BY LEKE ADESERI, South West Regional Editor & DAYO JOHNSON
AKURE — SENATOR Iyiola Omisore, weekend, described as regressive and confusing the merging of schools in Osun State by Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
The former senator from Osun East in the National Assembly, said the action was a reflection of lack of administrative qualities.
Omisore spoke in Akure after paying condolence visit to Chief Olu Falae on the death of his son, Deji in a plane crash recently.
He said that the merger of schools “is unfortunate to be happening to us in the 21st century. I believe that it is a sign of lack of content and lack of in-depth administrative qualities in the area of education.
“Now schools are being merged, schools of different cultures, different backgrounds, some are males only, some females only; they are now being merged under the guise of educational policy.
“I think that is a start of gangsterism, activism, I think the government is under siege; it is confused.”
According to the former deputy governor: “The people have the right to protest the merger because it is against their wish and aspiration particularly, when in many states, schools are being returned to the missions.
Omisore boasted that, “I am telling you, we are going to eject the young man out of the Government House in 2014 by God’s grace.
He’s ignorant of the issues — Osun govt
In a swift reaction, the state government through the Director of Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon said it is sad that Senator Omisore is unaware of issues surrounding ownership of schools: “The structures that we met were so bad that we decided that we were not going to allow it. Some schools were beyond repairs and were evident reasons of the mass failure in public examinations.
“Even if we wanted to repair them, they were so bad that repairing them would amount to sheer waste of our scarce resources.
“The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO, says there must not be more than 1,000 students in a school. Beyond that, the management of the school will be difficult.
“Conscious of this fact, we decided that we should build schools with all facilities for children’s development –mental, physical and psycho- motor, in a given place to give value to investment.
“Omisore’s incoherent, uncoordinated attack on the education reforms in Osun only demonstrates his penchant and those of his cohorts for the kind of educational standards that his party sustained in order to keep the bulk of our people totally relegated and weakened to be productive enough for the society.
“Selfish in their actions, parochial in their thoughts, Omisore and the culture he represents would never see anything good in people-focused, development-oriented educational policies that seek to make a total, independent man out of an Osun child.
“Did this former senator ever bother about the statistics of performance of students in Osun to have the correct figures. We are happy to educate him that in 2009, Osun was 34th; in 2010 before this administration came in, Osun was 32nd, but the first examination conducted in 2011 after the emergence of this administration and a quick intervention, Osun came to 18th position in the country which still remains unacceptable. So, we challenge Omisore to come out with his statistics and where he sourced it from.
“We must add here that it is obvious that Omisore was jolted by the royal endorsement of the Aregbesola educational reforms in Osun by his monarch, Oba Okunade Sijuwade.” Coming on a day that national dailies reported Omisore’s traditional ruler as commending the education reforms and restructuring, describing it as the best thing that is happening to the state, Omisore has certainly lost touch with his root as he seeks to fault his traditional ruler over his honest assessment of the current trend in education in Osun.