The Oyo State Government has lamented the low turnout in public schools on Monday as the first term of the 2022–2023 academic year got underway.
Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran, executive chairman of the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, also made an appeal to parents and guardians to let their children return to school after inspecting some of the schools in the state.
The Board, according to the Chairman, monitored a few schools in Ibadan, the state capital, to determine how well instructors and students were getting ready for the start of the new academic year in the state.
Additionally, he urged parents in rural areas not to prevent their kids from going to school because of market days.
“So far, we have visited some schools, and we are not really pleased with the student attendance,” Adeniran added. However, we are happy with the teachers’ attendance.
We are taking use of this chance to ask parents and guardians, particularly those in remote areas of the State, to release their wards so they may go back to school, Adeniran added.
“The exercise will continue in the other zones of the state. We visited some schools today, including those in remote areas, like Igbo-elerin in Lagelu LGA, and the turnout of pupils was not impressive.
Adeniran, who monitored the resumption in company of a Full Time member of the Board, Hon. Akeem Oladeji and some Directors, affirmed that teachers have commenced teaching in schools visited.
Adeniran said the essence of the exercise was to further motivate the teachers and pupils for improved performance.
Dr. Adeniran, who called on private investors to help boost the education sector in Oyo State, added that the present Government, under Governor Seyi Makinde encourages development devoid of political undertones.
He made a suggestion that the Board would soon give approval to a Federal Representative who had formally expressed interest in building a block of three classrooms in the same school, even though the State Government had requested bids for the renovation and construction of a storey building with ten classrooms at Islamic Mission Primary School, Odoye, Ibadan North.
Islamic Mission School, 2 and 4, Odoye; IMG Basic School II, Oje-Igosun; Methodist Pry School, Age, Igbo-elerin; and IDC Sagbe, Pabi-ekun are a some of the schools the team visited.
The Joint Promotion Examination in 2022 for Senior Secondary pupils transferring to the next class will now have a new, approved benchmark of fifty percent (50%) as stated by the Commissioner for Education Science and Technology, Barrister Rahman Abiodun Abdu-Raheem.
He said that pass at credit level in either English Language or Mathematics and four (4) other relevant subjects in the area of study is sacrosanct for SS1 and SS2, expected to resume for 2022/2023 academic calendar on Monday 19th September 2022
The Commissioner also affirmed that the Oyo State Government is working earnestly on the payment of grants to schools and the development of infrastructures in schools throughout the State