Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, yesterday, said the inauguration of the school governing boards (SGBs) for the 643 state-owned secondary tertiary institutions would reinforce his administration’s achievements in the education sector.
The governor also declared that all the policies introduced by his government in the education sector have been yielding positive results.
He was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun, at the event, which held at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa, quoted the governor as adding that the policies of his administration have also brought about the qualitative and sound education system currently being enjoyed in the state.
According to him, the programmes have led to improved access to quality education “as evident in the drastic reduction in the number of out-of-school children and enrolment explosion in public schools, as well as improvement in learning outcomes, among others.”
Makinde, who stated that the state government was leveraging the SGBs as a broad-based participatory management structure in the learning institutions, observed that the move “is a means of attracting alternative funding sources for education in the state.”
He added that it would also be a means of ensuring prudence and transparency in the utilisation of available scarce resources for maximum impact.
His words: “It is a great honour to stand here before you today (yesterday) as we inaugurate the distinguished members of the Oyo State School Governing Boards for all the 643 secondary schools in our dear Pacesetter state.”
“You will recall that at the inception of this administration in 2019, we expressed our desire not only to improve the quality of education available in the state, but also to make it easily accessible to all, irrespective of social backgrounds.
“We also made it known that we shall require and encourage greater involvement of willing and interested public and private sector stakeholders in the joint management of our schools.
“I am happy to inform you that all policies we have instituted to improve access to quality education have been yielding great dividends.”