In line with its free education policy, the Oyo state government is to produce about 64,000 units of school furniture for distribution to public schools in the state.
The state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Kehinde Sangodoyin, dropped the hint on Tuesday during his visit to the Community Grammar School, Alapata, Onireke, Ibadan.
Ogundoyin disclosed that the planned distribution of the furniture was a demonstration of the commitment of the present administration in providing conducive learning environment and aid students’ academic performance in public schools across the state.
“The state government will soon get the delivery of 64,000 units of furniture that will be distributed to secondary schools across the state to ease the rigors encountered by our students during their learning exercise,” he said.
Sangodoyin added that an atmosphere where students did not have suitable furniture will be inimical to learning activities and declared that production of the items were already at finishing point as the State gave the work to those that would make quality furniture that would stand the test of time and usage.
“We want to do away with the old mercantile education approach where students were asked to bring their own furniture from home; the present government has introduced a wholesale free education policy and as you can see, we are walking the talk. No one is exploiting the students anymore, we have distributed free textbooks and notebooks and the welfare of the teachers is taken care of monthly.
“We are charging you teachers to please return this gesture. Most of you have your children among these students and will want them to be successful as well; make sure you exhibit good moral standard before them so they may emulate same. The problem our society is facing today is as a result of poor parental and teachers’ attitude to the students. The parents have seen their own faults, let teachers be good mentors to their students as well.”