Osun: UNICEF Lauds Return To 6-3-3-4 Education System, Pledges Support

…says  pace set by state  noticed within and outside Nigeria

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has commended the State Government of Osun under the leadership of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, for the recent education reforms in the State, especially the reversal from 4-5-3-4 to the 6-3-3-4 system.
UNICEF Field Officer in Akure Nigeria, Dr.Tushar Rene, in a letter to the state government, congratulated the State for the bold step taken to reverse the education system from 4-5-3-4 to 6-3-3-4.
Dr. Rene also commended the state government for the reintroduction of Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) which he described as necessary for remarkable brain development.
In his words, “the commencement of the ECDE in the state is a good development. It is a right, recognised in the Convention of the Rights of a Child, which has been ratified by almost all countries of the world.
“Early childhood is a time of remarkable brain development, and any investment in this area yields very high economic returns, offsetting disadvantage and inequality especially for children from poor families.”
Dr. Rene, pledging the agency’s support for the state government, said that: “UNICEF Nigeria will continue to support State of Osun’s Ministry, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of Education.
“In strengthening  the state Education Information Management System (EMIS) and installation of UNESCO’s Institute of Statistics Software to facilitate data management for the conduct of annual school census, UNICEF also promised to provide technical support to conduct household survey on out-of-school children,  technical support for institutionalisation of schools support officers at LGAs level to monitor and mentor teachers as well as technical support on implementation of Early Childhood Development Education.”
Dr. Rene commended the Governor Oyetola-led administration for its continued implementation of social protection programmes in the State of Osun, stating that “the pace set by the State is not unnoticed within and outside Nigeria”.

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Policy Review: Oyetola has given Osun education a rebirth – IPAC

…as Governor renews commitment to human, capital development

The leadership of the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) on Tuesday, said with the review of some education policies in the State of Osun, the administration of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola has given education a rebirth.
IPAC commended the State government for demonstrating high sense of commitment and courage to rejig some policies in the state’s education system.

The Chairman of the Committee, Pastor Olatunji Popoola, who stated this during a courtesy call on the governor at his office in Abere, Osogbo maintained that the action was in fulfilment of Governor Oyetola’s pledge to run a participatory and all-inclusive government. He noted that the governor had renewed and re-registered his acceptance and support in the minds of the citizens.

“I must say with all sense of responsibility and sincerity that your resolution on the education policy is a welcome development. You have given Osun education a rebirth and the people of our dear state would continue to be grateful to you for doing the needful even when it is perceived impossible,” Popoola said. 
He further said: “We want to commend you and your government for all you have been doing since your government came on board. One thing that is germane is the maintenance of peace. You have taken the issue of security to the front burner of policy formulation and implementation.
“Also, your steadiness and consistency in the payment of full salaries to all categories of workers including pensioners can never be over-emphasized inspite of the meagre resources to the state. We recognize your tremendous achievements in all sectors. We value your contribution to build a better future for our state, and this and many more have been the inspiration behind our support and cooperation to your government.

“As you can see, we are people of credible track records, we don’t just praise, we praise when it is required, and for us to applaud you, it shows that you are doing excellently well. Since you came, your activities have shown leadership, capacity and commitment to good governance. Though cool, calm and gentle, but you are steady in the running of the affairs of the state, and this has always given us a courage to extend our support to you”.

Popoola pledged the group’s unalloyed support for the government, noting that in as much as the government continues to fulfill its promises to the people, the association would continue to support the government and put in its best towards the upliftment of the state.

“We are not apologetic to any person in as much as what you are doing is in the interest of the generality of the people. We will continue to support you, we are friends of the government, we are going to work, we are going to remain loyal and we are going to contribute our quota to advance the economy of our state,” he added. In his response, Governor Oyetola, expressed gratitude to the leadership of IPAC  for being the bulwark of development and growth for the State.

He lauded the leadership and members of the group for identifying with the government and reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to continue to ensure human-capital and infrastructural development in all strata of the economy.

Governor Oyetola who appealed to members of the group to maintain their integrity as noble and credible individuals, said “you must continue to see yourselves as stakeholders in the affairs of the state.
“You must contribute your quota to the development of our state. I commend your support. I noticed your collective and individual’s contributions, and I will continue to see you as collaborators in governance.
“As a government, we shall continue to do the needful and we will not renege on our promise to run a participatory, all inclusive and people-oriented government”, the governor said.

