Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has enjoined the parents and guardance in the state to always prioritise the welfare of their children above other considerations.
Aregbesola also called on the people on the need for them to spare no efforts in building greater future for incoming generation, saying the beauty of life lies in the consolidation of solid legacy.
Governor Aregbesola gave the charge while addressing people during the commissioning of three blocks of classrooms of the St. Thomas Elementary/Middle School, Iwoye-Ijesa, built, fully furnished and donated to Osun government by PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc.
The Governor who described education as the most important gift parent can ever give to a child, said no matter what an individual does in life, if he has a good education, he will most likely be better than those who do not.
Aregbesola who recounted greater achievements being recorded by his administration in the education sector, said investment in education of the youth is also an investment in the future of the community.
He said the current government in the state has been unwavering in its commitment to providing quality education for the people of the state, in spite of the financial challenges.
Aregbesola who attributed the feats made in education sector so far to the proper intervention of his government which was in line with the recommendations of the education summit held shortly after he assumed office.
He said his government reclassified primary and secondary schools into three layers of elementary (Primary 1-4), middle (Primary 5-JSS3) and high (SSS1-3) schools in a bid to maximize resources and get the best from what the state has.
Aregbesola said following the dilapidation in the infrastructure of public education, the current government embarked on an ambitious project of building brand new state of the art 100 elementary schools, 50 middle schools and 20 high schools.
He disclosed that the state have since completed 20 Elementary Schools, 22 Middle Schools and 11 High Schools, adding that the gesture was in addition to the other schools being rehabilitated and refurbished which according to him was not less than a total of 1,694 classrooms.
According to him, “Good and decent buildings encourage learning. It has been our experience since building these schools that badly behaved pupils in run down schools started behaving well, the moment they are transferred into the new beautiful schools.
“But beyond these buildings, we have also recruited more than 3,000 teachers to meet up with the shortfall in teaching personnel.
He said before the present cash crunch, his administration increased the running cost on students as against the paltry N200 met, the government pays N400 on pupils in Elementary Schools and N500 for those in the Higher Schools, stressing that there was also timely and adequate supply of modern instructional and learning materials to all schools.
Aregbesola said the motivation for these was to provide quality education through which the state can develop the future generation.
Governor Aregbesola also pointed out that the motivation for the intervention in education has never been religion, just as his government cannot deny that it has a duty to promote the well-being of the people in the three dimensions of man – spirit, soul and body, saying his administration has enhanced all faiths to a reasonable level.
He said, “It is not for government to lead pupils in any religious direction. A child’s religious inclination will always be the duty of parents and the religious institutions”.
The Governor said those who are accusing him of being biased have not been fair but only wanted to spite his government and bring disaffection against the state having neglected the revolution made in education sector.
“It appears they have adopted the paradigm of conflict in interpreting reality. Every act and gesture must fit into the narrow prism of ‘we against them’ in the Hobbesian state of war of all against all. For us, there is no ‘we against them’. There is only one United State of Osun, with common people, language and history, which we share with our Yoruba kit and kins in this country and beyond. Our religious differences do not define us and cannot define us.
“We are conscious of the judgment of history and history will vindicate us. What we are doing is not for today. Our finest moment will be when our pupils are writing external examinations and ready to face the world”, he added.

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