By Tope Orogun & Adekola Afolabi
The Ondo State House of Assembly Committee on Education, Science and Technology, has threatened to blacklist all private secondary schools operating in the state without being duly registered by the state’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
The Chairman of the committee and Deputy Majority Leader of the Assembly, Hon.(Barr) Olusegun Ajimotokin, who issued the threat during the committee’s oversight visit to the state Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in Akure, frowned at the ways and manners many private schools are operating in the state without approval by the government, adding that the situation has to be addressed in the interest of the state and the people.
Ajimotokin expressed displeasure over the rate at which many unregistered private schools are operating, saying that out of 348 private secondary schools operating across the state, a larger percentage of the schools are operating illegally and do not meet the necessary requirements.
He advised all proprietors and proprietresses of schools operating in the state to fulfil all righteousness and be duly registered or risk being blacklisted by the committee.
The committee Chairman explained that the oversight function was part of the constitutional roles of the hallowed chamber to oversee the activities of the ministry and other agencies under it to ensure that people of the state are well served and not shortchanged by the MDAs.
Ajimotokin equally urged all relevant stakeholders in the education sector to be ready to contribute their quotas to develop the sector.
He added that the committee will still embark on the monitoring of all schools in the state to ensure necessary things are done to move the education sector forward.
Other members of the committee on the oversight visit are, Hon. Felemu-Gudu Bankole, the vice chairman; Hon. Sola Ebiwonjumi, the House Minority Leader; Hon. Jamiu Maito, the House Parliamentary Secretary; Hon. (Engr) Musa Mukaila and Hon. Vincent Obadiah.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Pastor Femi Agagu appreciated the committee for their commitment to improve standard of education, assuring them of his support at all times to further take the sector to the next level of greatness.
On his part, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Revd Raphael Asaniyan described the visit as very robust and resourceful, saying that it would keep all necessary stakeholders in the education sector on their toes.
He described education as an important sector which cannot be toyed with, promising that the ministry will continue to work to improve the sector.