their parents and guardians to discourage cheating in examinations.
He equally added that they will ensure that the institutions across the state train people to be self-reliant in basic skills they need to function in the society.