By Chris Chimezie & Adekola Afolabi
The Ondo State Government said yesterday that it has not abolished free education.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Information and Orientation Commissioner, Mr Yemi Olowolabi, which was made available to The Hope.
It said: “Following the release of the communique from the Education Summit, held between Thursday 26 and Friday 27, October 2017, the Ondo State government wishes to state:
“That the communique from the summit is as a result of the summary of the views of all the stakeholders in the education sector in the state.
“That over 2,000 stakeholders, drawn from all walks of life, including teachers, parents, PTA, faith-based organisations, ANCOPPS, VCs, NUT, SUBEB, UNICEF and ASUU among several others, participated in the two-day summit.
“That, it is expected that at the end of any summit, there is a communique, but it should be noted that the communique from the summit is not yet the position of government or government policy.
“ Expectedly, the state Commissioner for Education, whose ministry organised the summit, will ultimately present the Communique to the State Executive Council (SEC), where every point in it will be thoroughly discussed and debated before government takes a position.
“Therefore, the flurry of criticisms and commendations that have greeted the release of the communique are hasty and premature.
“Government wishes to state that it has not abolished free education in Ondo State and asks the people to remain calm until the State Executive Council appraises all the points raised in the communique.”
Meanwhile the State House of Assembly has declared that the communique was just a report of what transpired at the summit but not a government policy.
After exhaustive deliberation yesterday, the House therefore came up with a resolution read by the speaker, Rt. Hon. Bamidele Oleyelogun that, “the communique was just a report of what transpired at the summit but not a government policy.”
On his part, the Chairman, House Committee on Education, Hon. Olusegun Ajimotokin posited that the communiqué was just a report of what transpired at the Education Summit and not a government policy.
It would be recalled that the State Government convened an Education Summit held between Thursday 26 and Friday 27, October 2017, with a view to repositioning the sector for better performance.