By Yinka Kolawole
The Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, has directed the nine-man committee on the repositioning of tertiary institutions in the state to verify the implementation of reforms initiated by the administration in the four state-owned tertiary institutions.
Inaugurating the committee in Osogbo recently, Aregbesola said it is the desire of the government to put a stop to secondary school students’ yearly poor performance in external examinations, adding that the time is ripe for something to be done urgently to ensure that the performance of pupils reflect the massive investment in education by the government.
The nine-man committee called ‘Committee on the Repositioning of State-owned Tertiary Institutions’ is headed by the acting Vice-Chancellor of the Bola Ige University, Osogbo, Prof. Oguntola Alamu.
Members of the committee are Prof. Olasupo Oladipo, Prof. Layi Afgbenle, Prof. Ajeyalemi, Dr. Yemi Adegoke; Mr. Abimbola Daniyan; Mr. Niyi Akande, Mr. Tunde Ajiboye and Solicitor General and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Abiola Adewemimo.
The governor charged the committee to verify the implementation of all reforms, which government initiated in the four state-owned tertiary institutions, including Adeyemi Oyedotun College of Education Ila-Orangun; Lawrence Omole College of Education, Ilesha; Sunday Afolabi Polytechnic, Iree and Bisi Akande College of Technology, Esa-Oke.
“The realisation of poor performance of our students over a decade compelled us to ask the tertiary institutions to offer remedial courses so that more of our students can be matriculable. Your committee is therefore to verify progress on the implementation of all reforms we have initiated in the four institutions in focus.
“If you find any shortcoming or deficiency in the implementation of the reform, don’t hesitate to immediately correct it. What we want is colleges of education and polytechnics that will be involved in the present and future of the communities that play host to the institutions. It will however be sad if these institutions are not interested in the future of the communities hosting them.”
Aregbesola also directed the committee to carry out staff audit of academic and non-academic staff of these institutions to be sure that the available resources at the schools are being judiciously used.
He also urged the committee, which has two weeks to complete its task, to look into the curriculum and course of study in the institutions, adding that his administration wants to be sure that the institutions are properly set up to inculcate the kind of education the society desires to grow and progress.
In his response, the chairman of the committee said the government’s efforts directed towards revitalising education is solid, but will take time to yield results.
He said the remedial and basic studies would serve as short-term solution to mitigating the trend of failure, adding that parents and students need to be re-orientated to stop encouraging or supporting their wards to cut corners in external examinations henceforth.
“This committee will do all in its capacity to make sure government policies and projects are better implemented. On the need for vocational training, we will ensure that the institutions train people to be self-reliant in basic skills they need to function in the society. If this can’t be done, it means we have failed as institutions,” Oguntola said.