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Education Policy Review: Osun reverses single uniform, mixed schools, 4-5-3-4, Retains Opon Imo

The State Government of Osun, has announced the adoption of new education policies in the State, reversing the extant 4-5-3-4 policy to the 6-3-3-4 system, while also setting aside the single uniform regime.
But it retained Opon Imo, otherwise known as Tablet of Knowledge.
This was made known at the Press Briefing jointly addressed by the Honorable Commissioners for Information and Civic Orientation, and Education, Mrs. Funke Egbemode and Mr. Olayinka Oladoyin Folorunsho respectively, on behalf of the Government after the State Executive Council meeting, held on Monday 2nd March 2020.
Mrs. Egbemode announced that the decision was reached after an exhaustive  deliberation on the report of the Education Panel set up by the Governor to review some of the extant education practices and policies. She said that the Council unanimously agreed on the ten issues raised in the report and accepted the recommendations.
“The Council approved the recommendations to revert to the 6-3-34 structure in keeping with the provision of National Policy on Education as this will entail adequate physical and instructional facilities at all levels; adequate provision in quantity and quality of well-motivated teachers at all levels”, Egbemode reported.
She further stated that “the Council agreed that the state government will do well to allow every school return to its old established and recognized public uniform.
“The Council observed that the Omoluabi Education Services Limited is not performing the duties, roles and obligations expected and it was approved that the operation of Omoluabi Education Services Limited be wound up since it has not been fulfilling the mandates for which it was established. 
“It was also agreed that Early Childhood Care Development Education (ECCDE) in line with the practice in the 35 other states in Nigeria be restored,” Mrs. Egbemode added.
Other decisions reached  were the reversal of schools to their former status, whereby only single sex identified with those school names should be admitted while students already affected by the name change should be issued letter of attestation by the ministry of education and male students who are currently in SS1 and SS2 in schools established for female learners only should be relocated immediately and vice-versa.
It was stated that the Council also approved  the reversal of ‘High School’ to the old nomenclature ‘Grammar School’.
Similarly, the Council also approved the need for government to strengthen the technical and vocational education/training by upgrading structure and facilities of government Technical Colleges for effective service delivery, while Opon-Imo otherwise known as tablet of knowledge will be retained and restructured to serve the purpose it was meant for.

Moderating the briefing, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, Mr Ismail Omipidan, noted that the speculations about the policy being a jab at the former administration was not correct, stating that the new policies are the government’s response to the yearnings of the people which the governor holds sacred.

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Education Policy: Gov. Oyetola Receives Panel’s report.

The Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, has said his administration is resolved to re-positioning the State for the betterment of all the citizens, saying that he is committed to securing future of the children and those unborn. He said government remains committed to improving every sector as its policies and programmes are driven by citizens’ needs.

Governor Oyetola stated these on Monday while receiving the report of the panel of the Education Policy Review Roundtable Summit at the Governor’s Office, Abere, Osogbo.

The Governor had earlier constituted the Panel led by a renowned educationist, Professor Olu Aina, to look at some extant education policies in the State, with a mandate to review and come up with workable recommendations that could further improve the State’s education system.

Quoting a renowned American author, John C. Maxwell, who has written many books on leadership, Oyetola, who noted that ‘a man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them,’ further said every responsible and responsive government must make people’s demands the basis of its policies and implementation.

He added that the need to review the education policy was informed by the people’s yearnings and aspirations, saying the government would ensure full implementation of whatever that will improve the lots of the people and protect the future of the children.

“It was our desire to hearken to the yearnings and aspirations of the citizenry that necessitated this review in the first instance.

“As a government, our policies and programmes are driven by citizens’ needs. These needs which were further validated by the United Kingdom Department for International Development’s (DFID)- funded Citizens Needs Assessment exercise in Osun, were harvested during the Thank You Tour/Town Hall Meetings, where the people told us in plain language that they wanted some aspects of our educational policies removed, adjusted or improved upon.

“That was what led to the Policy Review Roundtable Summit, the report of which we are receiving today. We are prepared to do what will improve the lots of our people and protect the future of our children.

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Osun Education Panel submitting its report to the Governor of the State of Osun,

“As a leader therefore, I am conscious of the need to be just and fair to all manner of people regardless of their leanings in the discharge of my duties. This I will always uphold.

“Finally, let me once again thank the Chairman and members of the Policy Review Panel for investing their time in the future of our children and those unborn.

“Rest assured that your efforts will not be in vain. We will be swift and proactive in debating it at our level with a view to implementing the recommendations without any further delay”, Oyetola added.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the panel, Professor Olu Aina, said the panel had painstakingly reviewed and addressed all education-related issues with a view to “strengthening the delivery of quality and affordable education in response to the wishes and yearnings of the people of the State.”

He 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 structure.

Prof. Aina added that the creation of “the 4-5-3-4 and the Middle School are unknown to the National Policy on Education (NPE). “

While recommending the retaining of Opon Imo, with some medications, other issues X-rayed by the panel are: policy of mixing male and female pupils in schools established for single sex students and desirability of retaining the posts of Head Masters General and Tutors General in the rank of Permanent Secretary among others.

“The issues were subjected to comprehensive and critical review; they were individually discussed in consideration of situating the education policies of the State of Osun within the context of the overall national education policy and global best practices, and especially considering the interest of students and their parents. “Even though education is on the concurrent legislative list of the Constitution of Nigeria, a state policy should be closely aligned to, and flow from the National Policy so that products of our education policy and practice are not disadvantaged,” Prof. Aina added.

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