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Oyetola decries decay in education system since independence

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Osun State Governor Gboyega Oyetola has condemned the decay in the education system in the country, saying that the nation would not grow fast if education continues to receive scant attention.

Specifically, the governor said that education had been receiving scant attention from government and individuals since the nation got independence.

He said the eroding standard of education in the country was the root cause of the unemployment across nation.

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As a panacea to this, the governor expressed his administration’s commitment to revitalising secondary education in the state.

Oyetola, who spoke in Iragbiji at the weekend during the 60th anniversary of Oke-Iragbiji Grammar School, said: “The current state of Nigeria’s development is no doubt directly proportional to the level of its past and present educational state. The level of decay and unemployment is a pointer to the scant attention given to education since independence and the failure of education to respond to our needs. It is also a clarion call on us to give education its deserved attention and recalibrate the curriculum to respond to contemporary needs.

“As our contribution to revitalising our educational system, Osun State has changed the narrative by commencing the renovation of schools across the state, providing instructional materials for students and training and re-training of teachers to deliver education that will make our children compete globally.

“We are also providing qualitative and functional education with adequate vocational and technical components for our children to make them job creators and not job seekers.”

This is a major shift from the former education system that put the nation in mass unemployment quagmire. Osun State has 10 Life Academies, including one mining academy where children are taught vocational and technical skills to produce manpower for the state’s economy.

“A substantial chunk of the proceeds from the Osun Economic and Investment Summit, which we convened last year, shall be injected into the education sector to produce adequate and qualitative manpower that will transform the economy of the state.

The Guest Lecturer, Prof. Olutayo Adesina of the University of Ibadan, in his lecture titled “The State of Secondary Education in Nigeria: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” urged the government, parents and old students’ associations to rise to the aid of the secondary education in Nigeria.

He said the standard of education before independence was better than what is obtainable after and called for better budgetary allocation for the education sector.

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