The Olusegun Mimiko-led government of Ondo State has built 50 Caring Heart Mega Schools since it assumed office in 2009.
The Caring Heart Mega Schools, built and equipped with modern facilities, were constructed by the Mimiko government to meet the standards of child friendly schools as well as provide quality education for students in the state.
Hon. Kayode Akinmade, the state Commissioner for Information,speaking with newsmen in Akure at the weekend, said the aim of the mega schools is to emplace social integration among school children, so as to grow without division of social status.
“This means that the major objective is to close the gap between the rich and the poor in the society,” he said , submitting further that the concept would make the beneficiaries of the Caring Heart Mega Schools able to compete favourably with their counterparts outside the shores of the country.
He said the state government has also embarked on the renovation of 97 primary and 240 secondary schools across the 18 local government areas of the state, while some have also undergone full renovation.
Also, N200 million was released for the State Library Board to purchase modern and relevant textbooks in core subjects to improve and encourage reading culture among the students.
He said 90 free shuttle buses are available across the state, with 44 in the Central Senatorial District, 24 in the Southern and 22 in the Northern Senatorial District, conveying students to and fro their schools.