Ibadan — The Oyo State Government disbursed N396,786,000 as payment of the WAEC fees for of 67,786 candidates in public secondary schools across the state, the State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Adetokunbo Fayokun disclosed today.
In addition, she said, the state government has also released and disbursed over N12million for the payment of arrears of stipends of 123 disengaged volunteer supervisors of education in the state.
The Commissioner made the assertions in Ibadan on Thursday while briefing journalists on the activities of her Ministry at a press conference organized by the State Ministry of Information and Orientation.
According to the Commissioner, the state government in its renewed efforts to provide qualitative and sound tertiary education for the citizenry has been working assiduously to interview and screen qualified applicants for scholarship "while the screening exercise would commence very soon in all the eight educational zones of the state."
She remarked that between August and December last year a sum of N21.9million was paid by the state government under the 2010/2011 Bursary awards s scheme to a total of 219 students of the state origin in the Nigerian Law School.
While emphasizing the commitment of the state government to quality education, the commissioner announced that a total halt has already been put to mass promotion of students in the primary and secondary schools across the state explaining that all students must pass the promotion examination before they could be moved to the next class.
The Commissioner then reiterated the determination of the present administration to address the level of decadence and transform the education sector in the state as she told newsmen that the proposed Oyo State Education Summit would now hold between the 23rd and 24th of this month, during which the Yoruba Trust Fund would also be formally launched.
She said: "The philosophy behind the education summit is education for empowerment. The summit will create a platform for all stakeholders on the Education Sector and the general public to brainstorm and achieve long lasting goals for the sustainable development of the sector. It is also driven by the need for capacity building across all levels of the education sector and the need to drive Private Public Sector partnership and to restore, transform and to reposition this important sector."
The Commissioner used the forum to reassure the public that the proposed upgrading of The Polytechnic, Ibadan to a Technical University would be actualized before the end of this year.