By Gbenga Olarinoye
Osun State Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Jelili Adesiyan, has blamed the poor performance of students of the state origin in the last WAEC and NECO on the past administration of Chief Adebisi Akande.
Speaking with newsmen, yesterday, at a press briefing on the activities of his ministry in the last one year, Adesiyan noted that the decay in the education sector was inherited by the present administration.
Akande was elected in 1999 as Governor of the state on the ticket of the Alliance for Democracy (AD). He was defeated in 2003 by the incumbent, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola of the PDP.
According to the Commissioner, the rot in the educational sector in the state, which was allegedly created by Akandeâ€™s administration six years ago, is yet to be completely cleared by the present administration.
In his words, â€œThat was the period danger represented peace in the state. That was the period science schools only existed by names.â€
That was the period the school buildings were delapidated. That was the period Teachers lost their jobs and the morale of those left were at the lowest ebb.â€
He, however, stated that the coming into the office of Prince Oyinlola in 2003 saved the situation from further degeneration that would have spelt doom for the state.
The Commissioner disclosed that Governor Oyinlola upon assumption of office took the bull by the horn when he started the process of reconstruction of the dilapidated buildings and teachers who lost their jobs were recalled while new ones were also employed.
Alhaji Adesiyan stated that in no distant future efforts of the present administration would start yielding positive dividends through the results from various examinations by the students in the public schools.