Written by Godfrey AKON

Aregbesola calls for review of Nigeria’s educational system

Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, has called for a review of the colonial system of education bequeathed to Nigeria to make it more responsive to the needs of the society.

 Aregbesola made the call recently in Abuja during a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro.

The governor said Osun state had restructured its school system since 2011 into elementary, middle and high schools to properly prepare students for tertiary education.

He stressed that tertiary education is unrealistic without a proper foundation in primary and secondary schools, which is why a lot of remodelling of basic education was being carried out in Osun State.

According to him, his administration also embarked on the construction of eleven higher schools and several basic schools as well as introduced a school feeding programme to cater for the educational and health needs of the pupils.

While stressing the health and academic benefits enjoyed by children under the school feeding programme, he said economic gains were also brought to those employed to do the job as well as food suppliers in the state.

Aregbesola said Osun state was strengthening the relevance of higher education to the immediate society, adding that the curriculum and programmes of universities, polytechnics and colleges of education must be designed to suit the environment such that the institutions directly impact on the society.

He also called on TETFund to increase its intervention to tertiary institutions in the state as his government had heavily invested in basic education, leaving nothing to carry out similar interventions in tertiary institutions.

Responding, the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Bogoro, lauded the school feeding programme initiated by the governor which has inspired moves by the Federal Government to implement a similar programme in all states of the federation.

 

He pledged the commitment of TETFund to increase interventions in tertiary institutions in Osun state as priority areas solicited by the governor for projects were already being noted by the fund.  

 

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