OYO STATE GOVERNMENT REFUTES CLAIMS IT IS PLANNING TO SELL OFF PUBLIC SCHOOLS
The Oyo State Government has refuted allegations that it intends to privatise public schools in the state but rather said the initiative is to go into Public Private Partnership(PPP) and return some public schools to its original owners.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Communication and Strategy, Yomi Layinka stated this on Tuesday while addressing journalist at the Press Centre, Ibadan.
According to him, the decision of the state government followed over 40 years appeal from missionaries and communities that their schools should be returned to them.
The Special Adviser noted that not all schools will be ceded in the process, but schools would be ceded based on certain criteria, adding that the decision was in the interest of promoting qualitative education in the state.
Layinka who was accompanied by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs Ronke Makanjuola, and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information, Mr Bashiru Olarewaju, said only about 30 schools will be ceded out of the 631 secondary schools in the state.
“It will create energy and resources to manage the schools properly. It is a concept of PPP which is operated globally. We have advertised for an expression of interest from stakeholders interested to pick up the form. There will be clearly stated agreement to be meeting before an MOU will be signed,” Layinka said
Reeling out the consideration for the ceding of the schools to stakeholders, he said:” Spread of government secondary schools in the area, total population of students in the area, evidence of previous experience in school administration, evidence of means of financial and management capability to operate the school successfully on their return”
He said government will ensure that stakeholders comply with open administration policy, adherence to government policy in state, regular inspections to ensure quality assurance.
Layinka also explained that no teachers will be retrenched during the process, but has the option of staying in their schools with their new employers or staying in government employment.
He went further that:” No student in any of the affected schools that is from JSS II to SS III will be liable to payment of school fees. Existing primary schools in the premises of some of the secondary schools affected will not be interfered with at this stage.”
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