The Oyo State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Joseph Olowofela, said 2,000 teachers who possessed higher certificates than their present status in the state primary schools would be redeployed to secondary schools as part of the ongoing schools’ reform by the government.
This followed the state government’s decision to implement the white paper of a committee inaugurated on July 12, 2016 after protests greeted the state government’s plan to involve stakeholders in the management of 31 public secondary schools in the state.
Olowofela said the aim of the directive was to optimise output and ensure that the standard of education in the state was improved.
He said, “What the government wants to achieve is efficiency to optimise output and to restructure workforce to enhance efficiency and productivity in the education sector.”
The state government recently released the white paper on its education reform drive to address the rot in the education sector. Under the new reforms, each public school will get a Governing Board that will manage its affairs.
The committee’s recommendations adopted by the government include the classification of the schools into five categories, restructuring of education agencies for effective interaction and information management, adoption of schools by willing partners, equitable distribution of teachers, improvement of quality assurance and implementation of the Education Trust Fund.