The Oyo State Government has collaborated with the University of Ibadan on joint inspection of all public schools in the state to ensure quality control, the state Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Adetokunbo Fayokun has disclosed. The commissioner, who made the disclosure in a statement issued in Ibadan yesterday, also said the state had begun to reap the dividends of the education summit organized earlier in the year by her ministry.
She said some of the recommendations made by the summit had been implemented, adding that there had been marked improvement in the education sector. Parts of the recommendations, which had been implemented, according to him, were the introduction of extension classes and unified mock examinations for SSS III students, as well as stoppage of mass promotions in public schools.
The commissioner also said that contract had been awarded for additional 100,000 school furniture aside the 17,000, which had been distributed in the first phase, stating that no fewer than 2, 000 schools had so far been renovated. She also said government had paid WAEC fees of all SSS III students, while teachers’ promotion, which had been stagnated since 2006, had been effected. All these, the commissioner said, had impacted positively on the performance of students in public examinations, particularly WAEC and NECO.
For instance, Fayokun said there had been improvement in the state ranking in WAEC examinations from 34th position to 23rd position within nine months.