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How to revamp the deplorable sector, by Fayemi

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Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has said that for the nation’s deplorable education standard to be revamped, access to basic education and merit should be the yardstick. Fayemi pointed out that the country’s curriculum development must be based on the twin factor of access to basic education and merit.

The governor spoke at the 110th Founder’s Day lecture organised by King’s College Old Boys’ Association (KCOBA) held at the school hall.Fayemi who spoke on “The founding of King’s College Lagos as a template for government involvement in education,” said every child must have access to basic learning which will allow such a student move to the next level of education while the other factor should be purely merit.

He pointed out that for this to be made possible, there is need “for us to do a comprehensive analysis of what our national development is all about in order to have a good standard of education.”

Speaking on steps taken to improve the educational sector in Ekiti State, Fayemi said he has approved and signed the release of five schools in the state to their original owners.

“The aim is to help in reconnecting institutions to those that have the vision and the capacity to run them effectively, it’s a pilot case which we hope will guide the subsequent release of other schools.”

Also speaking on what informed the theme of the anniversary lecture, the Chairman Planning Committee, Mr. Ladi Lawanson, said it is glaring that the standard of education is falling and the quality of preparation for the leaders of tomorrow is less than what is desired.

“That’s why we thought that as an association. Stakeholders in the education sector and beneficiaries of a system that once worked, we have a duty to effect positive changes by speaking on such issues and invite people that have understanding on such and are able to influence the outcome and bring about solutions.”Lawanson said the objective of setting up the school was to mould lives that will become nation builders, adding that from the array of its old our students, the school has indeed kept that promise.


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