By Akeeb Alarape, Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has described the Â speculation that the restructuring and reforms being carried out inÂ owned tertiary institutions are aimed at witch hunting a segment of
the state.Rather, he noted that the idea behind the reform exercise was not toÂ witch-hunt but to bring up the quality of the lecturers, saying hisÂ administration will not do anything that will purposely inflict pains
on workers, citizens and residents of the state.
Aregbesola stated this during the official commissioning of N140mÂ E-Library and N34.4m Ultra-Modern Lecture Hall of Osun State CollegeÂ of Education, (OSSCE), Ila-Orangun.
He pointed out that the era when graduates from colleges of educationÂ will be looking for employments in other sectors will soon be over inÂ the state.
He lamented that such amount to a loss for government and a waste ofÂ time for the students when it happens.
â€ŽThe governor held that to discontinue with the practice of the past,Â hence the need for the restructuring of the school to have less freshÂ intakes but include retraining for teachers as part of its coreÂ mission.
He added that Polytechnics and Colleges of Education will henceforthÂ organise remedial instructions for secondary school leavers preparingÂ for SSCE retake and admissions into higher institutions.
He said, “You will all agree that there have been many innovations inÂ education and those still teaching with the knowledge they acquired 20Â years ago have fallen behind time.
“We must also improve the quality of our teachers, if we want toÂ improve the quality of education we are giving to the young ones. ThisÂ puts to rest the false, unfounded and malicious speculation that the
government is closing down these schools.
â€Ž”The reforms must also bring up the quality of the lecturers.Â I mustÂ also add that the government has no intention of witch-hunting orÂ victimising anyone for his or her religious, political or ideological
“What we are trying to do is to ensure everyone is qualified and fitsÂ into the bigger picture of the holistic education we are providing inÂ the state,” The Governor emphasised.â€Ž
â€ŽAregbesola added that a reasonable measure of freedom must exist inÂ any academic community to be able to bring out the best in the facultyÂ and students, stressing that he as a product of academic freedom
cannot therefore poison the well from which he drank.
He however stated that freedom carries responsibility and thatÂ responsibility begins with critical self-examination.