Akure, Nigeria – The Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, has reacted to the statement made by the Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, Mr Victor Olabimtan, which claimed that public school teachers would be accountable for the decline of pupils in State-run institution.
It would be recalled that Olabimtan disclosed this while speaking at a meeting with head teachers from all three senatorial districts of the State, last weekend.
In a statement, however issued, late Sunday by Akeredolu’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Richard Olatunde, expressed that it is based on this background that teachers in the public schools were urged on the moral ground to enroll their wards in public schools for confidence building.
“Undoubtedly, the Ondo State Government under Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has made huge investment in the education sector in the state, especially in primary and secondary schools. Tertiary institutions not excluded. The rot, which pervaded public schools in the state before Akeredolu’s administration assumed office is fast disappearing. This has also led to an increase in student enrollment in most of the schools.
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“Under the Akeredolu administration, over 800 public primary schools have been reconstructed and renovated with perimeter fence, the Information and Communications Technology centre and playgroup equipment. The students now enjoy modern desks and chairs procured by the Akeredolu administration. Besides, Governor Akeredolu recently recruited over 1000 teachers in the public primary schools.
“It is based on this background that teachers in the public schools were urged on moral ground to enroll their wards in public schools for confidence building. This will subsequently increase enrollment and further encourage the government to embark on more upgrades to public schools.
“Succinctly, there is no policy or law in Ondo State that forbids anyone in the service of the government, including teachers, from enrolling their wards in any school. However, there is always a place for moral burden. It is, therefore, not an offence for teachers to enroll their wards in any school of their choice. But, it will be morally wrong for teachers, who are proud of their works and teachings to put their wards in a private school.” reads the statement.