Renowned Lawyer, Akintola rallies support for Ajimobi’s education reform initiative

By Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Chief Adeniyi Akintola, has called on residents of Oyo State to support Gov. Abiola Ajimobi in his educational reform programme.

He made the call on Thursday at the I5th anniversary lecture of Premier 93.5 FM held at the Banquet Hall of Premier Hotel in Ibadan.

Akintola said that he was in support of the return of schools to missionaries and private individuals who could run the schools effectively and realistically in order to restore the high standard known to them.
He said that good education should not be sacrificed on the altar of religious bigotry and political manipulation.
“We should all rally round our forward looking governor in this regard rather than demonising or blackmailing him.
“The educational development of our children is too important to the development and progress of our country,” he said.
The popular legal practitioner said that most of the past and present leaders in the country attended missionary schools and upon completion of their studies became great men and women.
Blackface News reports that the state government had introduced an education reform initiative involving public private participatory management of schools which had been rejected by some stakeholders.
Ajimobi, however, had said that the initiative was just a group of people partnering the state government in the development of schools across the state.
The state government had also set up a 31-member Education Reform Committee which has already submitted its recommendations to the government for implementation.
Also introduced by the state government was the “no automatic promotion” policy to prepare students for better performance in external examinations.
The policy stipulated that students would promote from one class to the other only if they scored at least 50 percent in their core courses, including Mathematics and English Language.
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