Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State

Reasons we shut over 600 schools in Osun State: Commissioner

*The Osun State Government of Nigeria discloses it has shut over 600 substandard private schools, saying ‘we have zero tolerance for quacks in the system and schools that do not meet the required standard’

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The Osun State Government has disclosed that it shut more than 600 private nursery and primary schools operating without the ‘minimum standard requirements’ in the state.

Folorunso Oladoyin Bamisayemi, Honourable Commissioner for Education, stated this during an inter-ministerial press conference organised by the Ministry of Information and Civic Orientation Wednesday, June 9 in Osogbo, the state capital.

The Commissioner said the recent closure of the affected schools was part of the government’s effort at sanitising the education sector.

Hon. Bamisayemi stated: “We have declared war on mushroom schools.

“We have zero tolerance for quacks in the system and schools that do not meet the required standard.”

“We know the danger of mushroom schools, because once the education foundation of a child is destroyed, it becomes difficult to build a solid structure on it.”

He also disclosed that it is now compulsory for a school to have a Teacher’s Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) certificate, among other requirements to qualify to teaching in schools in the state.

Implementing the food support scheme in Osun

Olalekan Badmus, Honourable Commissioner for Regional Integration and Special Duties, likewise said the government was feeding more than 30,000 vulnerable persons monthly under its food support scheme.

Hon. Badmus noted that Osun State has spent over N100 million on the food support scheme every month.

The Commissioner said: “The vulnerable in the society are also a major concern for the governor, and that was how the issue of Osun Food Support Scheme came to be, with 30,000 people benefitting from the scheme monthly.

“We have ensured the credibility of the scheme through reliance on the World Bank verified social register to identify the vulnerable.”

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