Oyo denies move to privatize public schools

By Ismaila Akanji, Ibadan 

Oyo State Government has debunked the rumours making the rounds that its new policy direction on education is aimed at privatizing its secondary schools.

 This is coming just as it clarified that the proposed partnership with stakeholders would not lead to retrenchment of a single teacher. 

The state government’s position was clarified by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Communication and Strategy, Mr. Yomi Layinka, in Ibadan, on Tuesday. 

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.   

Layinka said that Senator Abiola Ajimobi led government 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 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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