The state government of Oyo has sought to partner with the United Nations Children’s Fund to provide the technical support needed for the 2018/2019 annual school counting process.
This was announced on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, by State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye, during the presentation and distribution of 2018/2019 at the Emmanuel Alayande Resource Center in Ibadan.
Olaleye said the stakeholder meeting was another milestone in the current government’s efforts to generate accurate, timely, and reliable data for maximum results in providing educational services in the state.
Barr. Olasunkanmi explained that because of its impact on values and attitudes, education has great potential for the transformation of the individual and society.
He added that education helps educate and prepare people for different careers in life.
He said this underpinned the current government’s commitment and willingness to ensure that the required quality is achieved in the state’s education sector.
“The state government is committed to providing its citizens with high-quality education.
“This is the result of various initiatives that have brought about a positive reform of the state education sector and consequently led to a great demand for accurate and reliable data,” he said.
“The need to plan the education system arises from the fact that society is not static and education has to respond and adapt to the changing technological, economic, political and social environment of the nation.
“In line with global demand, statistical information is essential for the education sector. Data is the key to any practical and meaningful educational planning, which is why timely, accurate and up-to-date educational data are required.
“Therefore, ASC is an annual ministry event to obtain policy data, plan, monitor and evaluate the system to ensure effective educational management in the state,” he added.
However, he said that the exercise was not just a matter for the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, but a collective responsibility of everyone involved.
“The state of Oyo believes in an education system that offers every Nigerian equal opportunities, regardless of gender, social status, age, religion, ethnic background, geographic location, and particular challenges,” he said.
The United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has consistently supported the government of Oyo’s governmental education system in terms of collaboration and partnership to improve human performance, which is tailored to provide quality formal education.
Barr. Olaleye thanked all partners and interest groups, including UNICEF, and in particular the agencies and bodies of the ministry such as SUBEB, BOTAVED, TESCOM, AANFE, ETF, LIBRARY Board, private service providers, NAPPS, AMIS, APAPSS, Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning, State Statistics Office, National Population Commission Chapter Oyo State Chapter for their tireless support that the ministry has continuously enjoyed from them.
In presenting this year’s report, the Commissioner gave a brief overview of the 2018/2019 annual school census, showing that there were 2,449 public elementary schools, an increase of 35 schools compared to the 2017/2018 school session, an increase of 1 , Corresponds to 45%.
There was also a 566 increase in admission for junior and senior secondary schools, meaning that the increase from 3,945 in the previous school year increased by 2.9% and 5 public technical colleges in the state.
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