By Demola Akinyemi
COMMISSIONER for Education and Human Capital Development, Kwara State, Alhaji Musa Yeketi, has said that the ministry, under his leadership has been able to restore confidence in public schools in the state based on the fresh strategies he adopted when he resumed office over a year ago.
Yeketi who said this while speaking in an interview with journalists in Ilorin said this development made the state come first in 2016 among the 36 states of the federation in the assessment of National Council of Education, while Sokoto and Jigawa states had also sent representatives to Kwara State to understudy how the ministry was getting it right.
He explained that on resumption as the commissioner, he and other top officials of the ministry had embarked on daily supervision of the schools across the state, to ensure that the teachers and students are kept in the schools contrary to situation before he assumed office.
According to him, ”We are always out from the beginning of 2016 to the end, moving from one school to another to find out whether the teachers are actually doing their job or the students are in the schools.”
Confidence in the public schools
“This action has actually put all the teachers on their toes, they find it very difficult not to go to schools because a number of teachers have been sanctioned. And when we came in, those that were working in the rural areas, they always divided themselves into two, some would go this day, some the other day, but that has stopped now.
You asked me what is the effect of this action? If you move round to our schools now there have been improvement in the turnout of schools, parents are now having confidence in the public schools unlike before. To add more to it, is this recession matter, a lot of parents are now withdrawing their children from private schools because they cannot afford the fee again and because they are having confidence, teachers are now doing their job and they are doing it very well so the turnout in schools have increased”
Yeketi also said that he thereafter challenged the teachers and other stakeholders to return their wards to public schools since they believed in the improved performances of students in the public schools which they promptly did. He said, ”most of the teachers don’t even have their children in public schools,we talk to them, you are already killing the public school, you are a qualified teacher, yet your child is not here. How do you want other people to bring in their child?”