Determined to ensure quality control and ensure standard in service delivery of educational institutions, the Ogun State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, has come up with a policy that approved private educational institutions apply for re-accreditation every five years.
Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Segun Awonusi, disclosed this in an address presented on his behalf by the Director, Secondary Education, Mr. R.A. Koleade, at the 10th Graduation ceremony of Taidob College, Asero Estate, Abeokuta.
Proprietors of private institutions, he noted, should endeavour to plough back some of their gains and profit to develop their schools to adequate standard.
He said that the state administration realized that government alone cannot bear the burden of providing functional, qualitative and free education, saying that it would continue to encourage private participation in the delivery of secondary education in the state.
Prof Awonusi reiterated that the ministry was committed to sanitising the system and ensure that only credible and worthy schools are allowed to operate. He urged the proprietor and management of Taidob College to continue to ensure a condusive learning and teaching environment by providing required infrastructural facilities, qualified teaching and non-teaching staff as well as follow approved curriculum.
The commissioner, who counseled parents not to allow their business interest override the responsibility of giving their children adequate attention, love and care, urged the students to shun social vices such as examination malpractice, hooliganism, sexual harassment, cultism and drug abuse.
In his speech on the occasion, the Proprietor of the College, Dr. Yomi Jiboku expressed gratitude to God for the achievement recorded by the school since inception.
He disclosed that the school had an overall percentage pass of 90.6 per cent in the 2007 West African Schools Certificate Examination (WASSCE), while the students have also excelled in a number of competitions. Highlight of the occasion was the conferment of fellow of the college on three distinguished personalities.
The awardees include; Osile of Oke-One Egba Oba (Dr) Adedapo Tejuosho, Director General National Bio Technology Development Agency (NADBA) Abuja, Prof. Bamidele Solomon and Arc. Olatokunbo Fowode, a renowned educationist and Rector, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta.
Meanwhile, Pearson Longman Nigeria Plc, a leading publishing house is set to stock libraries in three selected educational institutions in Ogun State.
The firm has also planned to establish a library at the precinct of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
This disclosure was made by the Executive District Manager (West) Pearson-Longman Nigeria Plc, Mr. Taye Sogbesan when he led a delegation on a courtesy visit to the State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology. Prof Segun Awonusi in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
Mr. Sogbesan said that the company as a responsible social outfit felt the need to give back to the society, adding that this was what motivated the gesture.
Responding, Prof Awonusi commended the firm's management for associating with the state in its efforts to move education forward.
He stated that Pearson Longman Nigeria Plc is a renowned publishing firm which has carved a niche for itself through the quality of its products.