Sunday 26 March 2017

FG hails Aregbesola Over Massive Educational Infrastructure In Osun

Federal Government on Tuesday commended the Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, for improving the atmosphere of learning in schools constructed in the state.
This was even as the Governor stated that state-of-the-art schools all over the state are designed to be able to attract the best brains from their catchment areas, especially draw intake from public schools, where excellence is also the watchword.
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, who was represented by Prof. Kamoru Olayiwola Usman at the opening ceremony and commencement of learning in Osun State new high schools, stated that the Federal Ministry of Education is proud with the Governor’s efforts in education.
Thousands of Students officially commenced learning at the Ataoja Government High School in Osogbo; Wole Soyinka Government High School, Ejigbo; Osogbo Government High School; and Adventist Government High School in Ede, with an opening ceremony that happened simultaneously at the four different venues.
The Minister of Education also lauded Osun State for realising that education can only thrive in an environment that is conducive, saying it should not be limited to a situation when a person can only read and write, but how such person can impact positively on the larger society.
Adamu held that Osun State in no distant future will enjoy the seed that is being sown by the present administration with the building of the state of the art schools constructed across the state.
According to him: “I want to commend the governor of Osun 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 a person who is built in character and learning.
“If we want to forestall what happened in Ife, we must continue to educate our people by making sure that we build more schools with an atmosphere that is conducive to learning.”
Aregbesola, in his opening address, said his administration has redefined the architecture and environment of quality education.
He added that schools being built will compete with any school in any part of the world, saying the high school is a three-in-one school with the capacity to accommodate 3,000 students.
According to him: “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 students.
“It has six offices for study groups.
“It is also equipped with six laboratories, 48 toilets for pupils and another eight for the teachers, 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.
“The schools each has its own borehole and power transformer.”
Speaking earlier in her welcome address, the Deputy Governor, Iyaafin Grace Titi Laoye-Tomori, stated that the motive of the Osun State Government is to make the new High Schools centre of excellence that will produce students that are excellent in academic performance and will be grounded in the Omoluabi ethos.
Laoye-Tomori also added that in line with Aregbesola’s desire to have the best teachers in the state High Schools, the Governor has approved 20 per cent salary increment and dressing allowance for all the teachers and principals.
The Deputy Governor further stressed that the new schools principals will also be entitled to official cars, iPads and other prerequisite of office.
According to her: “These intensive 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.”

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