PUPILS AND TEACHERS PROTEST IN IBADAN OVER PRIVATIZATION OF SCHOOLS
Some public primary and secondary schools were on Monday closed down over the current privatisation crisis rocking the state’s education sector. Pupils who went to school this morning were turned back home by the teachers in protest of alleged plans by the state government to privatize some of the schools.
Some of the pupils hit the streets protesting the proposed “sale” of their schools by the state government. The protesters stormed the APC Secretariat in company of their teachers this morning. One of the pupil’s interviewed said they were protesting because their teachers have not been paid for months yet the government decided to sell their schools.
The crisis led to a protest by labour unions last Wednesday, a development which later culminated in the arrest of the union leaders including the State NLC chairman, Comrade Waheed Olojede.
Olojede and six others were charged to a magistrate court last Friday on a seven-count charge bordering on breach of public peace and damage of public property. They were accused of disrupting a stakeholders’ meeting organized by the Oyo State government to address issues on the proposed privatization of selected secondary schools in the state.
The accused persons could not meet the bail conditions slammed on them by Chief Magistrate Jamiu Adebisi and were remanded in prison custody till Monday when they hope to regain their freedom.
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