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Oyetola abolishes predecessor’s education policies

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Osun State Governor Gboyega Oyetola has reversed some educational policies, including the use of single uniform by pupils and renaming of public schools introduced by his immediate predecessor, Rauf Aregbesola.

Besides, the state has also reverted to the National Education Policy of 6-3-3-4 system as against the 4-5-3-4 system practised by the previous administration.

The state’s Commissioner for Information and Civic Education, Mrs. Funke Egbemode, while briefing the press yesterday after the state Executive Council meeting, said the council deliberated and approved almost all the recommendations of Prof. Olu Aina-led education panel.

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Egbemode said that implementation of the reversion would however take effect from the next academic session not to cause disruption to the current academic session, adding that the current leadership has also agreed to reversion of single sex schools as opposed to the merger of pupils in public schools.

“Beginning from next academic session, school pupils in public schools in Osun State would no longer wear single uniform but revert to the old order while all schools in the state are to also revert to their old names,” she said.

She said the council decision was in line with popular demand and desire to move the state education forward.

The commissioner said the council accepted the retention of tablet of knowledge popularly called “Opon Imo” with some modifications while the tablets should be extended to teachers.

Aina, while submitting the report of the panel, was unequivocal that certain policies, including introduction of single uniform into the school system, merging of Primary 5 and 6 with junior secondary school to form middle school are at variance with the national policy on education.

He said good leadership must be responsive to people’s demands, adding that the philosophy forms the basis of the resolve of the government to reposition the education system.

He added that the need to review the education policy was informed by the people’s demand and the need to protect the future of the children.

Aina noted that the panel proposed 11 recommendations within the context of the national education policy and global best practices, saying for instance that the merging of Primary 5 and 6, though laudable for reason of school feeding initiative, violated the 6-3-3-4 educational policy.

He also noted that the creation of “the 4-5-3-4 and the Middle School are unknown to the National Policy on Education.

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