Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State

Aregbesola absolves Osun of witch hunt, religious bias in education reforms

By Akeeb Alarape, Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has described the  speculation that the restructuring and reforms being carried out in 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 to witch-hunt but to bring up the quality of the lecturers, saying his 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 N140m E-Library and N34.4m Ultra-Modern Lecture Hall of Osun State College of Education, (OSSCE), Ila-Orangun.

He pointed out that the era when graduates from colleges of education will be looking for employments in other sectors will soon be over in the state.

He lamented that such amount to a loss for government and a waste of time for the students when it happens.

‎The governor held that to discontinue with the practice of the past, hence the need for the restructuring of the school to have less fresh intakes but include retraining for teachers as part of its core mission.

He added that Polytechnics and Colleges of Education will henceforth organise remedial instructions for secondary school leavers preparing for SSCE retake and admissions into higher institutions.
He said, “You will all agree that there have been many innovations in education and those still teaching with the knowledge they acquired 20 years ago have fallen behind time.

“We must also improve the quality of our teachers, if we want to improve the quality of education we are giving to the young ones. This puts to rest the false, unfounded and malicious speculation that the
government is closing down these schools.

‎”The reforms must also bring up the quality of the lecturers.  I must also add that the government has no intention of witch-hunting or victimising anyone for his or her religious, political or ideological
leaning.
“What we are trying to do is to ensure everyone is qualified and fits into the bigger picture of the holistic education we are providing in the state,” The Governor emphasised.‎

‎Aregbesola added that a reasonable measure of freedom must exist in any academic community to be able to bring out the best in the faculty 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 that responsibility begins with critical self-examination.

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