All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools, (ANCOPSS), Oyo State chapter, has said about 60 per cent of public schools in the state are witnessing a revolution in infrastructure and education following the introduction of the School Governing Boards (SGBs) policy by the state government.
The new policy, which attracts community participation in the running of public schools, was a fallout of poor infrastructure and academic performance in the state public schools.
Meanwhile, ANCOPSS noted that the policy has positively enhanced members’ status, affording them the freedom to exercise authority, and access opportunities initiatives which have assisted in translating the vision to reality.
The association’s Secretary, Pastor Babajide Olujide stated at the presentation of the distribution of School Governing Boards (SGBs) compendium to stakeholders in education, held at the conference room, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Agodi Secretariat, Ibadan.
Olujide said: “The idea of the SGBs brought a lot of relief and a new era into the administration of secondary schools’ administration.
“What we are talking about is not political but reality. There is no sentiment about it. We knew where we were before, we know what is happening now, the difference is so clear because schools have taken a new shape, new things are springing up.’’
He continued: “In fact, I was so touched by the impacts of the SGBs. It has become a gospel we have been spreading from one state to the other. As a confederation, ANCOPSS operates at different levels and all along we have been sharing our experience in Oyo State with colleagues outside the states.
“They have been so inquisitive about the extent of development going on in Oyo state and they wanted to know the secret behind it. We are bold as a confederation to speak about it any day, anywhere regardless of the situation and circumstances,” he maintained.
Education, Science and Technology Commissioner, Prof. Adeniyi Olowofela acknowledged the commitment, dexterity and courage of Governor Abiola Ajimobi on the policy.