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Oyo govt denies privatising schools

…Says no teacher will be sacked

IBADAN—THE Oyo State Government has debunked insinuations that its new policy direction on education is aimed at privatizing its secondary schools, just as it clarified that the proposed partnership with stakeholders would not lead to retrenchment of a single teacher.

The government’s position was conveyed at a news conference by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Communication and Strategy, Mr. Yomi Layinka, in Ibadan, yesterday

Other stakeholders at the press briefing were the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Aderonke Makanjuola; and her counterpart in the Information and Culture ministry, Dr. Bashir Olanrewaju.

The government’s representatives said the press conference was called to allay the fears of members of the public who have been fed with what he called half truth and outright falsehood by a few uninformed individuals and organizations.

As a governor elected on the popular mandate of the people for a historic second term, Layinka said Senator Abiola Ajimobi would not take any decision that would be against the overriding interest of the public.

He explained that the government only responded to clarion calls by religious leaders, missionaries, old students’ associations and communities to partner with it in the management of few of the schools, which they originally owned.

Layinka said, “We are only going into partnership with these bodies who might meet the criteria for return of such schools. We are not selling our schools. In fact, we might end up returning not more than 20 out of our 631 secondary schools that were originally owned by missionaries and communities.



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