Category: Oyo State State Universal Basic Education Board

Oyo BESDA Distributes 33 Motorcycles to School Support Officers For Effective Service Delivery

Oyo BESDA Distributes 33 Motorcycles to School Support Officers For Effective Service Delivery

Oyo State Better Education Service Delivery for All Additional Financing -Transforming Education Services Delivery (BESDA AF-TESS), on Wednesday, distributed Thirty -Three Motorcycles to School Support Officers (SSO) across all the local Government areas of the State for easy access to hard to reach schools.

The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Salihu Adelabu while presenting the keys of the motorcycles to school support officers from the beneficiaries MDAs, which includes, TESCOM, SUBEB and Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, at Ministry’s Car Park, Agodi, Secretariat, Ibadan, reiterated the commitment of the present administration to reduce numbers of out of School Children in the State.

Prof. Adelabu noted that the Oyo State Government, with support from the World Bank, is working assiduously to strengthen the educational system in the State and also improve the performances of the students in four key subjects.

The Commissioner explained that the motorcycles will enable the school support officers to cover the schools within the cities and rural areas during monitoring and data gathering in relation to out of school children and other important areas.

He added that part of the agenda of the state government and World Bank under the BESDA project is to ensure there is an improvement in the teaching and learning process of the English language, Mathematics, Science, and Information Communication Technology in public schools in the State.

He revealed that plans are under way to construct a block of classrooms, toilets, and other essential facilities in the selected schools in the State under the BESDA AF- TESS 2024 work plan.

In his remarks, the State’s Coordinator of BESDA-AF-TESS, Dr. Bamidele Odekunle, said the motorcycles distributed are not palliatives but an intervention to improve and strengthen the education system in the State.

He explained that there are four subjects (Mathematics, English Language, ICT, Basic Science and Technology) that need to improve upon across the State.

Odekunle said that the supervisors will be moving round the nooks and crannies of the State to ensure that the teachers handling the four subjects are well tutored and get the required skills for the job.

He hinted that there are some schools that are difficult to reach by vehicles; hence, there is a need for the distribution of the motorcycles to aid easy access and coverage of these schools by designated officers.

He appreciated the Global Partnership for Education and the World Bank for adding value to the education sector of the State, assuring that collective goals of involved partners would be achieved within the stipulated time.

Earlier, the BESDA AF- TESS steering committee had a meeting for the first quarter of the year at the conference room of the ministry of education, where 2023 implementation activities were reviewed.

The meeting had in attendance the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Salihu Adelabu, Chairman, Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), Pastor Akinade Alamu; Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Adeniran; Special Adviser to the Governor on Education Intervention, Oloye Suraj Tiamy and a host of others.

 

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MoES&T

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“Consider The Future of Our Pupils”, OYOSUBEB Tells Church with Cemetery On School Land

The Oyo State Government has appealed to the leadership of a church that shares boundary with St. Paul’s Primary School, Odo ona, Ibadan to consider the future of pupils, and stop leasing the school’s open land as burial sites.

Recall that, the Oyo State Government in September 2023 issued a directive against the erection of structures on open spaces within schools in the State, describing it as illegal.

The disclosure was made today by the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran during a monitoring exercise of resumption in the State.

The Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board dispatched teams across basic schools to monitor the resumption of students for the second term.

At the school, located in Odo-ona, Ibadan, the Chairman and his team noted that the church, apart from encroaching on the available space, built graves close to classrooms.

Adeniran said that, beyond the space left for the school, the presence of the cemetery in a school premises is an issue the Board cannot live with.

“It was gathered that the church that shares land space with the school just started encroaching on the school space, leasing the available land as a burial ground”, he said.

“Hence, it is unfair that the siting of the school and its pupils did not matter to the church, making the school and the burial site share a very close boundary”.

“In one of the classrooms, a look through the window by the pupils would mean a look into the world of the dead because of the close proximity”, Adeniran lamented.

Adeniran continued, “For a school that has a functional cemetery as its neighbour, that means witnessing burial rites has become a part of the learning process for the pupils”.

Dr. Adeniran therefore instructed the Education Secretary, Ibadan South-West, Mrs. Morenike Adeniran and other Local Government Universal Basic Education Authority staff members to meet with the Vicar of the church.

While monitoring other schools within the Ibadan metropolis, Dr. Adeniran explained that the Oyo State Government has warned Headteachers against late resumption.

He however expressed satisfaction with the compliance of teachers in schools monitored, appealing to parents to release their children, as school activities have begun.

Speaking earlier at St. Paul’s Primary school, a Community leader, Rev. Julius Oguns said the land title bears the name of the school and not the church.

He appealed to the Oyo State Government to wade into the matter, as pupils are being exposed to unwholesome views of the cemetery in a learning environment.

Schools monitored were, St. Paul’s Primary School, Gada-Apata, Odo ona, Ibadan; Christ the King Catholic School, Odo ona; Community Model Basic School, Elewura.

Others are St. John School 1& 2, Aremo; Methodist Basic School I&II, Agodi, Ibadan among others.

 

 

Media Team, 

Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board,

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