The Ogun state government says it has begun a “radical decongestion” of public schools, listing 511 public high schools that will be converted into model colleges in the state.
The government said it had started the initiative with 42 flagship schools as model colleges, serving as the first phase with a view to raising the standard of education and encouraging talented students in state public schools.
Ogun State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu, said this during a media chat in Abeokuta about the government’s scorecards in the education sector.
The math professor also explained that operating costs for public elementary and middle schools in the state have increased by 120 percent.
Arigbabu said the government has rehabilitated more than 956 schools; all forms of public school fees abolished; approved N200 million as an Education Trust Fund for infrastructure development in state-owned tertiary institutions, among others.
He said: “We have compiled a list of all the schools that need intervention and towards the end of this. We have renovated 960 schools and we have supplied more than 2,500 tables and chairs to mitigate the effects of the shortage of furniture in our schools. and catch.
“We have also upgraded and rearranged our schools, this is a new initiative in Ogun State, which we call the Flagship School Initiative.
“This initiative means that we are not starting model lectures from scratch, but that we want to turn our lectures into model lectures. What we are going to do is that all 511 high schools in Ogun state could be better model colleges.
“Now that we have 42 of those schools, we want to solve the problem in our education sector. The 42 flagship schools are spread across the state’s three senatorial districts, and entering the school usually involves a screening test.
“We have started working systematically on the flagship schools with the standard of candidates to enter the schools, the quality of the teachers and also in terms of quantities and the unclogging of the population of those schools. Decongestion of the class population is one of our goals in Ogun State. In our flagship schools, there is no class with more than 60 students.
“To achieve this we have set ourselves a target of six years and besides establishing more schools and building more classrooms, we cannot achieve this target and where we are going is to have a maximum of 40 students in a class.”