In a bid to ensuring that Ogun regains its enviable leadership position in the education sector, the State government plans to reposition the scope and operations of model schools across the State.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary and Secondary Education, Mrs. Ronke Soyombo disclosed this during a strategic meeting with stakeholders of the selected 31 models schools with boarding facilities in the state, to brainstorm on issues affecting the schools and forging way forward, towards development of the education sector.
Mrs. Soyombo noted that the model schools, which cut across the four divisions of the State, needed face-lifting of a modern day boarding facility, to encourage parents enrolling their wards boarding house, in order to foster independence, build strong connection and character development of students.
“Students become more disciplined and independent while in the boarding house; they easily build strong connection, thereby producing deep and meaningful relationships. It is important to note that boarding house encourages cultural competence, instill passion, character development and discourage distractions”, she said.
The Special Adviser acknowledged the vital place of the Parents Teachers Association and the Old Students Association, as partners in the ‘Rebuilding Our Future Together’ agenda of the present administration, assuring that government would not rest on its oars in bringing back the standard of education in which the State was known for.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Abosede Ogunleye, appreciated the stakeholders for honouring the invitation, saying their response to the meeting was a reflection of their passion for the education sector.
In their responses, the representatives of Parents Teacher Associations (PTAs), Old Students Association and School Principals of the Model Schools, commended government for the initiative, promising their support on policies which would improve the standard of education in the State.
They also recommended that healthy rivalry among the model schools, good medical facilities, adequate security, extra curricula activities, improved structural infrastructures should be put in place, with suggestions that students in the terminal classes should be mandated to use boarding facilities.