Ogun State government has re-affirmed its commitment to put the lives of the future leaders in the front burner of its administration and not play politics with their education and growth.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary and Secondary Education, Mrs. Ronke Soyombo stated this during a strategic meeting with private schools’ stakeholders at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, saying the development of the young ones was paramount and this was why the State government came up with the Ogun Digi-class, designed to cut across all levels of families, especially those in the lower income class, as well as grassroots, who could not access online learning.
Mrs. Soyombo noted that the virtual learning was one of the pro-active measures put in place by government to involve and teach the students during the lockdown period, explaining that the State had equally put in place, different intervention programmes to assist students, teachers, stakeholders and other essential workers in the education sector, to help cushion the effects of Covid-19, while also considering the Private Schools in these initiatives, in order to sustain the education standard.
“The Ogun Digi-class is made available to cut across all levels of family, because not all students can access online classes as it is the case with private schools; therefore, the initiative was to have it on Ogun State Television (OGTV) and Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation (OGBC), where it is easy to access the classes. There are over 100 videos of different subjects that could be downloaded for students’ benefits”, she said.
While allaying the fears of private schools’ proprietors, the Special Adviser urged them to look beyond monetary loss and work in synergy with government and strategise on ways to keep their schools active and afloat during this pandemic, as this is the reality of the day.
“We understand your plight and the government will work in synergy with you to map out ways to help; don’t be more concerned about the money you are losing, your main concern should be; How can I keep my staff and students active and relevant during this period, as well as come up with more pro-active ideas and measures”, she said.
Earlier in her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Abosede Ogunleye, while appreciating the proprietors for their support in uplifting standard of education in the State, described them as developmental partners, whose suggestions were pivotal to uplifting education to an international standard.
In his remark, the President, National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Dr. Lawrence Holumidey, commended the State Government for recognising private schools as major partner in the sector, explaining that the establishment of private schools was a humanitarian service that helps in supporting the intellectual growth and development of young ones and not for pure business, as insinuated in some quarters.
He appealed to the government to support their staff so as to ease the effects of lockdown on them, promising the cooperation of the group on any policy related to education.