Committee seeks reversal of single uniform in Osun public schools




Oyetola

The committee on education reform put in place by Governor Gboyega Oyetola to review education system in Osun state has recommended reversal of single uniform in public secondary and primary schools in the state.

The immediate past governor of the state, Rauf Aregbesola, after the education summit, recommended same school uniform for public schools.

The policy had generated reactions as it was believed in some quarters that it made it difficult to identify deviant students.

Submitting the report to Governor Oyetola on Monday, the panel recommended a reversal of the single school uniform regime and return to the 6-3-3-4 education system in line with the National Education Policy.

The chairman of the panel, Professor Oluremi Aina, presented the report to the governor at the government secretariat.

Governor Oyetola appreciated the committee for its painstaking effort and promised that government would act on the report without delay.

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

“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.

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