Ibadan UNESCO Learning City- Oyo Govt.
Oyo State Government on Tuesday said that its efforts in turning around the education sector in the state is yielding fruitful results; as Ibadan; the state capital has been adopted; as a learning city; by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
It also stated that; the state will be honoured; with the UNESCO institute of lifelong learning progress award.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Dr. Bisi Akin Alabi, who made the disclosure; explained that the recent educational policies embarked upon by the governor had brought the state into recognition by UNESCO; adding that policies like School Governing Board (SGB), abolition of automatic promotion; 80% attendance by pupils and Oyo State Model Education System Interventions (OYOMESI) are yielding fruitful results; to support educational development in the state.
In a statement made available to DAILY POST by Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun, Akin-Alabi said that the first strand of OYOMESI focuses on Character Building. Education; second strand is on; Localized Education Content. While the third strand has to do with Improving Teachers’ Competencies and Motivation.
Akin-Alabi at a stakeholders’ meeting in Ibadan between; the OYOMESI Project Committee and Chairmen of the Schools Governing Board across the state on the need; to fashion out how to enrich educational content to uplift the moral values of students. Noted that OYOMESI which encourages; positive character; building; has been fused; into SGB programmes.
She pointed out that all government policies in education, including enforcement of 80% attendance, abolition of automatic promotion, Extramural classes, Qualifying Examination, No Free WAEC registration, Zonal Education Monitoring Committees, inauguration of School Governing Board and OYOMESI were to restore the lost glory of the state educational system.
Akin-Alabi; while seeking the support of the SGB chairmen; commended them for their efforts in ensuring that goals; and objectives of government; to set up the Schools Governing Board; are realized.
Speaking on behalf of the SGB Chairmen; Engineer Oyedele Moses Oyeniran; who is the Chairman; SGB; Community Secondary School (Junior); Bioku Alaadun; Ona-Ara Local Government; commended the State Governor; Senator Abiola Ajimobi for his efforts to rebuild the solid foundation for the development of education in the state.
He stated that the SGB concept which gives room for stakeholders’ direct participation in schools management had helped a lot, promising that SGB Chairmen will work towards the success of the OYOMESI agenda.