The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has commended the infrastructural development in the education sector in Osun State by the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
The minister said this at the commencement of academic activities at the Ataoja Government High School, Osogbo.Opening ceremonies for the commencement of academic activities also held simultaneously at Wole Soyinka Government High School, Ejigbo; Osogbo Government High School and Adventist Government High School in Ede.
Adamu, who was represented at the ceremony by Prof. Olayiwola Usman, held that the state would soon begin to reap the benefits of the seed being sowed by the present administration in the education sector.
He said, “I want to commend the governor of Osun State for his initiative of taking education seriously. Education must not just be seen as just educating a person just to be able to read and write but in building character.
“If we want to forestall what happened recently in Ile-Ife, we must continue to educate our people by making sure that we build more schools in an atmosphere that is conducive to learning.”
Speaking at the event, Aregbesola said that the schools being built would compete with any school from any part of the world. He stated that the high school was a three-in-one school with the capacity to accommodate 3,000 pupils.
“Each school has four principals with three superintending over 1,000 pupils each, and an overall senior principal. It is standard that each school has 72 classrooms of 49 square-meters, each capable of sitting 49 pupils.
“It has six offices for study groups. It is also equipped with six laboratories, 48 toilets for pupils and another eight for the teachers. There is one science library, one arts library, facility manager’s office, a bookshop and a sickbay.
“Other facilities are the senior principal’s office, three principals’ offices, a bursar’s office, three general staff offices, a record store and security shed/reception. They are all fully furnished. Each school has its own borehole and power transformer,” he added.
The Deputy Governor, Mrs. Titi-Laoye Tomori, in her speech stated that the new principals would be entitled to official cars, ipads and other materials needed to make them effective.
She said, “These interventions in the education sector constitute huge capital expenditure to which Mr. Governor is fully committed come rain or shine, economic recession or depression notwithstanding. Mr. Governor considers no amount of money too much to invest in the lives and future of our children in Osun State.”
At the ceremony in Ejigbo, the Ogiyan of Ejigbo, Oba Oyeyode Oyesosin, commended Aregbesola for being at the forefront of rewriting the history of education in the state through the building of state of the art schools.
He urged the pupils, teachers and the parents and other stakeholders in the education sector to support this renewed effort to take education to a higher level.