Group lauds new Oyo education policy, urges transparency

A non-governmental group, the Future Leaders Assembly (FLA), on Wednesday, commended Oyo State government for its efforts that brought about the white paper on the report of the committee on participatory management of schools.

The group described the move as the right step to end the decay in the educational sector in the state.

FLA, in a statement signed by its chairman, Bowale Hassan, also commended the government for the establishment of School Governing Boards (SGB) for public schools in the state, adding that this would make management of schools easier and raise the bar on the standard of education in the state.

The group, however, urged that every individual involved in the process should embrace the principles of accountability, fairness and transparency.

“Government, SGB members and parents should know that transparency is a key factor in determining the success of government programmes and policy.

“Also, parents’ support is essential to ensure that the white paper is implemented and the SGB model succeeds. They have been asked to continue the payment of N1000 levy and the government has assured that the fund is meant for the development of schools. We believe that parents need to contribute their quota to the revival of education in the state.

“While it is understandable that the N1000 may be difficult for some parents to afford, we appeal to them to strive to contribute their quota to the success of the education of their wards,” FLA stated.