The Oyo government has reintroduced school governing boards (SGB) in the state.
According to NAN, the state government inaugurated the boards for the 643 public secondary schools.
Olubamiwo Adeosun, secretary to the state government (SSG), inaugurated the boards on behalf of Seyi Makinde, the state governor, at the international conference centre of the University of Ibadan (UI).
Adeosun said the state government embarked on the inauguration as a broad-based participatory management structure in the schools.
According to her, the SGB structure is a means of attracting alternative funding sources for education in the state and will help reinforce the present administration’s achievements in the education sector.
“It will also be a means of ensuring prudence and transparency in the utilisation of available resources for maximum impact,” she said
Adeosun said policies introduced by the government in the education sector had been yielding positive results.
“The policies have brought about the qualitative and sound education system currently being witnessed in the state,” the SSG added.
“Such policies have led to improved access to quality education as evident in the drastic reduction in the number of out-of-school children and enrolment explosion in public schools.
“SGB is another quest to further reinforce the achievements already recorded by this administration in the education sector.”
Adeosun admonished members of the boards to see their appointments as a call to service.
The SSG urged them to see the assignment as a way of giving back to the community that made them and an avenue to contribute their quota to the development of Oyo state.
She also admonished the chairmen and secretaries (school principals) to work together in harmony and ensure that all actions taken by the various stakeholders serve a common goal for the good of the students and the system.
Abiola Ajimobi, former Oyo governor, had introduced the school governing boards during his tenure but Makinde canceled the boards on the assumption of duty.
It was alleged that the ministry of education discovered abnormalities in the system, necessitating its dissolution.
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