Kwara plans education summit to correct rot in sector
Kwara State Commissioner for Education, Musa Yeketi, says plans were afoot by the state government to urgently convoke an education summit, which is expected to explore, and bring about measures that would facilitate the repositioning of the sector.
The date for the summit is expected to be made public soon, after an imminent tour of public primary, post primary and tertiary education facilities in the state by Yeketi and other stakeholders.
Already, the state’s law against loitering by students during school hours, which also imposes stiff penalties on teachers and parents of such pupils, is now in place in the state. It is expected to be enforced across the state before the middle of this year.
The commissioner in a chat with The Guardian in Ilorin, indicated his readiness to halt cultism, which has crept into primary schools in the state, just as he promised to bring to book, sponsors of such cult groups “irrespective of their societal statuses.”
He said, “When I took over as Commissioner for Education in Kwara State some three months ago, my findings showed that the standard of education in Kwara State, like that of many other states in the country had fallen.
“Due to paucity of funds, we shall involve the public in a proposed educational summit. Besides, we need to re-strategise to ensure that private schools do not take over the job expected of the government. This will commence via smoking out of every cultist in our schools. We learnt that some primary school pupils are into this vice. They rather stop it now of face the music very soon, because there will not be a hiding place for them.”